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Project by newTim posted 05-03-2010 07:27 AM 2330 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by the many great LJs boxmakers, recent FWW Magazine articles, and FWW's latest video series by Matt Kenney, I decided to explore this aspect of woodworking. I’ve made some artist's pastel boxes and a couple others a few years ago, but this time around I want to try to learn more about this art. This was my first one in this series and I have several in production now. This one is made out of Wenge and Birdseye Maple. I bought some felt at a fabric store and followed the directions in FWW and the lining came out alright. A couple years ago I built a jewelry armoire and used some self adhering felt from Rockler, I think, and it was much better to work with. I’ve just ordered some from Woodcraft along with some barrell hinges. This box was a retirement gift for a co-worker. I applied a thin coat of Seal-A-Cell then used a pore filler on the Wenge followed by several coats of Naptha/GF Topcoat (see TWW’s A Simple Varnish Finish). I then applied a coat of Renaissance Wax and buffed it out to a nice shine and feel.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 07:39 AM

Nice looking box. The wenge and the maple make a good combination.

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 07:47 AM

Really fine box Tim! The choice of wood & splines on the corners is great! I like the handle relief for the lid too. This kind of quality takes precision, not to mention talent!

-- $tudie

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 02:46 PM

Good looking box. Very nicely done.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 01:12 AM

Great job on your box. The splines look good onit.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 01:16 AM

great job!

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

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 04:57 PM

That’s a great looking box. The felt definitely adds to the beauty of it.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 05:20 PM

Nice job.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#8 posted 04-20-2017 09:36 PM

Tim, you did a very nice job on this box. It’s a wonderful eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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