Marblewood Box after applying finissssssh

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Project by longgone posted 01-21-2012 02:12 AM 2868 views 10 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I posted photos of this box before applying the finish cause I ran out of cans of Lacquer and i really liked the natural beauty of the wood without a finish.

This week I applied 7 coats of lacquer and buffed out the final coats with steel wool to try to eliminate some of the shine..even though it was a satin finish. I really like Marblewood and hope to find some more soon. I have 2 shows coming up in March an May and hope to have more of this wood to use for boxes at the shows.

Grinding and sanding these creates an outrageous amount of sawdust that always seems to cover every inch of my shop and I constantly have to vaccum up everywhere. I have a central vaccum dust collector with 4” flex hoses at each end of my shop with brush attachments. I always use a Trend Air Shield Pro to keep it out of my lungs.
I am getting ready to close off a 5×7 corner of my shop to make a room to hopefully contain the dust. It will have my downdraft table in it which is hooked to my dust collector. Additionally I have 3 homemade air cleaners using squirrel cage blowers that I plan to mount to the outside wall of the dust room and install return aid vents in the inside for easy filter removal.
Hopefully this will help with the sawdust problem containment.

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 02:14 AM

wonderful box a great design and cool wood.

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 02:16 AM

Love your boxes and the wood is great.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 02:18 AM

Holy Mackerel !! That is one great looking box : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 02:19 AM


What I belirve is you have demonstrated an evolution and refinement in your technique, yet you have always had a inate sense of the visual motion of the piece and your carving seems to bring it out.

Finishing it right is equally important, and it appears you have a madness to your method. LOL

Don’t you ever get tired of all the KUDOs? Just kidding.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 02:45 AM

Great to see it finished…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 03:31 AM

I already commented as to the beauty and perfection. Now 3 questions: did you use Deft rattle can satin? And when you buffed it with steel wool did you use any lubricant (wax, mineral spirits, etc)? How long did you wait between coats? Oklahoma humidity is similar to La. so our dry times should be similar.

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

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 03:39 AM

Nice finish!

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#8 posted 01-21-2012 03:44 AM

I was all set to say I was happy with it natural, but the finish really brings out some color without getting all ostentatious about it

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#9 posted 01-21-2012 04:19 AM

Beautiful box…......they’re all looking good together….......great family…...........good company….........

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

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#10 posted 01-21-2012 04:27 AM

Love the boxes, the marblewood fits the contours, Great combination.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 01-21-2012 04:54 AM

Looks beautiful with the finish. Another masterpiece by Greg.. that’s all I can say, it’s lovely.


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#12 posted 01-21-2012 05:56 AM

I’ve seen one other box on here like this (both are exquisite btw), and am curious if they are hand carved or are they machined somehow?

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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#13 posted 01-21-2012 06:29 AM

It’s perfect! Stunning.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 01-21-2012 06:42 AM

Alfa168 got to Greg’s home page and pull up his complete projects page you will get a wonderful histoey, and discussion as you read the commentary,

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 01-21-2012 02:31 PM

you are an amazing boxmaker. I always enjoy seeing your skill.

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