|Project by msurvilo||posted 02-14-2014 07:56 AM||800 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
Made out of a piece of firewood destined for the fireplace. This was a christmas present for an aunt of mine. This is mainly a bedside jewelry box, but was so heavy it could have been used as a home defense weapon. This wood is VERY dense.
I don’t have a band saw so I had to square up my quartered log on my tablesaw and my planer. After I got it squared up I ripped it down the middle with the table saw, and then hogged it out with the drill press. Cleaned it up with a router. I had a lot of tear out with the lid, and had to keep bringing the lip further and further in with subsequent passes. Next time I would rout the ends, let the tear out on the end grain occur, and then come up the sides to clean it up. I also made the mistake of trying to carve out box’s corners to make them square, instead of plunged round. Instead I should have just rounded the lid’s lip.
Then I put a round a roundover on top and bottom.
In regards to finishing, on my test pieces the wood lost a tremendous amount of it’s vibrant red color with tung oil, poly and anything water based. I was able to really bring out a lot more color with a top coat of dewaxed sanding sealer.
-- Matt, California.