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Project by jeffswildwood posted 01-26-2019 11:46 PM 573 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I recently made for a friend. A couple years ago she ordered an Air Force box for her Daughter after she joined the Air Force. Her Son just joined the Marine Corp and graduated basic so she wanted one for him also to keep his challenge coins in. I have to say, that Eagle, Globe and anchor was a tough order to hand route into the lid. Once again, I used a dremel router and a strong pair of glasses! I tried several tests to do the emblem in gold. I tried paint and sharpie and both were unsuccessful. If anyone knows a trick, let me know for future projects. When delivered she was very happy with the results. The wood is poplar with a slight spalting. Stained with red oak and three coats of polyurethane. Lined with red felt. It does make me feel good when someone likes what I made enough to order another. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".





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#1 posted 01-26-2019 11:50 PM

This is amazing Jeff!!!

Rich

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#2 posted 01-27-2019 12:00 AM

Jeff what about that powder metal im not sure what its called but looks right like pure medal when done :<))

GREAT JOB :<))

THIS

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 01-27-2019 12:01 AM

Good job Jeff. You are really the artist with that Dremel. I have never attempted something that intricate. You da man.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#4 posted 01-27-2019 12:31 AM

Thanks for the comments guys! Tony, thanks for the tip. I had never heard of that metal powder. May be just the ticket!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 01-27-2019 01:10 AM

Very awesome work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-27-2019 02:31 AM

For what its worth to me its wood, you did that by hand. perfect gold coloring not needed

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#7 posted 01-27-2019 04:45 AM

First class box sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#8 posted 01-27-2019 07:20 AM

Pretty cool chest… I like that sign on top

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-27-2019 02:00 PM

Great job Jeff. Repeat orders means your doing a nice job. Other than painting in all the detail work and sanding off the excess , I have no idea why it didn’t work. That’s all I’ve ever done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 01-27-2019 02:04 PM

Nicely done Jeff. I experimented a few weeks ago with a brass inlay in a wormy bowl using brass powder I bought from Amazon and epoxy. The secret is to add enough powder so that the mixture is almost like a dough or putty. Work it into the grooves by hand or putty knife, making sure you don’t leave any voids. With a large intricate design like that, you will want to use at least 10 minute and preferably 30 minute epoxy to give you time to mix and get it worked into the grooves. You might need a slightly deeper groove than you have in your finished box. Leave it just a little proud (though you don’t want too much on the surface as it will take more work to sand it off) and sand it flush working through the grits, finishing with at least 600 grit. Once you get to the higher grits it will start to look like a polished brass. You can even burnish it with a smooth or rounded metal tool right before you apply a finish.

The other option is to use brass or copper wire but that requires a lot more work, especially for an intricate pattern like that. I seem to recall seeing someone on the Instructables website demonstrate how to do that not too long ago.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 01-27-2019 02:30 PM



Great job Jeff. Repeat orders means your doing a nice job. Other than painting in all the detail work and sanding off the excess , I have no idea why it didn t work. That s all I ve ever done.

- doubleDD


I did a test piece and for some reason, the paint and the sharpie didn’t like the poly. Even with light brush strokes, it smeared. I think the paint would have worked if I used a spray on clear coat first to seal it.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 01-27-2019 03:24 PM

It sounds like you did the poly first and then painting in the engraving. It should be the other way around. Try that next time and that should solve your problems. Again, nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 01-27-2019 04:18 PM

Beautiful work Jeff! As usual :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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