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Five shaker oval boxes size 0-4 made made as part of my first run of boxes and finding out the best methods in my shop. The sides/bodies of the boxes are maple with the tops and bottoms made of lacewood

Aa number of issues that sometimes required CA glue to stabilize splits and to help hold the fingers on the smaller boxes because they were pulling the copper tacks out. Only one on this batch that had the body and band fingers running in opposite directions. I tried filling some of the large gaps with some wood putty to see how that might work and found that was more of a pain than worth it. I was experimenting with angling my disk sander down for the tops and then angling the table above 90 for bottoms.

Sanded all of them to 120 grit inside and out the best I could then 2 coats of danish oil on the outside and a coating of a food safe product that is a mix of beeswax and orange oil.

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Another well done set. How thick are the side bands?
 

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I have long been fascinated about making those but never tried it. Yours look great.

I don't know what the "standard" thickness of the wood is supposed to be but it appears to me that your wood is thicker than others I have seen. If so that could be why you are struggling with bending the wood.

You mentioned in your other posting using Danish oil on the finish. You might check out processed walnut oil. It is food safe, non allergenic (due to the heat treatment), and cures to a dry finish in 24 hours or less. It also has a pleasant odor. Mahoney's and Dr's are both good products. They also make a micro wax and walnut oil finish you could use for a top coat over the first or second coat of oil.
 

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Nice work on these.
 
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