Claro Walnut Box

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Blog series by HorizontalMike updated 01-21-2017 03:13 PM 4 parts 6343 reads 49 comments total

Part 1: Chipout on top corner

12-06-2016 12:53 PM by HorizontalMike | 12 comments »

While trying to size my box, I got a chip-out on the front corner of the lid when I tried to use my jointer to square up the top before mounting. The jointer ate most of the chip, and I only found a small part the was glue-up fixable. My guess is that Claro Walnut, having grain direction all over the place, seems to be VERY susceptible to tear-out/chip-out. Questions: How best to to fix this? Wood putty? How best to round over finger joints and top? 1. Router? 2...

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Part 2: Fixin' Fowl-ups/Chick-ups? Progress on ClaroWalnut-Box

12-07-2016 09:53 PM by HorizontalMike | 11 comments »

Wow, great suggestions from #1 Blog! Thanks! Finally made the angled cut in question, and did a number of fixes to glue-ups, AND “other” Before I go further, I think I should share my F-UP that coulda’ killed me… Yup… Got lucky… This happened BEFORE I did the finger joints for my Claro-box. Thought I may have killed myself, honestly, so much that I immediately went inside to see if my better-half saw a penetrating wound. It was such a shock tha...

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Part 3: Ready to Choose Finish

12-08-2016 07:51 PM by HorizontalMike | 16 comments »

Ready to choose finish Here are my options in stock: Wipe-on Varnish (MW Tung Oil Finish) Epoxy—West Systems w/#207 Clear Hardener Shellac (Clear) BLO FWIW, I hate “flash” photography. It really brings out flaws and false contrasts, IMO. To the eye, my corner lid fix does not have that much contrast. I wet with denatured alcohol to clean of dust and to be able to see what the box looks like with a finish. Things look better than these im...

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Part 4: Lessons from Finishing

01-21-2017 03:13 PM by HorizontalMike | 10 comments »

Well I finally decided to complete my “finishing” of this box, flock it, and to add hardware. I chose to final finish polishing with Johnson’s Paste Wax (JPW) which comes out with a satiny semi-gloss sheen. Here are my last steps on this project. I really learned a lot from finishing this box. Too glossy brings out every single flaw and amplifies it/them, making things look worse rather than better. Too much effort IMO. Semi-gloss seems to “ask” to be touche...

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