Several Lessons Learned

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Project by gfadvm posted 578 days ago 2027 views 5 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box from some Ipe (Brazilian Walnut) flooring and inlaid some strips of Zebrawood scraps from my last box. Finished with 3 coats of brushed on shellac which wasn’t drying fast enough to suit me. So I put in front of the furnace and went to feed the horses. When I came back 15 minutes later it was really gummy and covered with bubbles! Oooops! Left it overnight and sanded all the bubbles out and decided to try French Polish after getting lots of instruction from Blackcherry. Whoa! This is way too fun and I think probably my best finish to date. Dimensions: 11 1/2”x 7 1/2”x 5”. Tray is walnut with sycamore splines. Bottom of tray is the last of my antique ply with the logo on it. Wooden Patron/Grizz hinges. Zebrawood splines in box. I applied Renissance wax with a white Scotch pad after finish cured for 24 hours. Many thanks to Blackcherry!

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

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#1 posted 578 days ago

Very nice work Andy. I would like to try French polish too.

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#2 posted 578 days ago

Beautiful work, beautiful wood and beautiful finish

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 578 days ago

Beautiful looking finish. That should make any viewer want to reach out and touch it for sure. Glad to hear that it didn’t do more than just bubble. Great job.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 578 days ago

You’re getting mighty fancy there Doc !
Brazilian Walnut, Inlay, splines, antique ply tray, french polish, wooden hinges.
Man, there’s a lot going on in that box !

Pretty soon you’re going to make one that fly’s !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#5 posted 578 days ago

andy, i just love this one, very nice design and wood choice, perfect splines and the finish is top notch, so if ask you for the same help, can you let me know how you do this finish…congrats buddy and another wonderful winner..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 578 days ago

Great looking box and finish. I thought I was the only one to impatient to let shellac dry !

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 578 days ago

Oh Yea Andy! Nature gives us some great material and the finish really bring out her glory, lots of fun with this technique ….I know over time you’ll really grow to love this finish but it has its limits as to where and when to use…BC

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#8 posted 578 days ago

That’s a beauty Andy…..nice recovery on the finish!! I gotta learn the french polish thing…..I love shellac as a finish. The antique ply is cool, what’s the story on that?

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#9 posted 578 days ago

I Love this box design, and it seems to look great no matter what wood you do it in. Although thats probally more your talent. I can’t wait until mine’s finished.

-- mike c

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#10 posted 578 days ago

That is gorgeous Andy.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 578 days ago

Now that is a hum-dinger of a box Andy. Nice save on the finish.
Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 578 days ago

A mighty fine example of great work. Glad you were able to pull the finish out of a nose dive! Yeah, let’s hear more about this french polish finishing process!!!

Yep! Ya done did it right, again!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 578 days ago

A beauty of a box Andy.
Love the inlay.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#14 posted 578 days ago

Thanks guys. I’ll try to answer the questions I remember: Jeff- That ply came out of the back of an old wardrobe that my wife’s dad built 70 years ago. When he died, a lot of stuff was going to the landfill and I just couldn’t let that happen so I salvaged a bunch of stuff. Grizz- I can’t take any credit for the finish. Blackcherry talked me through the process and I’m trying to get him to do a short blog as this is his technique, not mine. I watched a lot of U Tube vids about this technique and they made it seem very intimidating so I was afraid I couldn’t do it. The method I used is way too simple (and fun) to work this well. I’ll say it again: “everything I know about woodworking, I learned from the great people on this site.”

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

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#15 posted 578 days ago

Great looking box Andy, I’ve got to give those hinges a try. I would also like to hear more about that finish.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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