|Project by Elizabeth||posted 07-09-2013 05:08 AM||2057 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
This is one of four bandsaw boxes that I have been working on. I finished this one first so I could give it to my visiting mother-in-law before she returns home tomorrow.
It is made from Western Red Cedar, and I think the starting block was 4×4x6 inches. The outer shape was spur-of-the-moment freehand. The inside is lined with adhesive felt. I had planned to make a little handle but I like the finger-hole cutout better.
Finishing gave me a lot of trouble. I started with multiple coats of danish oil but it never seemed to finish sucking it into the end grain. I put on a ridiculous number of coats and always had dry patches. Eventually on recommendation from some LJs I switched to Minwax wipe-on poly. Had trouble with that too – it seemed to clump on and get sticky and I actually scraped some of it off last night before sanding it off and starting over with another coat. It’s still a little tacky but it’s the best I could do in time for her flight and I hope it will settle down in time.
My MIL likes it a lot. She says it’s going to go on her dressing table in her bedroom. Hopefully the finishing of the other three will go more smoothly!