Maple Chest

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Project by bigike posted 10-21-2012 02:50 AM 1198 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, the story is I took time off like 6-9 months out of my shop so this was just a practice box for me. I made it into a gift for a friends wife and I hope it will bring some commission work my way. I do know that when I follow plans from someone else’s work I tend to screw up so bad and its tuff to fix on the fly, I had a hard time with the joinery then the dye and the last was the polish. I got it done and I’m gonna ship it to her Monday. I accept all comments + or – enjoy.
I also have other things coming in the near future I have about five different projects goin right now. Thanks!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 02:55 AM

Great looking finish on these bad boys, really pops the grain and figure.

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 05:34 AM

Hey Ike how ya doing? Yeah the finish is amazing! Can you tell me what you used? Absolutely beautiful boxes!

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 07:55 AM

Ike, generally I don’t like staining wood, but this look is an exception. Beautiful grain and accent end. I like the design the raised lid adds interest and the lift works well. It is nice that you took time to make this more useful by completing the ring holder. I probably would have added another divider just for stability. Are the ends doweled in or did you use biscuits?

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 10-21-2012 09:26 AM

Nice looking. Great finish.

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

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 02:45 AM

You managed to really enhance the grain on that beautifully figured maple. That is awfully fancy for a practice box. Can’t wait to see what happens when you get “serious”.

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

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 03:21 AM

Thank you for all the great comments,
mcjibbin, I used lacquer from behlens thinned 1 to 1 with lacquer thinner from the same company and sprayed on 8 coats then I sanded from 600-2000 gritt and used a fine polish compound from 3M and a Swirl Remover from Mcguires all found at Auto Zone.
Boxguy, I did use dowels but I think it would have come out a little better with the biscuits interms of the alignment.

I also should have explained, the first pic is just the parts cut and stained.
Second pic, is the good job I did putting in the hinges.
Third and fourth pic, is the box complete without the final finish.
Fifth and sixth, is the box with lacquer finish sprayed on and the added ring bars and acrylic tray with a felt lined bottom. Thanks again.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 12:42 PM

Really poppin finish. Very nicely done. I like the sides with the handles built in. Wood combos are nice also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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