|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 01-29-2012 10:32 PM||2777 views||5 times favorited||46 comments|
I was just playing around with a box of assorted exotic woods I picked up on eBay. The lighter wood is obviously (?) mahogany. I’m not so sure about the darker wood on the sides and inlay. It looks a lot like walnut, but seems a bit darker and has a very different aroma than walnut when cutting it…. almost like cinnamon. Guesses, anyone?
The lid is held in place by a thin keeper, almost the size of the box opening, glued to the underside of the lid. I used simple butt joints on the sides, and installed the light-colored plugs simply for visual effect as there was no reason to actually use dowels or screws in such a small box (approx. 6” x 5” x 4”high).
The finish is somewhat of a hodgepodge, since I kept changing my mind. :-) One coat of BLO, followed by a coat of Crystalac clear grain filler, followed by two coats of wipe-on poly, and finally buffing on my three-wheel buffing system. It probably would have turned out the same if I had gone straight to the buffer in the first place, but that would have been too easy.
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"