|Project by Woodhacker||posted 05-09-2008 04:32 AM||6403 views||17 times favorited||25 comments|
This is the second in a series of six of this style of box that I’m working on. This box, like the first I posted yesterday is derived from the plan found in Woodsmith Vol. 29 No. 174. This box was a birthday gift for the wife of one of my nephews. Her name is Brandy. I’m trying to make each of these unique and special, so this one has a “B” inlaid into the lid.
The box is basically the same construction I used in the first one I posted (at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7441 ). The top, front and back are all curly maple. The sides on this box are Caribbean Rosewood. Until recently, I’d never even heard of this wood but saw it online at www.hardwoodemporium.com and decided to order some. I love this wood. It has a typical rosewood aroma, a very tight close grain and finishes very smooth. Very colorful too.
The inlay in the top is also Caribbean Rosewood. The base is hickory, but it’s covered inside with non-stretchable burgundy felt, since burgandy is her favorite color.
This box is finished with 9 coats of poly/oil blend with a final 1500 grit sanding. This was sufficient to fill all the grain pores…which is something I strive for when trying to create a very smooth finish. It always seems that sanding a recently cured finish softens it somewhat, so after the 1500 grit sanding I let it sit for several days before hand rubbing this one out with behlens buffer’s polish. For me this seems to be a key to getting a glass-smooth finish.
-- Martin, Kansas