|Forum topic by Tyron243||posted 05-20-2012 11:24 PM||2126 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
05-20-2012 11:24 PM
Hello All ,
I am fairly new to the whole internet based woodworking community but I figured it could only benefit me in improving my skills and knowledge in carpentry.
I am 22 years old and live in South Africa. Wood work has been a passion of mine for about 10 years now. Unfortunately I do not have any family or friends that share my passion so I have taught myself everything i know just from books , internet and a lot of trial and error.
I have recently tried my hand at attempting to make a small box from Kiaat as a wedding present for a cousin. The dovetails turned out alright for a first attempt i suppose but I’m sure there is lots of room for improvement. I have almost finished the box just need to find some nice looking hinges and a clasp for the front but I am fairly uncertain as to what type of finish would be best. The box will be handled so i think it would be best to seal it with a fairly durable finish but I would also like to get the grain to really “pop” I’m still deciding whether I should go for a high gloss or semi gloss finish.
I have been looking in at lacquer finishes but am not sure how difficult the application is.
Any suggestions as to what I could do would be much appreciated along with some constructive criticism and tips for the box construction for my next attempt.
PS : there seems to be an issue with uploading some pics of the box but I will upload them as soon as I can.