Dyed Box is in the Mail!

DyedBox-InspirationYou may recall the beginnings of this project, a lady found my Etsy store and requested a custom box that was black and made of wood.  The size she requested was 5″ wide by 7″ tall and 11″ long.  Here’s the picture she sent to illustrate what she was after. Well, right off the bat I knew I couldn’t replicate the “bling” on top but she assured me that would be her department — thank goodness!

After several convo’s back and forth to make sure of what she wanted I told her I’d like to make a sample box before committing to her project.  Luckily she wasn’t in a rush for it so that was no problem.  The box is of splined, mitered construction and made of 1/2″ thick, plywood core, Oak plywood.  If you’d like a re-cap of the construction of this box you can search for each post listed in the Splined Miter Plywood category.  The dye I used for this project is water based so the box was sanded to 220 grit paper after pre-raising the grain with distilled water.  Since it’s been quite cold here lately I allowed two days for the dye to dry completely.  Next was multiple applications of Platinum shellac applied with an air brush.  Again, due to the weather I allowed extra time for this finish to cure before rubbing it out with Liberon Black Bison wax.  Here are some photos of the finished box, I really like how the grain of the wood still shows in spite of the darkness of the finish, you can’t get that look with a stain or paint.

Box Closed

Box Closed

Box Open

Box Open

Next up is a possible project making an overlay for a game table, something called Mexican Train which I must admit is a game I’m not familiar with at all.  Also continuing to work on the Tools of the Trade series of relief carvings.  Currently working on a hand drill (aka egg beater) and a brace.  Pictures to follow.


About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodworksbyJohn?ref=si_shop Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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