Ipe box finally finished

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Project by studie posted 12-26-2011 02:15 AM 3430 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box I posted a while back is now done with 12 coats of wipe on poly but I don’t wipe it off to get a build of finish. Each coat will have some dust or dog hair no matter how clean I prep it so sanding each coat is required with #400. the final sweet coat I used Griots automotive polish # 1 and then #3 polish to a gleam to turn any Ferrari red with envy! I love this finish but it takes forever and a day! Next box I plan to use pre cat lacquer, 3 coats and polish in 1 hour. This took a full week of evenings but I just had to try it and it is the bomb for durability! This box is for my dear sweet Mom who has helped me in so many ways this past few years so it had to be the best and over the top to show my love and appreciation. I also made my first bandsaw box for my client at the straw bale house. She has helped me to understand the love of raw wood features and to let the wood speak so finding art in the firewood pile it’s hard now to put wood in the stove! The last pic shows another box that after building then making the spline joints then cutting the coves the wood moved a bit. at least the miters opened up on the inside of the box from the wood relieving stress. I will have to make minute wedges to fill the gaps from Ipe. Thanks for looking and a Merry Christmas to all!!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 02:19 AM

Very nice finish on that box. About the glossiest wood item I’ve ever seen!

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 02:23 AM

I became obsessed with buffing, Griots car products are the finest out there and this is another way to take poly to the 9s. Thanks!

-- $tudie

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 02:44 AM

Wow, a lot of love and attention went into that…......Fantastic job, strikingly beautiful…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 02:59 AM

Beautiful box, fabulous finish. Another project for my favorites.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 03:16 AM

Beautiful box, outrageous finish.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 03:28 AM

What i really like about this project is obviously the level of finish you took it to but the chunky splines in the base are awesome.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 04:04 AM

Beautiful box well done.

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 04:26 AM

Very nice! I love the curves and beautiful finish.

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 04:58 AM

One of the nicest boxes I’ve ever seen! The sculpted splines and the super finish were well worth the time and effort. The gaps in the second box might be easily filled with some CA glue and sanding before it cures to imbed some sawdust into it. I have done this with splits and cracks and it makes them invisable.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 12-26-2011 05:11 AM

ipe is supposed to be next to imposable to put a finish on yet you were able to make it look very good. i want to know how this holds up. I was told that you cant use ipe for fine furniture work because you cant finish it. yet here is your box top looking most wonderful/ I want to know the secret and I want to know if it lasts or if it flakes off

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#11 posted 12-26-2011 06:09 AM

I have a horse owner client with the most beautifully finished Ipe chairs I’ve ever seen and the finish shows no signs of deterioration and I see them every time I go there. Don’t know what the finish is but it looks like rubbed out lacquer or poly.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 12-26-2011 06:43 AM

Superior finish! I must say you nailed it, beautiful design too. Great job. Merry Christmas.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#13 posted 12-26-2011 06:43 AM

That is the shiniest damn finish I’ve ever seen. I may have to try it.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#14 posted 12-26-2011 07:00 AM

That’s one impressive finish, like glass.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 12-26-2011 07:02 AM

Thanks all, I wipe the wood with acetone about an hour before wet sanding Dalys Teak oil for the first coat. I think this will penetrate & seal the wood for the poly. The wood is moving tho even after a month so the finish may crack later, I am curious to see how it holds up too!

-- $tudie

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