|Project by LoydMoore||posted 10-19-2013 04:47 PM||971 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I am not sure how this project ever got finished. The customer was very anal in his requirements so there was not a lot of room for creativity on my part. From start to finish took over nine months. For my part, building the box was fairly straight forward without a lot of hitches. The main issue was finding a laser contractor who could get everything just the way he wanted with a font that is not common to most laser graphics software. We ended up using three engravers in three states.
One could do the intertwined rings but not the font while another could do the font but not the rings. The third contractor could do both but the end result was total unacceptable. We ended up cutting six blanks and shipping them back and forth before everything was up to snuff with the customer. I made my commission and the customer covered all direct expenses but I am guessing he got a couple free hours out of me chasing down contractors.
The box is Bubinga with Birds Eye Maple and Ebony accents. Hardware is Brusso stainless. The finish is six coats of lacquer polished with Menzerna yellow compound.
A local jeweler made the pins that hold the flute mounts together. The pins are polished stainless with silver heads. He just used a small torch and silver solder. They came out great and were well worth the $20.00.
Best part is the customer was pleased and did not mind parting with a huge chunk of money. We are already working on another box to celebrate his daughters upcoming wedding with one stipulation:
I BUILD THE BOX AND HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL LASER ENGRAVING.
-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX http:www.moorewoodenboxes.com