|Project by Pimzedd||posted 06-28-2012 08:45 PM||5367 views||14 times favorited||14 comments|
I took Woodshop back in 1962. I made a coffee table and end table for my parents which they used for many years. While getting the house ready for sale in 1998, I discovered the tables. I kept them thinking that someday I would do something with them. That time has come.
That woodshop class led me to me lifelong career. I taught “shop” for 34 years and was an administrator over Trade and Industrial programs for 6 years. That 9th grade class and the teacher, who is still a friend, led me down that path. Who says shop classes are a waste of time!
A close friend and fellow administrator was retiring recently. I knew she would appreciate something hand made and with a connection that led to our working together. I needed a project and a look through my LJ Favorites (currently over 500) provided the idea of a ribbon box. The plan can be found at Steve Good's site. Thanks Steve.
The table was made from Birch and finished with a tinted lacquer. After cutting two pieces to size, 3.5×5 inches, I removed the old finish with a scraper. I resawed the 1/8 in. thick top and bottom on a table saw and scraped them smooth. Using Steve’s method, I cut out the body of the top and bottom on a scroll saw that was given to me recently (a little clean up and adjustment and it worked great, free working equipment is good). A little scraping and the top and bottom were ready for glue.
The ribbon was made from some Lacewood that was given to me by a fellow Lumberjock, MikeOfAllTrades. Mike makes some great knives and keeps a number of pieces of exotic wood on hand. Thanks Mike.
Following gluing with Titebond III, the box was ready for finish. I sprayed on two coats of Zinsser’s Bulls Eye clear shellac. Then two coats of H. Behlen’s top coat lacquer. Both from rattle cans. Both worked great.
Gave the box to my friend at her retirement party. She loved it. Then I had to go get it back from her later, I realized that I had not taken any photos and I wanted to post them here.
I would only make one change, I forgot to round over the ribbons where they go over the top and down the sides. I’ll remember for the next box. I am making one for my daughter who is getting married. More on that latter.
-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school