|Project by SFLTim||posted 03-13-2013 11:03 PM||1904 views||7 times favorited||15 comments|
This is my first attempt at a jewelry/display type of box. Dimensions are 7-1/4” x 5-1/2” x 3-1/2”, and wall thickness is 0.45”. I really enjoyed developing this idea, it just sort of came together in my head without plans. The main structural elements of the box are pieces of salvaged Mahogany, which I had rescued from numerous dumpster diving episodes while working at high-end construction jobs. It’s amazing what trim carpenters will throw away… The top and bottom floating panels are milled from a cutoff log of a Sapodilla Tree, which is a somewhat rare South American tree from which chewing gum has been traditionally made. I resawed some nice planks from the log and fell in love with the lustrous walnut-like color, but mostly with the awesome figure in the grain. I knew this would absolutely pop when the finish was applied, and it did not fail to deliver. I learned one important lesson while constructing this piece: Know which hinges you plan on using before milling the pieces to less than 1/2”. I ended up having to use 5mm barrel hinges which are a real bear to locate and drill, especially with my aging eyes. Probably best to keep future work at no less than 1/2” thickness.
The Mahogany was finished with 3 coats of wipe-on poly, sanded with 400 grit paper and/or 0000 steel wool between coats. I completed with 3 coats of paste wax buffed out by hand. The Sapodilla top and bottom were finished with multiple coats of Danish Oil, followed with the poly and paste wax. I’m very happy with the rich luster of the finish on both species in this case.
Thanks for looking. I appreciate any critiques.