Jewelry box #10: jewelry box #10

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Blog entry by Kiwib0y posted 01-01-2016 08:40 AM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it has been awhile since I posted any progress on the box due to work commitments. I last blogged that I was going to french polish the box with the help and instruction from my elderly mentor. With 3 coats of shellac I contacted my friend with bad news that he was having major health issues. Recounting our conversations I started grain filling the pores of the box with shellac and talc.Warren (my mentor) likes to use talc and has done for 40 odd years as trying to get pumice (4F) in New Zealand is like trying to get rocking horse poo. I got a lot of filling done then shifted into a hotel room that is 700km from home for which I will be living in for the next 12 months for work. Odd nights after work I completed the filling to the box with no questions from the hotel staff what the smell was from.
Still with my friend out of action and 700 km away I bit the bullet watched Patrick Edwards video on you tube serval times and had ago at french polishing. The sample piece I tried out on worked okay so I jumped in boots and all. The results were as I am concerned for my first effort not to bad, other people will think otherwise. So for my 13 day Christmas break I got the box finished and did 2 other boxes (see project entries)and will be going back for a rest.

Once I am back home in Auckland I will catch up with Warren on major pointers on my first effort of french polishing.
I have learnt so much building this box from machining curves with a skill saw, scroll sawing veneer packets, hammer veneering curved surfaces, grain filling, the very basic french polishing effort and so much more to list it has been so great. It is aways good to learn.
That’s all Folks !!!!
Thanks to those who has place comments and those LJ’s who have inspired me since joining this woodworking community.
Remember “Age is no guarantee for Maturity”

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 10:26 AM

Very impressive. You must be pleased with your first effort at French Polishing.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 12:10 PM

My hats off to you, very well done, very impressive

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#3 posted 01-01-2016 09:12 PM

Thanks guys, lot of hard work but very satisfying. I will keep preserving with the french polishing.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 12:37 AM

Very nice Don. You are off to a great start.
The polish looks just fine to me.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 03:06 AM

Thanks Paul, Hopefully my next project will be flat and I will be able to master the art some more.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 03:08 PM

That is one out standing project.
Well Done!!!

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