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Project by DaveDelo posted 03-12-2013 12:29 PM 1792 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

African mahogany box with wenge bowtie inlay on the 4 sides. The lid proved to be a real challenge to finish due to reverse grain. Used 3 coats of Watco clear and then did the 3 step Beall polish. Was about to pitch this project because of the reverse grain. Careful sanding, wet sanding, card scrapping…...nothing seemed to help very much. Decided to polish and I’d say I’m 99% satisfied with the results that process had in appearence. The sides, front, back and bottom presented no problems finishing but the top was a real PIA.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 12:33 PM

Very nice box and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Pimzedd

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 01:46 PM

Nice box. Did you use a router for the box joints?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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DaveDelo

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 02:57 PM

Yes, I used my home-made router table with Incra system with the Wonder fence. Cut these about a year ago along with a couple other maple, walnut and cherry carcasses but never did anything with them. Finally got tired of moving them around every time I did something on the work bench.

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WoodenFrog

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 03:38 PM

Beautiful!
Very nice looking joints, what a minute that sounds like something Cheech would say to Chong ;)
Anyway great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 05:32 PM

Well done, looks great, joints look really nice and tight.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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DaveDelo

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 06:39 PM

thanks for the kind words y’all

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nakedjoinery

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 12:40 AM

Nice box but seriously, next time you get the urge to throw something that nice out email me your address so I can beat trash guy to it. The grain on that lid is awesome.

-- mike c

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workerinwood

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 01:04 PM

Very nice!! Love the grain on the lid.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Pimzedd

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#9 posted 03-13-2013 02:27 PM

Glad to hear you used an Incra system. I bought an Ultra fence about three weeks ago at an estate sale. $25. The back of the fence does not have the teeth for the stop to mesh into. some of the templates are missing and not manual. Other than that, it all appears to work.

Now to give it a try on a box.

Thanks for posting.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 04:12 PM

Handsome box! Great joinery and the bowtie adds a nice touch to it.

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