|First Coat of Finish|
I'm not sure how others who work with wood feel about this but there are times on a project where I question the direction a project is going in. Maybe I feel it's taking more time than I thought it would or should, maybe there's a set back or a failure, or what I envisioned in my mind is not what's happening. Then, after working through all of those negative thoughts, I apply the first coat of finish and my vision is just as I'd anticipated. Now all of the time spent has been justified and most of the problems are forgotten and lessons are learned. Kind of like Marine Corps boot camp, only the good memories remain.
The dark, reddish wood is called Macacauba and I just had a vision of brass being the perfect highlight for it. Time consuming process because each finger was predrilled before the box was assembled to make sure they're all in the exact location. Once the box was assembled the hole was enlarged ever so slightly so a brass screw could be inserted. Well, brass is soft and Macacauba is hard so in my trial piece the screw twisted apart before it went in beyond the threaded part. That added a step to the process:
|Brass Screw Sequence (4 down; 48 to go!)|
Now is time to start on the slanted dovetail series of boxes. This style of boxes is predominately done by hand with dovetail saw and chisels. The plan is to do one in Cherry & Leopardwood, one in Walnut & Zebrawood, and another in all Maple. Looking forward to spending some quiet, relaxing work on those.