|Project by Don||posted 07-04-2013 at 10:30 PM||1255 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
Most of you won’t know me. I used to be a regular poster to this site, but the busyness of life took me away from woodworking. Never-the-less, I have been occasionally visiting to see some fairly amazing creations.
I first became aware of Andy’s work when he commented on one of my boxes.
Then he showed us his Art Boxes and I was blown away. I had never seen anything like them and filed it away for something I would attempt some day.
Well, that day has come ~ a life-time friend of mine is turning 70 this fall. I live in Australia but will be visiting him in Vancouver, Canada, in a few weeks, so I wanted to make this one for him. To me, this style of box has a masculine feel to it; kind of rugged and weather-beaten. So I set about copying Andy’s box style using Aussie wood. Remember, copying is the sincerest form of flattery.
The box body and lid are made of Jarrah. Normally, Jarrah is a fairly tight grained red timber with not much grain contrast. But I found this piece of Jarrah with amazing colouring, so thought it would make an attractive piece. I made sure that the grain ran around the box in a continuous flow. The medallion insert is another uniquely Australian species known as Celery-top Pine. And the Handle is my favorite Australian wood, Huon Pine. Whilst Jarrah is a fairly hard Eucalyptus, the two Pine species are in the conifer family and are quite soft and easy to work and shape.
The finish is one coat of shellac to seal the grain and four coats of MinWax Wipe-On Poly with a light buffing between each coat using very fine steel-wool. I wait 24 hours between each coat to make sure each coat is hardened right through.
I found an old piece of material in a tapestry weave to line the box bottom that I thought complemented the colour of the wood and at the same time, enhance the masculine look of the box. I call the box ”Driftwood”.
It’s no Crawford, but it’s my tribute to the finest box maker on this site.
Oh, and by the way, I still love small wooden boxes!
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/