Chocolately Lemon Box with its Icing

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Project by longgone posted 04-20-2012 10:50 PM 2309 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I posted a picture of this box without a finishing sealer on it because I could not decide what type of finish I should use that would maintain the brownish color of the wenge. I took several scraps of sanded wenge and applied a boled linseed oil finish, a water based poly finish, a shellac finish and my standard lacquer finish. They all sorta looked the same after 5 coats. I guess there is not a good way I have found for the wenge finish. I should have used walnut to maintain the chocolate look I wanted….but the wenge does have a nice and unique grain.

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 10:53 PM

Love the wood choice. Great job.

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 11:02 PM

It looks incredible with the finish on it Greg. You could always go for round to with the walnut.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 11:21 PM

This is a sweet lookin combo in a box

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 11:30 PM

These are just outstanding… so well designed and executed…

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 12:17 AM

Ah perfection is so hard to attain.
I wanted to say Bitch bitch but those of us striving for your standards only stand back and say…...... WOW
Nice job.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 12:35 AM

I too have experimented with a lot of different finishes and have come to a similar conclusion. I was suprised that the water based darkened it as much as the others. At any rate, it looks great as expected.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 04-21-2012 02:28 AM

That is a cool wood combo Greg.
And the finish came out really nicely.

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 03:05 AM

Maybe not what you were after, but nice nonetheless. You may have to change the name of it to something else. There, problem solved. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 04-21-2012 04:21 AM

I think the wedge makes for an outstanding contrast. I suppose walnut would be okay too. Anyway, that “Dark Chocolate Lemon Box” looks great to me.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 04-21-2012 07:20 AM

out standing finish,made me hungry

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 04-21-2012 03:37 PM

Yet another fantastic box Greg. Really like the wood colour combination

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#12 posted 04-22-2012 02:18 PM

Greg, Your designs & workmanship on these boxes is unsurpassed. To maintain the color you want you might try a couple coats of sanding sealer, sand & take to your local Auto Body Shop & have them clear coat it while they are spraying something else, (if they are good guys they propabbly will not charge you anything) I find that this gives you an absolutey beautiful, durable, high gloss finish & makes the wood colors really “pop”. If you decide to use this process you can purchase a touch up spray gun for about $150 or less & do it yourself. I have a sample of this process left over from my trial & error process I can send you if you want. Let me know. Keep up the good work & new designs. I always look forward to seeing them on LJ….....................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#13 posted 04-24-2012 12:40 AM

That looks like it would make a great How To tutorial, what you say ?

-- Rodman

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#14 posted 04-24-2012 03:01 AM

Really beautiful.
What is the yellow wood?

-- Jon, San Diego

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