|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 12-27-2011 12:39 AM||1274 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
Before Christmas last year, before last Valentine’s day, before her May birthday, before graduation day, before she went off to start college, I promised my grand daughter that I’d make her something.
Then each of those events snuck by & I hadn’t gotten around to it. I had it in my head that it was going to be a small keepsake box, but I couldn’t quite settle on the design or the wood.
A while back, I came across some small pieces of oak with some unusual staining & I posted a couple of pics in a blog here asking if anyone had seen anything like it. At that point, it was fresh cut, wet & heavy & the plan was to use it for some turning, if I could ever get to it. I did saw some into short boards & stickered to dry.
This was what I had to use. Great idea… fraught with challenges. As the wood dried, and probably because of whatever caused the unusual staining, it began to separate in what I’d call ring shake style. Still, I wanted to use it, so I began what for a while seemed to be a never ending process of stabilizing the wood. First, CA glue poured into cracks & fissures, followed by clear epoxy in the wider, deeper ones. (separate steps)
Seemed to work & I’m hoping that all the separating is finished. (because the box is)
I used the oak for the base & the lid with ash for the box sides & tray bottom. The box floor is scrap cherry & the tray sides are maple from re-cycled pallet lumber. The result, I think, is a nice contrast. The good news was that I finished at noon on Christmas day. (they were arriving at 2pm…no sense waiting until the last minute, right?)
The even better news was that she liked it. Hoo hoo, Merry Christmas to me! -SST
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