Cocobolo and Mahogany BS Box

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Project by msurvilo posted 08-30-2014 08:28 PM 1771 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first bandsaw box, and proved to be much more of a challenge than I anticipated…
I inherited the wood from a friends grandfather who just passed away so the box is his wood and in his memory. I believe the front is cocobolo and the middle appears to be mahogany. The only thing is the mahogany was very soft and didn’t weigh as much as other mahogany I’ve used…. What’s the explanation here guys?

I turned the pulls from the same wood as the middle.

Anyways it’s finished with one coat of shellac and a few coats of rub on poly. I’ve never been more disappointed with a finish…. It didn’t dry well, did apply well…. only on the cocobolo. I’m not sure If I just needed a newer can of poly or if the wood was telling me it didn’t like the finish.

I have to give credit where credit is deserved, and say that I got the pattern from this fellow and his youtube video, he provided a template on his website….

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 08-30-2014 08:56 PM

A nice first BS box as for as your finish goes, I’ve used the same process you described, Shellac normally dries very fast and since it’s a sanding sealer coat it most all the time needs a sanding so I use a 600 grit to go over it with also and it’s been tried proven by the wood whisper that he saw no ill effects but.. the saying goes that the Shellac as to be a non-waxed shellac so the top coat will apply and dry, I wonder if this could be your problem? I always use a non wax shellac, Lowes or HD don’t sell it, it has to be purchased from woodcraft or online. Some paint stores might carry it.

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#2 posted 08-30-2014 09:08 PM

Good looking bandsaw box. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 12:54 AM

From where I set, your first BS box looks very nice. I like the selection of the wood you used as well. I hope you were able to use a smaller blade than was used in the video. Blade selection makes making them much more fun I think.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 10:42 PM

I def. used non waxed shellac, bullseye to be exact, the good stuff. From wood craft. I use it on pretty much all my projects, and this is the first time something’s not come out right. I googled it and it turns out cocobolo is so oily that it sometimes doesn’t like to allow an oil finish to cure… the shellac should have fixed that for me but…. We’ll see :)

-- Matt, California.

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#5 posted 09-02-2014 09:17 PM

I like mahogany.You made a wonderful band saw box! Love the finish and design.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 03:25 AM

As it turns out… It was a bad can of rub on poly. Sort of the dregs of the can. Sanded the drawer fronts, applied some new stuff and we were back in business.

-- Matt, California.

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