|Project by exterminate||posted 12-09-2013 10:01 PM||2537 views||13 times favorited||21 comments|
This is a jewelry box made for my God Daughters first birthday. I thought it was supposed to be for Christmas, hence the pictures. Oh well! I’ve seen the design on here a bunch of times, and my wife really liked it when I showed it to her. This one is curly maple from http://curlymaplewood.com/ and purple heart, finished in clear gloss lacquer followed up with 0000 steel wool and wax. My wife will be doing some kind of velvet or felt liner, so the hardboard bottoms won’t be seen.
The build didn’t go quite as smoothly as I had hoped.
First, the size was supposed to be around 13×7.5×5.5 ish. Somehow, I went a bit taller on the dimensions, and didn’t realize it until after all the pieces were cut. I had to put a small filler piece on the front, just above the drawers once I realized my mistake. Oops…
What really got me though,were the curves. There are a lot of curved cuts, both concave and convex, and while the band-saw cutting went okay (I don’t have too much experience on the bandsaw yet), the sanding gave me real issues. I think the drum sanding attachment for the drill press worked well for the concave cuts, but on the convex cuts, I ended up leaving little dimples here and there from spending too much time in one area. Lesson learned. End result turned out okay, but there are no uniform curves on this thing, despite my best efforts.
Finally, I figured I’d give briwax a shot for the final waxing. I found it hard to buff out, and that regular old carnnuba car wax leaves a smoother feel on the wood, and buffs out much easier. The only problem with that is it dries white, so if you get some in the joints, its going to be visible if you don’t get it out.
Thanks for looking! Comments, advice and criticism are all welcomed.
Have a great day
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