|Project by Ossian||posted 06-16-2013 02:10 AM||2590 views||16 times favorited||20 comments|
This one is a completely different tack on the “make a perfectly good box and savage it with an angle grinder” method. It was actually the first box I did this to, and I didn’t intend to actually finish it.
It went like this: a couple years ago I was making a tea box and had an unexpected learning experience with the router that basically made it necessary to shorten the box too much for tea, which made the bois de rose key at the top actually exposed. After a time of stomping around and suggesting various fertility or salvation aspects of the box, the router, and my woodworking skills, I finally used it to hold my router bits and threw it on a shelf to be a useful but unfinished box.
Then the angle grinder boxes caught my eye, and I thought I’d try one. I didn’t want to start on a good box, so I looked around for a block of wood or something, and saw my router-bit-and-general-garbage box. I brushed it off, cut a piece of sapele I had lying around and that looked discolored and generally ugly, and tried out the angle grinder. On each side I played with it differently, seeing what it could do well and what it didn’t do as well.
One of the things I found out was that smooth, organic lines cut into wood and polished just grab my fingers and drag them over and over and over the grain. I think this finish (tung oil and carnauba wax) might actually be mostly finger oil.
The other thing I found out was that the sapele reject I used was actually a very nice pomelle figured piece that just needed smoothing and oil.
So. Horrific mistake to intentional sacrifice for the experience to jewelry box. Not a bad job for something I screwed up horribly.