Now that the shellac is fully cured I find myself wanting to post the pictures of this box so my client can see the progress that’s been made since the last blog. Pictures will never replace seeing the real thing and holding it in his hands so this will just be a teaser! There were five coats of shellac applied to the box on Saturday so tomorrow the finish will be cured sufficiently for rubbing out. I use Liberon Black Bison wax along with a white Scotch-pad. I find that the Scotch-pad is a better rubbing out medium than the 4/0, oil free steel wool I used in the past. Even the best quality of steel wool will tend to shred and leave traces any where it can, that’s never a concern with the synthetic pads.
As you can see in the photos, the grain of the wood is continuous going around the corners of the box. On close inspection you can even see it on the pins and tails. As I mentioned in a previous blog, when you’re creating a box from a single board there’s no room for errors — no chance for the proverbial “do over” or “mulligan”!
Other than rubbing out the shellac finish the inside of this presentation box will be lined with a 100% wool felt. There’s an Etsy store I use to get this called Felt on the Fly that I’ve used before for other projects. She has an amazing array of colors, my client chose Peacock Blue for this. The bottom, sides, and underside of the lid will be covered to protect the custom, silver arm cuff this box is designed for. Hope my client will send me a photograph of how it all came together that I can put in my portfolio.