|Project by tsdahc||posted 05-08-2012 02:04 PM||935 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I decided to make a small box for my moms desk for mothers day. I wanted to use a simple design with some unique woods to set the piece. I went to a local hardwood dealer and gleaned through his cut off stocks. I picked up a bunch of bloodwood and on the way to check out found a nice piece of cocobolo. The box is about 9 inches long, 3.5 inches wide and 3 inches tall, well a little over three with the top on. The top is a solid piece that was dado to fit into the box. The top was then hand chamfered with a block plane to create a subtle curve to the top. The bloodwood box was splined with cocobolo. The bottom is a small piece of cherry I had laying around that had darkened from age. I used tung oil on the box, 3 coats and then two coats of polly finished with paste wax and buffed with a wheel. For the top I used acetone to remove the oils and then poly wax and buffed.
This is my first time working with both bloodwood and cocobolo. Learned a lot and did my homework on the negative effects of the dust so I made sure to have my respirator on when cutting. I tried to use hand tools when possible, so very little sanding, finished with scrappers instead where I could, used block plane to ease edge etc. I really enjoyed working with it and trying some more exotic type of wood.