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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 05-13-2012 02:36 PM 2373 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned piece for a high school friend. She is giving it to her boyfriend for his birthday. He is a Mason and she wanted the emblem incorporated into the top. So after veneering the top I hand-cut the emplem in the veneer and then used glitter glue. Gold for the compass and G, blue for the square. After sanding the top down and applying the finish it came out really nice. Just enough color to look cool, not overly glittery or gaudy.

Made from mahogany veneer, walnut for trimming out the sides, birch ply for adhering the veneer and maple for the 4 corner posts.

The request was for it to appear like a tree trunk after a tree has been cut down (the concentric rings). So by mirroring the veneer on the top, front and back we achieved that look. The sides were the cut-offs from the top two pieces of veneer so they sort of have a flowing look to the grain. The natural splits and cracks in the veneer just add to the natural look.

Sanded to 400-grit followed by 500-grit Abralon pad and then finished with Deft Danish oil.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com





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patron

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 02:45 PM

very well made

a great gift
for a masonic brother

the natural and subtle look
really comes alive

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 03:48 AM

Very nice looking box Rich

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 11:23 AM

Very nice box. You did an excellent job on this and the inlay turned out very good.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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SteveTaylor

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 03:25 PM

Nice job Rich. Ilike the way you used the veneer to simulate the end grain, without having to go throught the headaches of seasonal movement in actually using a piece of end grain.

A few questions…. What did you use to cut the veneer, and did you used any adhesive to hold the glitter in the inlay?

Steve

-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my successes....so I learn quite often."

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 05:39 PM

Just printed out the emblem, spray adhesived it to the top and used a razor knife to cut out the emblem. Bought glitter glue from Joann’s (craft store).

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 09:54 PM

Nice Job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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