|Project by superstretch||posted 12-28-2011 07:54 AM||1642 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
My boss spends some of his free time with a hobby of his—enjoying and making PVs (personal vaporizers, aka e-cigarettes). His aren’t the typical cigarette-looking clones.. they look more like mini light sabers. His plan was to make 5 special edition models (he’s pretty serious about this stuff and makes/sells a TON of them) and he wanted a nice way to present and store them.
Due to a nice CL find, I had several large chunks of 10/4 mahogany that I resawed and planed to 1” thick, book matched to 2”. The boxes were to be 2×4x6. I had my boss hog out the holes to hold the vaper and any accessories since I don’t have that great of a drill press. Once I got those back, I drilled some holes for 5mm barrel hinges, made the end caps from bocote, rounded over the tops and end caps, and chamfered the back where the top and bottom meet (to accommodate the opening action of the hinges).
Since it is Winter, after all, I brought everything in for glue ups, scraping, sanding, and finishing. The finish consists of 2 coats of Watco Danish Oil, with some light sanding to fill in the grain as best as I could (worked very well!) and then some coats of wipe on poly. The poly had some issues drying.. It gummed up in some places and never really left a tacky state, so I rubbed everything down with 0000 steel wool (my new best friend :)). The finish that the steel wool put on was so nice that I hit everything with a very light pass of wipe on and then waxed.
The final product looked amazing.. It feel smooth as a baby’s bottom and just had the deepest look you’ve ever seen in mahogany.
-- Dan, Rochester, NY