|Project by ChrisJ||posted 02-29-2012 07:58 PM||1471 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
Like many of my fellow jocks, I’ve been fascinated by these things since I first saw them on LJ. Good wood is kind of scarce around my parts without driving a couple hours so I didn’t really know where I was going to get a 2” square chunk of whatever wood I wanted to use. It hit me when I was looking to see what was available online: turning blanks. I got several very well priced 12” blanks of Silver Maple, Ash, Walnut, & Purple Heart.
There is a huge difference in the quality of the first box vs. the second. I did one about a month before the other and watched Roy Underhill’s video a couple of times. Though the second is by no means perfect, it looks and works much better.
Box 1 (pics 1-3): Silver Maple with an Oak key (key isn’t cut very well and I’m still not quite sure why I used oak. It didn’t work well and it doesn’t look very nice). The upper lid is cut using a 1:8 angle and it was a little bit harder to open. Finished with Danish Oil…I’m not sure I like that particular combination of wood/finish. There are some black streaks in the wood and I can’t figure out where they came from, anyone know?
Box 2 (pics 4-6): Walnut with an Ash key. I used a 1:6 angle and it seems to work better. I’m totally impressed with the look of this piece. It was pretty ugly before the finish was put on and I didn’t hold out a lot of hope. I needed a food safe finish since I’m purposing this one as a salt cellar. Several coats of Mineral Oil later and it looks great: rich and dark. I wanted to put some beeswax on it as an additional protection and to make it nice and shiny but no one in town has any. I guess it’ll be the Internet to the rescue again.