Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #22: French polishing

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 10-02-2015 03:47 PM 2071 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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All right!

Last stretch this week. We will have pro picture next week and I will post them for you guys as well of a video of the mechanism in action.

But for now! Lets talk about french polish

While finishing the fine sanding

I have been pushing forward the pore filling and the polishing of the tray so it could be sent to LA for the leather.

Then I started with the pore-filling of the all box. The top first with the pore filling of the outside and inside every other day. When it was pore-filled I started the polish of the inside first

In the meantime I carry on with the box body pore filling up to the point it is nicely satin

Then I installed the hardware for the top

And installed the top with the hinges in order to be able to finish the top without having anything touching the fresh inside polish

The back is raised on a wood spacer

And the front touches another spacer only on the brass latch

When the leather came back I was almost done with polishing

And then, you know the story, put everything together and reflect on the past 2 years getting that project done.

Pro pictures should be in next week to share!

And of course delivery for our patient, but I believe very happy, clients and collectors.

Cheers and I will post the pictures next week

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 10-02-2015 04:21 PM

Magnificent. Certainly four of the finest boxes ever made. Absolutely wonderful design and craftsmanship.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 10-02-2015 05:52 PM

You do nice work buddy. :-)
I certainly don’t envy you all those hours of pore filling but it certainly has paid off. The polish is gorgeous and you seem to have kept the whites nice and white. Not so easy with all that ebony around.
Very cool trick to position the top for polishing without the bottom (of the top) touching anything. I’m just always learning something from you.

I can’t wait to see the project post.

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

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 04:30 AM

Certainly a lot of work, but they have turned out beautiful.
Always a pleasure to look at your work.

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 07:03 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#5 posted 10-04-2015 03:16 AM

Your work is amazing. You must be one of just a handful of people on this earth that can produce such a masterpiece.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 10-04-2015 12:25 PM

I’m at a lack for words as always, appart from the overused “WOW”. I hope you guys still have some of those draer springs when I’ll be able to invest again into some hardware!

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

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#7 posted 10-06-2015 12:48 AM

Observing this superb and masterful work relaxes as well as read a nice book!


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#8 posted 10-08-2015 07:24 PM

Wow, cool, thank you!

-- Patrice lejeune

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