oak and ebony box

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Project by bigike posted 01-18-2010 05:25 AM 2899 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box here is unfinnished as u can see cuz i really don’t know what to put on there as a finnish. I started to have a problem with the hinges so i just caped them off with a couple pieces of zebrawood. I’m stuck on where to go with it i hope u guys can help a little?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 05:37 AM

Nice box so far Ike. I would apply pure tung oil and leave it at that. What was the problem with the hinges that made you start over? If you just don’t like little brass hinges, try some shop made wooden ones. Good work.


-- Jim

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 05:40 AM

I agree, a natural looking finish’ll would really make it pop. Looks really sharp.

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 05:52 AM

brass hinges are great but it’s just when they knock the lid out of alinement that’s what kills me. thanks for the finnish advice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 06:07 AM

Beautiful little box….......... I think a nice natural danish oil finish would look really nice.

As for the hinges, it appears that the box is fairly small so how about the 5mm mini barrel hinges from Rockler???

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 06:54 AM

I also vote for natural. Min Wax is good. How about a small piano hinge. You can mortise it in or have the barrel hang out the back. It works. Finding a small enough one is the tough part. I’ve also seen people use leather but I’m not sure that would be the look you are after.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 06:39 PM

looks good

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 07:44 PM

Hinges have been my biggest issue lately with boxes. Insetting them is tricky. They look good closed, but are off when opened. I tried waiting to sand the edges of the lid until the hinges were set. That helped some. Any other ideas out there? Beautiful box. I have been really happy with either Tung Oil or natural Watco Danish Oil. They let you feel the wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 09:33 PM

All I have to say is WOW!!!!!!!!!! I agree with everyone above Tung oil or lemon oil. Can’t wait to see the finished product. i have problems with finishes too. I always do the oil finishes but I would like to know how to apply a lacquer or some sort of spray finish.
Great Job!!!!

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 05:11 PM

I don’t know what to say about the hinge issue, but I’d love to see what it would look like with tung oil.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#11 posted 02-18-2010 04:52 AM

That’s a cool little box

-- Ray

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#12 posted 03-27-2010 09:27 PM

I’d go for sanding sealer with a wax top coat. This shouldn’t lighten the Ebony or colour up the Oak or Zebrano, keeping the contrast sharp.

I particularly like the combination of Ebony and Zebrano. Ebony is one of my favourites though.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 06:14 PM

Nice looking box, good choice of wood, very pleasing to the eye. Practice makes perfect, as far as hinges go, I have been doing them a while, maybe 40 projects, and I still get nervous every time, be careful and take your time, there must be as many techniques as woodworkers. I mark out the spots with a matte knife, then use a dremel with a straight bit to cut away the material, then use a small file to finish them off, put the hinge in place, then us a sharp punch to center the hole, doing only one at a time, then assemble to check for alignment, if it is off a bit, I punch the other hole so that it pulls the lid back to perfect alignment. Waiting to sand it even, as stated above, is also a regular practice of mine. Sorry for the long winded explanation, Your work looks real nice to me, and sometimes, who even needs the hinges

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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