Art Fair Box #6

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Project by UncleStumpy posted 09-14-2012 09:53 AM 1398 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More Art Fair Pics. I still have these boxes because this fair was like trying to sell caviar to a tuna fish crowd.

Anyway, my first try at onlay – store bought eagle onlay with some bwb trim on Curly Maple top. Box is Walnut with Curly Maple legs. Bottom is lined with brown deerskin. Box is 10×4x5.
Learned a neat trick from a woodworker on Youtube. On the back of the onlay, spread a layer of wood glue and let it dry overnight. Next day, iron it on like glue backed edge banding – easy and works perfectly! I have used the same trick on larger pieces of veneer and it worked fine too.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 10:12 AM

The box looks great! How you did the inlay is interesting. I will have to see if I can find that video. Good job.

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 10:32 AM

Very nice inlay,beautifull box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 11:49 AM

Very colorful. Nicely done inlay also. I like the design of this box.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 03:49 PM

Checked your projects , some nice pieces. Thanks for the tip! How many Art shows do you attend?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 04:55 PM

Really nice looking Box. Fairs are very unpredictable. Even if you think the crowd is tailor made for you.

Nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-14-2012 11:59 PM

To GenerationWW, I went back to YouTube and found the video for you (and anybody else who is interested).

At YouTube type in: veneering with yellow glue
The guy also has a vid about the same process with wide edge banding.

Now you owe me a tip! I’m learning something new every day on LJ.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 12:10 AM

To DocSavage45 – Actually, this was my first fair per/se, I am trying any venue I can find. I had a conversation with fellow LJ’er Dennis Hunter about fairs. He is very successful at selling at fairs and the bottom line seems to be research….. and if one is a flop, don’t go back.
Thanks for the nice wirds!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 01:59 AM

Stumpy, sorry the fair didn’t work out. This box is a nice design. The legs add interest, as does the curve at the bottom, and the on lay. I take it that the onlay is not inset into the top and stands proud of the surface. I have used that iron trick on this box. Click was the only way to attach the veneer and not have glue show in the holes. I had some problems keeping the temperature right. Too hot and it turns black and doesn’t bind.

How are the legs attached? How hot was the iron you used?

Thanks for including dimensions. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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