Something with an "R" #2: Materials & getting started

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Blog entry by sras posted 06-13-2015 05:19 PM 1688 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Concept creation Part 2 of Something with an "R" series Part 3: Inlaid Letters »

I wanted to have a specific color combination:


Yellow field, Black letters and Red trim.


I chose Yellowheart, Wenge and Bloodwood. I had never worked with any of these before. While shopping, I found some sycamore for the inside of the box.

Here is a shot of the bloodwood trim strips.

Here is a view of the sycamore ready to be glued to the mdf core.

You can see the plastic wrap under the pieces. That is folded over the top.

And clamped with a backing board.

Once the sycamore was glued to the mdf, I cleaned up the resaw marks.


One note – mdf was a poor choice. I had issues with the pieces warping a bit over the months where this project sat idle. I had to clamp the parts flat and then add finish to each side to maintain stability. Thin plywood would have been a better choice.


Yellowheart goes on the other side. My layout plans required me to lay out the grain at a 45 degree angle. I sawed the veneers and edge glued them. I then trimmed the veneer panels on my crosscut sled .

To make the most of my material, I used the trimmed corners to get full coverage.

I wanted the yellow heart panel to not slip when clamped up, so I used some spring clamps until the glue started to set.

Then gave it the full clamp-up treatment.

Next up will be working on the inlaid initials.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 06-13-2015 06:19 PM

The angle placement of the Yellowheart is going to add an interesting touch to the finished boxes.

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#2 posted 06-13-2015 07:43 PM

Yep – it’s there for a reason. Has to do with the final configuration.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 06-13-2015 07:45 PM

Now I’m even more curious.

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#5 posted 06-13-2015 10:09 PM

Color me curious too.


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#6 posted 06-14-2015 11:40 AM

Looking good, so far, Steve.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 06-20-2015 03:34 PM

I’m hearing a drum roll in my head.

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