Box with too many inside corners

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Project by Steve O posted 06-08-2012 06:36 PM 2539 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box and I got along well during the design stage, construction wasn’t too bad, but the finishing was a pain in the b*. Mostly it was my fault for not foreseeing the problems ahead. But, hey, that’s what practice and challenges are all about, right?

The constrained volumes between the body, feet and side rails were the worst. Primarily I like to use brush on shellac, leveled and buffed out to a pleasant soft sheen. This was very difficult to accomplish in those areas, but I’m not sure that a spray finish would have been much easier. I ended up wrapping a thin stick with some 0000 steel wool. I’d like to get some feedback from you experts out there in LumberJock land – can you recommend a better way?

About the wood – I was browsing the aisle at my favorite wood store and came across an unusual piece of figured bass wood. I have used bass wood before to practice carving and know it to be a pretty plain vanilla sort of wood, but this piece actually has some fiddle-back pattern shimmering thru. It shows up a little in some of the photos. The body is made from a left-over scrap of leopard wood.

If I were to do this again I would reduce the height to give it a more horizontal aspect. As it is now it’s a little “dowdy”.

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 06:41 PM

Hello Steve O


A really nice box and a great work

And a nice design

Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJ’s

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 06:56 PM

Just askin’, but couldn’t you have applied the finish to those smaller parts before final assembly, then removed the finish in the areas necessary for assembly? Sort of like you would do if painting and assembling a plastic model. Some of those pieces are pretty small and would be difficult if not impossible to paint once installed. You paint them first, then scrape the paint away from the areas of glue contact.
Very cool box, I don’t think it’s out of proportion at all….

Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 07:00 PM

That is a very nice box. I really like the design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 07:13 PM

a really nice design! sweet finish and great work.

-- -Thomas -

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 07:54 PM

I like it, looks cool!

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 08:23 PM

Beautiful design, I would have finished some parts before assembly. There is no fix. Not all projects make it easy on you.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#7 posted 06-08-2012 08:41 PM

great design! really unique and well executed.

-- “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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#8 posted 06-08-2012 08:43 PM

The proportions looks great, style looks great, wood color combinations look great, finish looks great, in fact, everything looks great! Yes, I realize the finishing definitely would be a pain in the A** but this does not look “dowdy”. I believe you found “complaint” mainly because it was so hard to finish! Most of us are our own’s worst critic! Go easy on yourself!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 06-08-2012 10:10 PM

Wonderful box and choice of woods. I agree, I would have tried to finish the pieces before assembly. Thanks for sharing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 06-08-2012 10:21 PM

I dunno I like it very much.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 06-08-2012 10:26 PM

Very neat design! I love the way the legs elevate the box… very nice!

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#12 posted 06-09-2012 12:53 AM

That’s awesome! I thought it was curly maple on the top. Worth the pain of finishing!

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#13 posted 06-09-2012 01:09 AM

Wow that’s an amazing design with great wood and just down right beautiful top to bottom.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 06-09-2012 02:14 AM

Very nice box. Interesting grain is where you find it. I’ve even handled some curly pine. There is bound to be some interesting grain, somewhere- witness what has been pulled from the firewood pile and made into amazingly beautiful turnings, for example, and posted here.

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#15 posted 06-09-2012 02:29 AM

Very nice design and the wood combination is very fitting .
Its a box that will be remembered .

-- Kiefer 松

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