Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

Our newest “outside the box” woodworking creations

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This weekend Bob and I finished 6  boxes and started 6 more.   Hope you enjoy seeing them.  We sure are having fun.  All of them are band saw boxes.   As you can see there is a lot of flexibility in how they look.

These are called nesting boxes. The smaller box is made from the inside of the larger box. These are sample boxes we made with inexpensive poplar.   The one on the left is natural and the one on the right we tried to stain cherry.   This wood is infamous for being blotchy, even though I  sealed it.    The larger box is about 6 inches long and 3 inches high.  Bob and I both worked on these.

This little pod box is 4″ by 4 inches and is made out of mahogany.  I made this one.

This beautiful little maple box is 6″ by 3″.  I like this one quite a bit.   It is harder to make than I thought it would be.  This has Watco oil on it but then we buffed it on the Beal buffing system.  The maple acts very different than the mahogany.

This is a larger mahogany box and is about 8″ by 3 1/2 inches.   It has a maple handle.

This is another mahogany and maple box and it is about 7″ by 3 1/2 “.  This is our favorite.

I think we have the finish figured out now for mahogany.  Mahogany is an open pore wood and is not easy to work with.  We like this finish better than the one we used on the earlier boxes plus it is easier to do.  These are all done with Watco Danish oil and a light coat of spray lacquer on the top which really makes the color pop but not shiny.   The wood has a beautiful golden red tone which doesn’t really show up in the photograph. Who knew there were so many different ways to finish wood?

We think we have come a long way with this style of box in only a few months.  We continue to learn little tricks on making them from other woodworkers. The next 6 are four little ones, like the pod, that I am working on and Bob is doing two larger two drawer ones.  We also have ideas for a couple other “unconventional” natural boxes.

We figure each box from laminating the wood, cutting it out, sanding, gluing them back together, applying the finish and flocking the inside of the box takes 8-10 hours per box.   The larger two drawer ones definitely take more time.  The sanding is really time consuming but the joy we feel when the creation is done makes it all worth while.


Author: Fay

Follow the adventures of Fay and Bob, 65 plus, as they explore the country to look for a new home, sell their MN home, finally move and get settled into a new state and town.

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