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Project by endgrainy posted 12-21-2014 03:32 PM 2405 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project using veneer and a high gloss finish. The first new concept worked out well, the second (lacquer finish) was a challenge. I used the plans from the guild build. Great video series! Really made the construction straightforward.

The veneer is a walnut burl, the substrate is Spanish cedar with MDF for the top and bottom. The box is lined with Spanish cedar (unfinished.) The trim is bubinga. I forgot to include the divider in the picture. As an aside, it’s hard to take photos of a glossy object!

I first tried rattle can lacquer (Watco brand from big box store) and did 10 coats. After letting it cure, I tried to “finish the finish” but ended up sanding through. I asked for help on LJs and was given good advice I re coated using hvlp and the same lacquer in a can. Still sanded through even when doing it by hand.

This process repeated itself for a few weeks until I got adequate results. The finish is ok, but not very even if you look closely. Either way, it’s time for it to be complete!

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 03:43 PM

Great to see another veneered box. Now that you have the “feel” for it I expect we’ll see more veneered projects and mirror finishes from you. First one is the hardest. Can’t wait to see your next.

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

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 03:56 PM

Great looking humidor ,the veneer is beautiful. Not sure why your sanding through so much ,could be too much sanding of too heavy a grit ,If you’re just finishing the finish(smoothing) start with 400 grit and work up to 800-1200 grit.


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#3 posted 12-21-2014 04:04 PM

Thanks for the comments!

RogerBean – I agree, the veneer is really a great addition to my woodworking arsenal. Amazing that this kind of figure is available – could never find such a thing in regular hardwood.

a1Jim – I added a link above to the forum advice I received where I explained the problem I was having in more depth. I think the consensus was using a ROS was too aggressive :)

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#4 posted 12-21-2014 04:45 PM

Looks stellar! I enjoyed reading your topic on lacquer. It was very helpful, as I am about to use it for the first time in some coldish weather as well.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 12-21-2014 05:17 PM

Stunning veneers and a beautiful humidor I love it. Reminds me I need to work on finishing. There are a lot of talented people here.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 12-21-2014 05:55 PM

Very nice work! I think the finish looks good even if it took a few tries. Veneer is great for like you said getting some amazing figure without paying the insane prices.

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#7 posted 12-21-2014 11:47 PM

The world of veneer is opening to you now and the possibilities are endless. Not only can you find figure that you would have trouble finding in solid wood but now you can use many more exotic species with all their amazing colours, grains and figures as well.
You are off to a great start with this box. I look forward to seeing more from you.

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

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#8 posted 12-21-2014 11:47 PM

Oyster – thanks! And good luck with the lacquer. I liked a lot of the properties of lacquer, except the fumes. Dries quickly, flaws “melt” into previous layer, works well for polishing,

Tdv – I appreciate the kind words

Matt – agree. I’d like to try veneer again soon

Shipwright – thanks for the encouragement. Slowly but surely

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#9 posted 12-22-2014 12:29 PM

Nice seeing this, reminds me that I did want to build this project and I have a few veneers that would look nice.

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#10 posted 12-23-2014 04:35 AM

One of these is in my bucket list

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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