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Well, I had an idea, so I finally broke down and got myself a new tool… a propane torch.

I did a little research and found out that cedar can produce a nice effect when seared a little bit.

I bought an 8-foot board of cedar and cut from it an 8.5" x 5.5" frame for the box. I decided to have the rough side out and the smooth side in, figuring that the rough side might take to the torch better.

Once the glued frame was dry, I took to the outside with the torch, just passing the flame back and forth. I like the effect that it gave.

The bottom is a fitted piece of Ambrosia Maple as is the top. I had a piece of twisted tree left, so that became the handle.

I put little square dowels in the corners again for the lid to rest against.

I know charred wood can be its own finish, but my fingers were smudged every time I picked this thing up, so I decided to finish it with a spray-on, satin poly.

It was fun to work with a new kind of wood… the cedar.

We'll see what people think.

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well i dont know what other people think but i like it van.the torched cedar works well with maple top.and whats becoming your signature touch,the rustic handle. you really developed a style ill call,vantastic wood creations ! lol ! if you use it i want some cut ok ;-))
 

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Thanks, Pottz… means a lot!

well i dont know what other people think but i like it van.the torched cedar works well with maple top.and whats becoming your signature touch,the rustic handle. you really developed a style ill call,vantastic wood creations ! lol ! if you use it i want some cut ok ;-))

- pottz
 

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Looks great.
I know you like to experiment so take these if you want. If you torch it more thoroughly, brush away the char with a brush (stiff bristles like a car snow brush) then torch it again, then brush..and maybe do one more time, you will get an even color and an amazing texture that looks great and feels good. If you brush it with a dyco brush chucked in your drill you get an even better finish. Then treat it with a couple coats of pure tung oil or boiled linseed oil, you should end up with a finish that does not come off on your hands.
 

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Very cool project. I like the box. I like the woods used. I like the torch finish too. I found out about using a torch a year or so ago. I really like it in some cases anymore. Awesome job!
 

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Great suggestions… thank you!

Looks great.
I know you like to experiment so take these if you want. If you torch it more thoroughly, brush away the char with a brush (stiff bristles like a car snow brush) then torch it again, then brush..and maybe do one more time, you will get an even color and an amazing texture that looks great and feels good. If you brush it with a dyco brush chucked in your drill you get an even better finish. Then treat it with a couple coats of pure tung oil or boiled linseed oil, you should end up with a finish that does not come off on your hands.

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Thanks so much!

Very cool project. I like the box. I like the woods used. I like the torch finish too. I found out about using a torch a year or so ago. I really like it in some cases anymore. Awesome job!

- JCamp
 

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That looks great Van, and the handle is giving it the old rustic look. Well done.
 

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Thank you, Eric!

That looks great Van, and the handle is giving it the old rustic look. Well done.

- Eric
 

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Very nice! I really like that handle!
 

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Great box and I'm digging the experimental direction.
Nice combo of woods, tones and textures.
Swirt's suggestions make good sense.
Keep it up.
 

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Thanks! Gonna try one with the smooth side of the cedar facing out!

Great box and I m digging the experimental direction.
Nice combo of woods, tones and textures.
Swirt s suggestions make good sense.
Keep it up.

- MrWolfe
 

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