wenge and spalted maple box

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Forum topic by CompleteRookie posted 03-03-2010 10:00 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2010 10:00 PM

First, thank you to all the LJ’s that helped me in the process of constructing my jewelry boxes. It has been extremely helpful. I made a prototype out of some spare lumber I had in the garage. I showed it to my wife who quickly said, “no. Too big, too bulky”. So back outside I go and make 2 more prototypes. We have the right one now.

I have started to assemble the sides of the box. I am using wenge for the sides and the spalted maple for the top, and significantly less spalted maple on the bottom. I will have the top and bottom done in a week or so (depending on my garage time) and I have started to think about the finish.

I was initially thinking of a simple oil and wax finish. This can typically be applied to any project. However I don’t know if that would be the best. Should I look into doing a shellac first coat and finishing with a poly or lacquer?

I want to beauty of the wood to be the primary focus. I don’t think I want a high sheen on it but that might not be a bad idea.

Any thoughts and opinions are appreciated.

Thank you.

-- I can make firewood with the best of them!

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 10:23 PM

I think your initial instinct is fine. Either Watco Danish oil, or boiled linseed oil, followed by wax will look great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 02:09 AM

I do not have very much experience with finishes yet but so far I have not found anything that danish oil looks “bad” on so I would say it is a safe bet. I really like the look of Shellac followed with a small amount of wax but I have not yet tried it myself. I plan on giving it a shot on my next project. I ordered some blonde and orange shellac samples from The sample size should be more than enough to use on a jewelery box and if I understand correctly, shellac is pretty easy to sand off if you don’t like it.

You will have to let us see how which ever path you choose turns out!!

-- James -

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 01:06 PM

I would say it depends on how you want the finish to be as far as how glossy you want it. I normally just use Danish oil and wax. I have a couple of boxes posted that you can see..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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