|Project by Steve O||posted 06-08-2012 06:36 PM||2298 views||14 times favorited||21 comments|
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