Inverted World #5: Trim and Cleanup

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-11-2011 08:15 PM 2600 reads 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well its going to be a box. It will be a shell box of the EZ Mitre type. This enables me to go into the construction of shell boxes, which I haven’t before.

I first trimmed up the board ready for work as an EZ Mitre box. Then thickness sanded it down on my drum sander to 6mm. First using 150 grit for the major reduction, then 240 grit for a finer finish. Fine enough for the inside of the box anyway. I hand sanded the outside, side to 400 grit. Lots of dust from both Blackwood and Padauk getting into the Sycamore grain here. This is relatively easily solved by first vacuuming the loose dust from the surface and then floating out the rest with White Spirit until no more red colouring from the Padauk presents (about four or five washes) to give this

Its still ‘wet’ in this picture giving an idea of what the finished article will look like.

I usually like to give the board a couple of coats of sanding sealer on each side pre-the mitring. Problem here however is that the solvent in my preferred sanding sealer, Liberon, floats out some of the colouring in the African Blackwood. Dumping it on the sycamore and Padauk leaving a right old mess. To this end I’m using two brush coats of water based Polyurethane this time. It doesn’t cause any problems with the wood combination. The only minor niggle is the grain is raised by the first coat due to the water which is the solvent in the Poly. This is easily rubbed back with 400 grit. Then a second coat applied. So coated with water based poly, outside side

and inside, side of the board.

The first of these two pictures is the outside as I feel it gives the better grain pattern, on what will be all sides of the box, to the Padauk. My decision and its final.

This is drying right now. I’m giving it overnight to harden. The next part of the blog will go into EZ mitre with a router bit and also the box bottom/pedestal construction.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 08:26 PM

Strikingly beautiful. I am enjoying the tutorial series as well. Thanks.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 08:45 PM

Beautiful, marvelous figure Martyn

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 07-11-2011 08:52 PM

You are truly a master at this. Thanks for posting the blog.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 07-11-2011 08:55 PM

Another beauty about to be created. Looks wonderful even as a board.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-11-2011 09:13 PM

Awesome contrast. Moar!!!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#6 posted 07-11-2011 10:08 PM

I would quit right there and use it as a wall hanging – I fear I would destroy it if I touched it any more! :-)

Good luck!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 10:49 PM

Well at least there’s a picture of it before it gets messed up, Bob. I can’t wait to see if the grain matching works on the box corners though.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 01:47 AM

How pretty this is looking, Martyn. Is White Spirit the same as mineral spirit? I also find that when I am using two contrasting woods that need to be sanded, there is a problem with bleeding of the color (or dust) onto the next. I would like to try this to stop the problem next time.

The colors are vibrant and a beautiful choice. I especially love the grain pattern int he Padauk. We always say how much better our designs look in ‘real life’ rather than on the computer screen or the sheet of paper. This is a fine example of that. You have got to be really pleased with this one!

I can’t wait until the next segment.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 02:24 AM

I would second KnotCurse on that: I will hang it on the wall; It’s too pretty to touch.

This said you came thus far, I am sure the finished product will come out fine.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 07-12-2011 03:10 AM

Box will be alright however make this as the top only… even big… it will be seen as one piece. The miter will bend (90 deg) all those delicate and exciting point of the stars. If you could it is much better seen if the pointed portion will be in the corner. Bottomline.. you are the boss and creator.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-12-2011 04:25 PM

Sheila, yes White Spirit is basically Mineral Spirit. If the problem is caused by dust then the method I’ve used should clear it. Please beware of the solvent in any finish you are using as well. I tried Methylated Spirits (denatured Alchohol) on the pattern as well and it caused a colour bleed of the pigment in the Blackwood (no dust present) as did my usual Sanding Sealer, which must have a similar solvent in it. As I’ve said in the blog if this is a problem a water based finish will circumvent it.

Thank you all for your input.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 07-12-2011 05:57 PM

This is the final part of the blog. I have come to a decision. It will look far better as a wall hanging.

I will not be short changing anyone though. I intend to make another box in its place to blog shell box making with, in the near future. Probably something similar to ‘A’ String, or maybe something like this. A variation on the theme anyway.

Thank you for your time, attention and feedback. I’ve enjoyed it, I hope you have.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 07-12-2011 06:06 PM

Martyn, here’s a glimpse of what you might have. I was curious about the inside. Obviously, thickness will affect your actual result. Sorry, but I didn’t take the time to do the correct grain matching. Edit: Actually, the grain will be just like ‘A’ String, but you probably already knew that. :)

Edit: Ok, here’s with the right grain direction, just not mirror matched:

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 07-12-2011 06:13 PM

Thank you, Rance. Close enough for Rock ‘n’ Roll as they say. The pattern looks like a minimalist table. Now I know I made the right decision.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 07-13-2011 03:47 AM

very nice work, the blog explained everything perfect.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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