|Project by Jorgearaujo||posted 10-10-2013 10:11 PM||2575 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
This is my second keepsake box I have made. I made this one as a birthday present for my boss…. She loved it. I feel like I am getting better and better at woodworking, but still made a ton of mistakes… LOL! This box has solid Purpleheart sides, plywood top and bottom with Purpleheart veneer (that was something new that I had fun doing) and the edges are Maple. The finish is Formby’s Teak Oil Finish, Probably about 4-5 coats.
Things I learned during this build…
1) Veneering is easier than I thought but I have to get better and have less waste.
2) Purpleheart is heavy and dense, but great wood to use if treated with the respect it deserves.
3) Pre-Drill all screw holes to the final depth of screws in Purpleheart. I broke off 2 screw heads and had to cover them up with the hardware. (Don’t tell anyone)
4) Using paste wax on the screws before driving them into the wood really helps.
5) Purpleheart is not my favorite smelling wood when cut…. That is still Alder at this point. Can’t wait to try more species.
Hope you all like it and I would really love all your thoughts, notes, suggestions and even critisisms.