Walnutty burly box

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Project by Josh posted 03-24-2014 01:16 AM 2494 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, I am getting a reputation for pie boxes I guess. I even considered whether I should post this because the design is identical to the other pie boxes I have posted. But what obviously stands out is the awesome grain. I just love me some walnut. It’s beautiful and machines quite nicely with minimal chipout, end grain or long grain. I finished it with two coats of shellac. I originally posted some negative experiential thoughts on shellac but I think I am getting the hang of it. I just put on the second coat yesterday and it was sold to church lady whom I have referenced in previous pie box/soap box mold posts. I was told not to use foam brushes by guy at Woodcraft because the alcohol would break down the foam and leave lil nasty bits of black blech in the finish. So, I used a brush, but the brush leaves streaks that I don’t mind so much but customers might not approve. How do I fix the streaks?

Me (Josh)

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 01:29 AM

That is an awesome piece of wood and box build…probably even better if it has an apple pie inside :}

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 01:34 AM

Use a cotton cloth/rag to apply shellac, love Walnut, nice box.
Andre of Alberta.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 01:37 AM

The grain is awesome.

Also, +1 for rad457

Nice job.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 01:55 AM

That grain is insane! I love it!

In my experience with both shellac and lacquer, I’d much prefer to spray it. I get pleasing results. I can manage to have a smooth surface with no runs and edge building up or streaks, like can happen with a brush. I know how to do these methods, but my way is faster, for me.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 02:13 AM

That is a great box with some awesome burly grain. It looks like an x-ray of a rib cage. Nice work.

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

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 03:02 AM

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I will def. try a cloth next time to apply the shellac. I love that I can get thick cut-off scraps of walnut from the sculpture base guy at work. When I see that burl I know I am going to do some resawing to get that awesome book matched effect.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 03:48 AM

Try thinning the shellac so it flow and levels easier. Apply with clean rag. I really like old t-shirts that have gotten soft from repeated washings. Cut the shellac by about 1/3 solvent.

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 10:27 AM

Glad you did post this box other wise we would have missed out on seeing that beautiful wood….Oh! and the box looks good too….:) Great job

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

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 11:13 AM

Beautiful wood and a great looking box. Nice job.

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 11:37 AM

Looks beautiful, wonderful wood grain, nice work

-- Pete in NC

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#11 posted 03-24-2014 01:32 PM

Nice job with the book match. Is there a reason that you are using shellac? Just keep trying something new every time until you get it right. Look up every thing you can on doing a french polish. I have been successful twice in doing it, and it is really labor intensive.

On a side note, my current favorite finish is high gloss wipe on poly. It is very easy to apply, and looks awesome on walnut.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#12 posted 03-24-2014 11:32 PM

Beautiful box- Fantastic walnut!!!!!!!

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 03-25-2014 12:51 AM

Josh, my experience is that shellac does not hold up to a lot of wear and tear. Everyone has his own idea about finishing. This posting will give you mine. Rather than retype it here, please click on this link. This finish holds up well to daily touching and use and is easy to apply. Nice job on your pie boxes. This walnut grain is really awesome. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 03-25-2014 05:12 AM

I do appreciate the comments and advice from all of you guys. The reason that I am using shellac on these pie boxes is because that is what the guy at Woodcraft recommended. I wanted something that would be food grade. I know I have finished boxes with poly and after months you can smell it when you open the lid. I wouldn’t want a perfect apple pie to be ruined by that smell. Also, I am not strong on my finishing knowledge. So, I am finding what I like and don’t like by process of elimination…...and advice from LJs. :)

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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