After a few years of viewing Lumberjock’s, I just signed up. To get rolling I thought I’d post a few recent projects. This first one is a pet urn I made for our cat who past away a short time ago. After our cat past away, our vet showed us numerous urn boxes that were very expensive, made overseas and not very nice looking. That inspired me to make my own box and at the very least our cat who lived 16 years desereved nothing less.
The Box is made from Cocobolo with Ebony corner splines and a shop turned knob on top. I had not worked much with Cocobolo before this project outside of turning blanks for pens. The box construction went very well until it came time to apply finish. I started with a sanding sealer using dewaxed shellac, then applied a wipe on coat of Arm-R-Seal… that’s where things went bad. The wipe on oil-poly just would not dry and turned into a sticky mess after a week of dry time. After much stress and searching the web for answers, the Woodwhisper’s website came to the rescue! I saw a posting where Mark discussed finishing Cocobolo and other oily woods. The trick is to wipe down the wood with Acetone, then apply a shellac sanding sealer and go on to the wipe on oil-poly finish after that… it worked. I was very please with how the boxed turned out.