My First French Polished Box

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-08-2012 06:54 AM 1827 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a box I made for my Sister some 8 years ago which she now uses for her special cutlery.
It is made from Western Australian Sheoak – (Allocasuarina fraseriana) and veneered with some Eucalypt burl which is book matched.
The corners are finger jointed and then the sides were shaped after assembly.
Sop bought inlay for the top.

This was my first learning curve for French polishing and I found it so rewarding to get such a smooth finish in very little time. There is something very special in using your hands to work the shine up compared with a spray or brush finish.

Key escutcheon is made from brass though now I prefer Abalone shell which I insert level to the surface.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 08:52 AM

Nice box Gumnut. Wonderful craftsmanship.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 10:56 AM

First class workmanship!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 01:46 PM

Sharp looking box, well made with fine craftsmanship, given the thickness of the sides, putting those quatrant hinges in there must have been precise work, nice job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 03:24 PM

What a beautiful box. The eucalyptus burl is perfectly matched and beautiful. Exquisite joinery and craftsmanship. Great work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 08:32 PM

Beautiful, just Beautiful!! I hope to be able to do such amazing work someday!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 07-09-2012 01:43 AM

Both of those woods are spectacular and your excellent craftsmanship did them justice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-09-2012 03:58 AM

Nice work, gumnut. It’s a pleasure just to look at it. Thanks for posting. And can you tell me how I can learn to do inlay work like this?
Best Regards,

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#8 posted 07-09-2012 07:56 AM

Thank you for the encouragement it is a joy to be appreciated.
Juanabee – Inlay is something that seems to be beyond many people but I disagree with that totally.
Firstly imagine it as a slot that you cut (with a router or by a blade along a ruler then chisel it out) and glue a strip of wood into. Then work on the fit being very snug. Then the strip you place in the slot has no defects on the side – practice this a few times and then you have the basis for your future work.
As time goes by you will discover that the patterns that are available from the wood shops are getting too boring and you will need to improve on that by making your own inlay, which is not as hard as it looks.
A good book to get is by Andrew Crawford called Fine Decorative Boxes ISBN 1-4027-0317-1
Have a look at his web site as well
And some of his boxes which are posted here

Thanks again for your wonderfull comments.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#9 posted 07-09-2012 05:59 PM

Nice workmanship. First thing I saw was a face staring back at me from the veneer. Spooky…. Don

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 10:52 AM

You did a great job on the French Polish. I’m new to it myself, but consider it to be the finest finish available.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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