Pochade Box

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Project by Jon1094 posted 01-08-2014 02:36 AM 2900 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tis is a Pochade box, or a plein air box, that I made for my wife. When one paints outside it can be carried with them and placed in a location as a moveable painting surface.

This box is made out of walnut and maple with pieces from baltic birch plywood. There are two drawers held in place by rare earth magnets. The palette inside is removable and has two slots for holding canvasses. The spacing in the slots keeps the wet canvasses from touching anything else. There is space underneath the canvass slots for extra materials such as paints, brushes, etc.

The lid of the box holds a mechanism that contains basic pieces from Lowes home supply. The lid holds canvasses in place for painting. I transferred a quote onto the lid and burned it in with a woodburning torch that I’ve had since I was five. It was my first time burning wood.

The palettes was finished with several coats of boiled lindseed oil and let to set. From what I read you have to treat palettes with oil so that they don’t suck the oil from the paints which are placed on them. We will see if it works. The box is finished with several coats of Danish oil and then three coats of wipe on polyurethane. Two coats of was over the top finished it off.

The following is a link to my blog on the building of the box and details about the mechanism:

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#1 posted 01-08-2014 03:31 AM

Nice work. Good idea having it on a tripod.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 05:15 AM

Wonderful job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 05:21 AM

Very nice. I wonder if your wife will be reluctant to get paint on it, lol.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 03:22 PM

A well done piece. Good job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 03:05 PM

Elegant box! Beautiful wood combo, great joints and finish. I’m sure wife loves it. Great job!

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