New Guinea Rosewood Boxes #1: The lid fabrication

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-05-2013 10:47 AM 1589 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was looking at TAGs twin boxes, (Pair of Thea/jewelry boxes) they impressed me with the simple design of the frame.

The lids I didn’t even attempt to replicate TAGs effort on my lids but you will see the resemblance when completed.

I started off with the medallions for the lids as I had a piece of walnut I wanted to use which would determine the final size.

I inadvertently sawed the walnut up then realised I had not jointed them, so I used some Liquid hide glue to re-join them temporarily so I could joint them.

After jointing next came the book matching it was as best as possible as I could get and I was on my way.

Here is a couple of close up shots.

I used Titebond III.

Once it was dry I then sanded the surfaces and hard burnished the complete piece.

I did this thinking it would be easier than trying to do it all later.

The next step was making the frames, for this I used some NGR Stock.

I did a round over on the top outer edge and rebated a section underneath to allow a lip to seat on the completed box.

I was originally going to rebate the medallions in but realised that the frame was now not thick enough to do this.

So I did some rethinking about adding framing to allow the rebates, but it all got a bit too hard for me so I opted for straight butt joint.

Here are the lids at their initial glue up stage.

The custom wood working weights are a specialised item available from exclusive Gardening outlets!

And again after sanding, also showing the rebate lip

I lost a lot of the hard burnishing effect but it should not be too hard to redo

This is the under side showing the lid rebate.

I only hope the glue does its job as there is not a lot of room for movement.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 01:03 PM

Looks very nice so far Robert.

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 08:51 PM

Could you explain what hard burnishing involves? Do you just press and rub with a hard smooth object? Never heard of that technique on wood before, except maybe for lathe finishing with handfuls of sawdust.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 11:05 PM

Thanks Guys I had fun making the lids it took almost two days with all the processes, still kicking myself for forgetting to joint the timber first.

Thanks to the availability of Liquid Hide Glue and to shipwright for the on going mentoring on HHG as well!.

There is possibly other ways of recovering from mistakes but this one was fresh in my mind.

in regard to your question you are pretty close, basically its a friction application of the finishing oil using a machine.
And as you asked, and also because I have to do the process again, I will take the time to do a blog on it and add all the required details and photos of the process you need to know before considering doing it.

Failing that get a scrap of hardwood some burnishing Oil an orbital sander or buffing wheel and give it a try out!

Standby …

Otherwise just Google it and troll through the info that should be there, then you can assess my work and see if I have followed the correct protocol!!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 12:24 AM

The walnut medallion is fantastic. Thanks for your great blogs.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 11:19 PM


Those weights look like blocks of wood… to me… Bricks, I guess?

Very nice wood!

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#6 posted 07-21-2014 01:24 AM

Thank you for reading, I enjoy passing on info hopefully it of use to other LJs

You got it in one they are in fact pavers, a quick reuse of some spares.

-- Regards Rob

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