Anniversary box

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Project by CatholicWoodworker posted 07-13-2013 12:44 PM 1193 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an anniversary gift for my wife. It’s curly maple and walnut. It turned out pretty well for my first attempt at something like this. I’m not too pleased with the finish (shellac then wax), but that can always be removed and redone.

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 12:59 PM

Nice box- beautiful maple

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#2 posted 07-13-2013 01:29 PM

Beautiful box made out of beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-13-2013 01:37 PM

Attractive project with outstanding wood.

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#4 posted 07-13-2013 04:00 PM

nice box, like the mitered keys. As for the finish, you might try adding more layers of shellac and using a 1/2 lb cut for the final coat (im assuming you used shellac in a can) just add some denatured alcohol and your set.

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#5 posted 07-13-2013 10:37 PM

Beautiful anniversary box…well done.

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 12:36 AM

Nice box of beautiful wood. The shellac really popped the grain on that maple. What don’t you like about the finish? It looks good from here!

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 01:25 AM

Love the look of that curly maple and the shape of the box. Did you design it? What are the dimensions?

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#8 posted 07-14-2013 05:35 AM

Very nice work. Curly Maple is a favorite of mine.

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#9 posted 07-14-2013 09:02 AM

You can apply anything over shellac. Why not several coats of polyurethane? Gloss or sei-gloss, depending on your preference. I’m with sonnyr, did you design this? I like it alot.

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#10 posted 07-16-2013 03:21 PM

What a great anniversary gift! That box looks really pretty, great design and the woods are gorgeous. Great job!

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