|Project by Doug||posted 10-18-2012 09:47 AM||1630 views||10 times favorited||21 comments|
I was asked by a good friend of mine, (Terry Macmanus, who happens to be the finest pastel portrait artist I have ever know), to make a box to given as a gift to one of his family members.
So culling through some short and odd pieces of lumber in my Pack Rat pile..I found a piece of cherry from an old tossed out piece of furniture. It had nail holes in it..which I did not see right away. I began to plane off the rough surface from it, the holes appeared with black streaks from the iron nqails. I thought this looked really neat. Cutting into the sides..letting the wood dictate the size, i formed the box shape. There was some zebrawood, I glued together to make the iid. I scroll sawed two seagull shape into the wood. I band sawed a wave shpe adding a strip of maple between the two. I inlaid a scrap of paudauk to represent the sun. From there i just let the design of the box tell me where it wanted to go. I added 3/16/” walnut inlay to the zebrawood as a frame, and some purpleheart in the miter keys. This was difficult, as the purple heart kept chipping off. Finally getting them to stay whole. i was able to put on an oil finish. Took a lot longer than i thought it would (wood),,but it was well worth the learning experience. OH..the seagull ….nice idea..I used scupley clay …baked the top at 265 degress for 20 minutes.(top is 5/16th” thick) let cool sanded and hand scraped level. I like it..hope he does.
-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood