Burnt Mastermyr

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Project by oldwolf posted 07-20-2009 01:17 AM 3538 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

another adaptation on the Mastermyr Chest, This one I started working on while I lived in Wisconsin and since I just got the shop into workable order, it was the first thing I had to finish here, actually it was the only project or wood that made the journey with me to Northern Maine.

I have experimented before with burning in a finish, instead of staining a piece I take it outside and turn the propane torch on it, especially if I have carved in to the piece (I have one more I did this with I will have to post later) I give it a light torching and the carving really pops off the piece. After the fire, I sand it down with 220 grit to even out the effect and take off the places where the sap boils out. Then I cover it in a clear satin finish, I have used polyurethane in the past, this time I used a spray on varnish, I think I prefer the poly overall.

Thinking of trying a danish oil next time… we’ll see.

The lid was dug out completely by hand, I have used a router in the past, but recently got my hands on some good sized gouges, I would love an inshave but I don’t have one yet. I carved the handles with a backsaw and a chisel and tied in with sisal rope, This is the first time I have tried this as well, The bottom is held in place by 2 through tenons in wither side and a few finishing nails from teh front and back

well we will see what the end user thinks of this piece as I will be gifting this one away soon, maybe he’ll have some input that will help in the building of the next one

oh yes I almost forgot the runes are carved in the elder futhark with a verse from the Havamal from the Viking Sagas it reads

“wood must be hewed in the wind
row out to sea in good weather
talk with maidens in the dark
many are the eyes of the day
s ship must be used for a swift journey
and a shield for protection
a sword for cutting
and a maiden for kissing”

verse #82


-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 07-20-2009 01:25 PM

I have burned out the grain in a 3 panel screen I made. I like the effect.

The grain just pops out. Saw it once on a floor. Have liked it ever since.

Good job.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#2 posted 07-20-2009 01:47 PM

looks like something you would expect
to see in the remake of ,
” the 10 comandments ”
maybe for the ark of the covenant ,
or at least , as a picnic chest ,
to carry around
manna from heaven !
nice .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-20-2009 04:04 PM

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#4 posted 07-20-2009 08:29 PM

Historically well thought through! I like the burning technique to show off the runes and appreciate the extra effort in spelling out a big of a saga.

It looks like a project you enjoyed carrying through. Christina

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 03:39 AM

Very nice. I had never heard of burning a finish until I was stationed in Puerto Rico. I needed some shelves in my office and a local workman who worked for the base came to do it. He took a torch and burned the shelf and installed it on the wall – never even applied a finish but it sure looked nice!

Welcome to Maine. I live quite a bit south of you, near Farmington. Have never been up in your neck of the woods.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#6 posted 07-22-2009 04:11 PM

LOL I figure we could use a little manna from heaven round here. :)

Thank you all for your comments, I appreciate them.

Jim – I don’t believe there is any reason for you to come up to this neck of the woods, other than snowmobile trails there is nothing. I’m actually a little frustrated finding a source for lumber, I hate shopping at Lowes if I can help it. Maybe there’s something in Bangor but I haven’t had a chance to snoop around that town much either, considering it’s 3 hours south :)

Cheers and thanks again

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 09:40 AM

Cool chest! The glyphs look like from lord of the Rings! Totally great idea! I see where Tolkien definetly got some of his inspiration, (from the vinkings!).

There must be enough trees up there where you can saw your own lumber. Have you ever tried that? I bet you will get much better quality, especially compared to Lowes or someplace like that.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 04:24 AM

Thank You Nicholas, I would love to try my hand at milling my own lumber, but I don’t own any land, not to mention I have yet to purchase a joiner or planer, I haven’t even been able to get myself a good stanely #7 or * joiner plane,
I have built a few nice projects, but being self taught and considering myself a novice, I have yet to feel confident about bringing boards to light from rough stock,
I will get there eventually,
but being a member of a board like this, I figure I have a whole bunch of great resources to help me as I work along the way.

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#9 posted 09-07-2009 03:13 PM

Love The viking Chest. Where did you learn the lettering?

-- Robert-maine

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#10 posted 09-18-2009 05:05 PM

You can find lots of sources for old runes on the web, even in wikipedia
This particular set is one of the oldest known, so it is called the “elder futhark”
“futhark” derived from the first 6 letters in the runic alphabet, F U TH A R K

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