my first french polished jewellery box

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Project by jmp posted 03-17-2011 05:29 PM 1904 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Actually this project was several firsts. It was my first ever go at cabinet making ( I am not sure my gate counts as furniture) so my first ever box, my first go at hand sawn dovetails, my first go at inlaying and my first go at finishing with shellac. As might be imagined I learnt an awful lot. The box comes from a project outlined in “The Woodworker magazine”, April 2010. I had just been accepted for furniture making evening classes so I thought I would have a go at a project to see what I might be letting myself in for. As can be seen there are some huge gaps in my joints and the inlaying has much to be desired. I like the selection of wood though ( american walnut and figured sycamore) and everything came out square. My daughter insisted on a gloss finish so I had a go at french polishing using pale shellac and reading as many articles on the web I could find (I could have saved some time as I am not sure I had come across Lumberjocks by this stage). It was quite a messy job and I stopped whilst I thought i was ahead. I enjoyed the experience but I think I would now probably use a gloss wiping varnish instead which I have found very much easier to apply.
At the end of the day I am still continuing with the evening classess which are execellent, I have finsihed a few other projects and my daughter is pleasded with her jewellery box which she agrees idefinitely does not look shop made.

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 06:20 PM

Nice work, and congrats on growing as a woodworker. Hope you enjoy your class as well project looks good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-18-2011 02:12 AM

stay with it—you won’t find anything that makes one more proud than a finished project—every project keep getting better and better—-one thing that really makes for a good project is don’t rush the build—-keep up the good work

-- dean2336,nebr.

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