|Project by Finn03||posted 03-30-2014 02:26 AM||1133 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
I’ve been a long time lurker and learner on LJ and figured it was time to start contributing.
I’m an engineer by training and profession, and general tinkerer by nature. My background to wood working comes from many fronts from construction grade builds (cabinets, decks, barns, etc.), antique wooden boats restoration, and antique furniture repair/restoration. Generally, on each project I like to experiment with something new. My latest project was for a friends wedding gift (this weekend), and was sort of an experimentation of several firsts.
I wanted to experiment with box joints, so I built and setup a new router table jig, and ended up making 4 box cases from walnut and cherry. This is the first to make it to completion, with 3 more to follow, each of a different style. I wanted to monogram the box, but didn’t have the time for an inlay, so I found a guy nearby to laser etch the monogram (also a first). I like the way it came out, and matches with the ebony. Few other minor tips and tricks on the finishing side, and I think it came out well.
This was built from peruvian walnut, and macassar ebony. After many finishing attempts (and learning the ropes of oily ebony) it was finished with a shellac base, and Arm-r-seal top coats. As always, you’ll likely see some flaws, but I certainly won’t be the one to point them out to you.
Apologies for photo quality, didn’t have a decent lighting setup to capture the colors well, and these were taken between a cell camera and an old point and shoot. The first was my sketchup plan for the box, and others follow build sequence.
Enjoy – comments, feedback, and suggestions are always welcome. I’m certainly no expert, and always a learner.
-- Shane - Dublin, OH