|Project by Dallas||posted 03-10-2014 06:54 PM||1467 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
This is just a shelf dust collector I made for my sister.
By that, I mean it sits on a shelf and collects dust.
The wood is Texas cedar, just a small chunk of trunk from a tree I cut down 4 years ago.
I hollowed it out with a series of forstner bits, drill press, mortising chisel, roloc discs and sand paper.
The hinge is made out of a scrap of walnut and a piece of 1/8” brazing rod.
The crystal is from a friend in Winny, TX who hunts Crystals and collects license plates.
The lining around the crystal is a piece of leather. I keep a bunch of leather scraps around for “Just in Case” use…. This worked out well.
The crystal is embedded in a hole filled with clear epoxy. The crystal is in there tightly but can still be removed.
I originally planned to install five different colored LED’s with a tiny little fader circuit in the bottom to shine up through the crystal when the box was opened, powered by a couple of AAA batteries. Since the shop is closing for good, I decided I would finish it out with the leather. I have been waiting on the proper switch for the last 5 weeks. Geez, I can get stuff from China faster than that.
The finish is sanding the wood to 220 grit and using a wire brush on the bark to remove most of the loose stuff. About 6 coats of WB poly to stabilize the bark and 3 coats on the cut wood.
I would have finished off the leather a bit better, but I’ve kind of run out of any interest in any projects anymore.
Thanks for looking.
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