|Project by snewOevaD||posted 04-20-2012 09:33 PM||1294 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
This is a design I got out of the book, Basic Box Making by Doug Stow pg23.
this is highly figured white oak that I inherited from my Dad’s stash of wood.
The finish is “Natural” Danish Oil with spray on lacquer as a top coat.
Things I’ve learned from this project:
1. Rit dye won’t soak into dowels, Not even if they are only 1/8 inch thick.
.....A. Spend the money, buy some ebony, and make your own dowels.
2. Highly figured wood cracks very easily when driving nails. I pre-drilled, but some of the holes were deeper than others, and some of the copper tacks were actually thicker than others. Also, the order I nailed tacks in, and the amount of support under the piece mattered too. ....A I actually made four boxes, and the first one has a cracked lid. This happened while nailing on the Leather hinges. My four-and-a-half year old now has a box to call his own. The box you see is Number 2, and 3 and four haven’t been hinged yet, pictures to follow.
3. Lacquer will make sharpie marker run. On one of the four, I used sharpie to make the pins in the corner black all the way through. one of them ran a little when the Lacquer was sprayed on.
4. when using Filler to fill porous wood, just resign to the fact that they don’t make that color. I had to use the really light color, Dark Walnut, and the Red Oak colors mixed together in differing amounts until I had the color just right.
5. Most of the pores will lose all of the filler when using a random orbit sander. (even really fin sandpaper) I need to learn how to fill pores in wood, or be more patient with lots of coats of clear during finishing, or both.
Thanks for Looking, if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.