From log to box in less than a month #7: Wrap up!

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Blog entry by sras posted 05-15-2013 04:10 AM 1776 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last 5 days included a day and a half for a family commitment and one evening to just rest, but the end is in sight!

After 2 coats of sanding sealer, I buffed the surface with 800 grit and started to apply the top coat. I am using a water based polyurethane.

This was my first experience with this finish and I am really pleased with the results! I only needed to wait about 2 hours before I could sand and apply the next coat.

The block in the middle (between the 2 small lids) is a piece of ironwood I am using as a test piece for the finish. It has a head start of 2 coats.

I used it to test out the idea of a couple different waxes.

The test piece was a good idea. I actually preferred the finish without wax.

I ended up with 3 coats on the dividers and 6 coats on the box and lids. The next step was velvet floors for the bottom of the box and tray. I cut heavy cardboard to size and then – with help from my wife – we cut pieces of black velvet oversize.

I then used spray adhesive to stick the velvet to the cardboard. After we smoothed it out, I sprayed adhesive around the border and folded the edges over.

We did this for four pieces of cardboard (2 box bottoms and 2 tray bottoms).

The black really sets off the colors of the wood!

Then it was time to finally glue the plywood bottoms to the tray. This locks the velvet floors in.

Next up is to put felt on the bottoms of the box and tray. I masked off the finished surfaces.

Then I sprayed the adhesive on and applied the felt. My wife then trimmed the felt right up to the edge of the box.

Then it was time to re-attach the hinges. Of course, they shifted position slightly (plus the finish closed some clearances) and I had to go through another round of fitting to get everything dialed in.

That wraps things up!

All that is left is to take one of them to the auction (and post the project ).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 04:20 AM

Wow, very nice.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 05:36 AM

Looks like a relaxing day in the old board room.

Thx for the great blog.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 09:00 AM

Great attention to detail Steve, and it’s all looking very good so far.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 10:37 AM

nice work, Steve…

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 11:40 AM

What stefang said…. Very well done. Thnx for the fine detail

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 10:41 PM

I’m glad you all have enjoyed the blog – I’ll try to post an update on the project page once the auction is over.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 10:42 PM

the auction box got delivered today – they were very excited to see how it turned out. I’ll be sure to post an updated comment after the auction.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 11:13 PM

Thanks for the ride along while you made these gorgeous boxes, Steve!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 07:35 AM

Thanks very much for posting this Steve, very inspirational work.

Regards David

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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