|Forum topic by torea||posted 01-09-2016 03:10 PM||445 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
01-09-2016 03:10 PM
Hey all! First post here after lurking for a bit! Sorry for the long post =P
I’m just starting into making a keepsake box for my girlfriend for Valentines Day. I’m relatively new to woodworking, though I’ve made larger projects before and am probably an advanced beginner.
The box I’m making will have a sliding dovetail lid with a little accent piece containing a dowel to lock the box closed. My idea is to have a magnet or piece of metal in the accent piece, and a key with a magnet, so that you can’t open the box without using the magnetic key to remove the accent lock.
Because I’d like to keep the mystery and secret of the accent lock, I want to make it seem as seamless as possible so the unsuspecting person wouldn’t know it’s there. I’ve never done a project like this without a top coat, but it seems like a top coat would make it difficult to maintain that seamless look. Should I just use wax or something?
To make matters worse, I’ve decided to do this piece out of maple and purpleheart (my girl saw the purpleheart board and fell in love with it). I fully understand that the purpleheart will brown over time, though I’m sure it’ll brown faster without a top coat.
Do you guys have any suggestions for me? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!