Carving Knife Box

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Project by Joe posted 03-14-2018 01:48 AM 996 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did something different when I finished my box, I used real TUNG OIL from Woodcraft. It went on like Maple Syrup and the Oak and Mahogany soaked it in. Applying it was easy because it was slippery and thick, and it melted into every corner and pore of the wood. It takes a while to wipe Tung Oil off, I used rag after rag, and wiped and wiped and I still didn’t get it all off. So I put some paper towels down and couple of sticks and set the box and lid on them. The next morning it was still wet, and so were the sticks. I thought for sure it would be dry the next day, or the next, or the next, and so on for 10 days before I could put on some satin poly. It certainly gave the Oak a warm rich look and made the Mahogany glisten. I’ll use Tung Oil again, I love what it does to the look of wood, I’ll just put it on before I go on vacation.

Thanks for your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 03-14-2018 01:56 AM

Wow…this is a beautiful box! So many great details – like the curved dividers. Great project! Thanks for sharing details on the finishing process. The more I get into woodworking, the more I see the need to understand finish options.

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#2 posted 03-14-2018 04:21 AM

Joe, this is a great design. That inset panel of mahogany and the mahogany corner splines really set this box off and shows your great eye for capturing the beauty of wood. I like the sliding lid and the dipped out dividers that allow you to reach in and get the knives easily. Those dividers are made from lots of pieces and this shows great of patience on your part.

The first time I used Tung Oil I had the same problem. I learned to apply it as a thinner coat and wipe it almost immediately with a paper towel. Even so, I give Tung Oil two or three days to dry before I try to sand it. You may find that Tung Oil will work better if you thin it a bit with mineral spirits. Tung Oil really does deepen the color in wood and is great at filling the pores in wood.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-14-2018 01:57 PM

Thanks for taking your time to look at my project. I’m old and ugly and bald, my wife doesn’t let me out much because I tend to get in trouble. My dog Annie is my companion too, she loves me no matter how grumpy I get, and the priest on Sunday, well, has to let me in no matter what he saids.

Working on projects around the house and in the shop is pretty much what I do all day. Since I mustered up the courage to connect with Lumberjocks, (3 years I just looked without posting) I have been encouraged to show my humble projects and delight in seeing yours, and I certainly appreciate all of you.

Years ago the Stickley brothers used a fuming process in a tent, using ammonia. This give a dark rich look to quarter sawn Oak and a sparkle to it’s flecks. The process was dangerous but very rewarding for them. Using Tung Oil is as close to that look as I want to get. Next time, and there will be a next time, I’ll thin it down. Thanks again folks

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#4 posted 03-14-2018 08:52 PM

This is a beautiful knife box. It has nice quality and the wood is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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