Coast Guard Display Box

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Project by BTKS posted 09-30-2013 12:04 AM 1455 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks. I’ve been away for a while. We opened a small honeybee supply business and I’ve been busier than a one armed wall paper hanger. It’s good to be back and have something to post.
This project is the result of a request from a Coast Guardsman friend of mine. The Coast Guard has a promotion ceremony and the dress hat is placed on display.
This box is native local oak, some quartersawn. The lid is located on four brass pins and easily removed. I did not want the glass lid to bounce on hinges if it were left open. The corners were capped with brass details to give a bit of a sea chest appearance. Interior dimensions are 11.5 by 11.5 by 6 inches deep. The glass is sized to give a complete view of the interior from the top. The wood border is outside the interior planes. The front has some overlap but it was minimized as much as I thought I could get away with and maintain some balance in the dimensions between the top and front.
The finish is my first attempt at fuming oak. I used concentrated ammonia for about 9 or 10 hours. I am hooked on this technique! Even blotch free color with no brush marks or drips. The only drawback is the safety equipment and odor. I have acres of open space to stink in so it’s not really a problem. The top coat is tung oil with a shellac sealer. I’m not sure about the shellac. It was supposed to cover tung oil but I have a very fine orange peel effect on the front. I will probably be the only one to notice until I open my big mouth!
The bottom band is not attached. The main box sits in a rabbet. No problem with seasonal movement. The cloth liner is wrapped on utility board inserts. If color or damage necessitates a change it will be easy. The bottom panel is nailed into a rabbet with a second cover panel to hide the cloth edges.
The last couple of photos are to show the contrast of fumed vs. un-fumed. Did I mention, I’m hooked on fuming! Photography is NOT my strong suite. There are some reflections in the glass.
Thanks for looking.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 03:55 AM

Sweet. Keep up the good work!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 03:59 AM

Nice little box.

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 11:44 AM

Very nice display box…looks great…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 03:32 PM

Very nicely done.

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 12:04 AM

Thank you all:
It was a fun project and I hope the recipient likes it.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 03:31 PM

It looks good and very well crafted. The pretty grains really stand out with the finish. I’m sure your friend likes it. Great job!

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