Redwood and rosewood box #10

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-18-2020 08:40 PM 811 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My eighth post in a series of nine box art projects using reclaimed redwood. Each posting features a unique box in the main pictures and a narrative focused on a different step in the process. Sometimes including photos from parts of other projects in the series; click on “my next or previous project” to read the whole series.

Redwood and rosewood box #10
  • 10 1/4×6 1/4×4.5 inches
  • Box joints with a skip pattern
  • Four-way book matched burl top
  • Rosewood trim, splayed feet and hinges
  • Sliding, removable tray pair
  • Brass knob and clocked, sculpted hinge screws
  • Ribbon lock in light purple

Reclaimed Redwood, a gift from my sister, plus rosewood for trim and Redwood burl purchased from Rare Woods & Veneers – Carlton McLendon, Inc.

Pictures and comments during signing, finishing, lining and the ribbon lock:

For the signing I expirimented on some scrap first. My ink soaked into bare wood making for a blurry result. Then with laying down a plaque as two coats of Deft acrylic, then sign, then another coat of acrylic. The freehand brush stroke seemed better than the result from a tape frame. Even so, I ended up with a few small smears.

Some homemade stands for the trays, Watco Danish Oil x 3, 72 hour cure with good ventilation, then Renaissance x 3.

For lining the ceiling and floor of four in this series. I cut a card stock that fit through trial and error using a paper cutting board. When it fit with a smooth air cushion landing then I used spray adhesive to mount it on an over sized swatch of linen or leather, trimmed using straight edge and knife, lastly spray adhesive into the box. Here are pictures of the Tiffany Blue linen I used on the walnut trimmed projects:

Ribbon lock – a copper staple on the bottom serves as an anchor for tying a larks head in the middle of a ribbon and then a bow around the knob. It might not keep any determined one out, but if you tie your own special knot then you’ll know someone was into your box. A ribbon is provided with each box.

Signed and tied up with a bow:

Thanks for reading my post. The main pictures in full resolution are also posted at Comments or questions are welcome. I’ll post the next one in a day or so…

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#1 posted 01-19-2020 02:14 AM

Beautiful Box. Love the wooden hinges.

-- Roy

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#2 posted 01-19-2020 06:16 AM

Very nice box….love all of the details !!

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#3 posted 11-06-2020 03:17 AM

Another beautiful box. I love your designs and craftsmanship.

-- AJ

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