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Some firsts for me here. I was inspired by Tom Adamski's work, great stuff.

First time veneering and marquetry
The lids are 1/2" MDF, the undersides are beech, topsides are beech for the one with the Fleur-de-lis marquetry and the other is lacewood.

First time making and using banding
The inlay banding is shopmade from sapele scraps and pine veneer, though in a couple areas, the light color of the pine darkened which kinda screwed up the look. Oh well. These were just prototypes for some humidors I will be making as soon as I score some spanish cedar and suitable veneer.

The boxes themselves are 1/2" thick, made from some resawn 'who knows what' slabs from a flooring company dumpster. It was very coarse, brittle, and oily, though not that heavy. If anyone knows, I'd be interested. A test with some tung oil left it sticky for days. It just would not dry on top of that oily wood.

First time ruining a finish with shellac
I bought some Hock flakes which I have had good luck with in the past and while in my garage, it hardened into blocks. I broke them up and now they will not dissolve properly. I think it cost me $40 on two bags of shellac to learn the lesson of keeping flakes indoors and not out in the South Florida heat. :( Bummer.

After exhausting my supply of Seal-Coat, I attempted to use the partially dissolved shellac (3 days in the alcohol) and it gummed up my most excellent pore filling job. I had to sand and sand, nearly cutting through the veneer. I was quite angry at myself for even attempting to use that junk. Final finish was 4-5 coats of blonde shellac and wax rubbed in with 0000 steel wool.

First time pre-finishing the interior of the boxes
I will do this on all of my boxes from now on. What a piece of cake, I can't believe how much easier it was to finish all the parts while they were flat. Duh.

All in all, I think the lessons I learned will really help elevate my boxwork in the future. Now please excuse me while I go look at Tom's project gallery for inspiration on my next project….

JC

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A lot of firsts, but they are both first class! Great work.
 

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JC those are really nice looking! I like the lacewood and the banding.

Thanks for posting.
 

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wow…great results for a lot of firsts…
 

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Gorgeous and nice tight joinery.
 

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Very nice and an interesting narrative too, well done.
 

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Wow! The banding and marquetry are great!
 

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Lookin' good!
 

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Beautiful finish on that box on the right. Really brings on out the striations. Nice job on the inlay on the box on the left.
 

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That is absolutely beautiful! Best fleur-de-lis marquetry I've seen, too.
 

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That's really nice work JC. The inlay and marquetry are fab. It looks like you used some Holley stringing too.

Keepit up.
 

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Nice job!!!!!!
 

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That is a very nice box set. You make some cool projects.
 
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