|Project by majeagle1||posted 01-03-2012 07:04 AM||6036 views||87 times favorited||78 comments|
I just finished this project barely in time for Christmas. It was a gift for a wonderful LJ friend Rustfever , well, actually his wife ! Over the past year Ira has been very gracious in providing me with some absolutely wonderful wood such as Claro Walnut, Red Gum Eucalyptus, Pistachio, Maple Burl …... just to name a few. I had mentioned that If his wife would like a jewelry box, you name it and it is yours! Well, he came up with some fantastic Big Leaf Maple and some Alligator Juniper Burl that he got from a trip to Az.
After a few discussions about the actual configuration of the box, this is what we came up with. She had seen some of my other jewelry chests, this is kind of a take off.
As I got into the “rough” lumber, I could truly see just how wonderful the Maple was. Then I started slicing the burl, OMG, what fantastic figure and color! Now this is the first time I have actually used “burl”. It was quite a challenge as if I tried to machine it with the router table ( even with sharp carbide bits) it still wanted to chip. Then as I started to work with it I found out that the actual “structure” of the wood was really not that great, as a solid piece of lumber. I would start sanding and shaping the drawer fronts and “bam” all of a sudden, it cracked. All I can say is “what would I do without CA”. Once I got the insets and drawer fronts stabilized, it all came together rather nicely. Most important, Ira’s wife liked it…............ that is all that counts !
Finished with my favorite Danish Oil and Wax finish.