Sister boxes

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Project by Tokolosi posted 02-27-2012 05:33 PM 1412 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these two boxes for a friends young daughters as a thank you gesture for a favor he did me. Simple pine boxes. What was interesting is I initially intended a oil only finish. I have had great results on pine with Old English Almond oil. Especially if the wood is grainy. However I didnt like the look of this particular batch when oiled. So I applied red mahogany minwax stain to one straight after oiling. And the result was unexpected. The oil somehow altered how the sapwood absorbed the stain creating a stripey antique’ish look. The second box got Minwax provincial over the almond oil.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 05:57 PM

Nice looking boxes

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 08:35 PM

They look good, kind of like a couple of family heirlooms, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 12:08 AM

neat looking boxes; good job on the finish – I know how blotchy pine can be but it looks like you have overcome that problem

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 01:08 AM

What a great unexpected result. Sometimes thing just seem to work out for the best, great boxes

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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