Working with reclaimed lumber, part 4
Well, it’s finally done. It took me less than a month to get it made and finished (Of course, I’m not counting from when I actually cleaned up the reclaimed studs and glued up the panels for the top and bottom. Then it would closer to eight or nine months!) That might seem like quite a while to make a box, but I also made a wall cabinet during the same time.
At any rate, I’m happy with how it turned out. I’m still not great at applying a finish, but I’m not terrible either. The finish is shellac. I applied numerous coats with a good quality Taklon artist’s brush (more on Taklon brushes), sanding between coats after I got a good base down. Then I padded on several coats and wet sanded between them. I rubbed out the shellac with auto polishing compound that I applied with an old cloth diaper (see a better way to do it here). Lastly, I went over everything with a very fine Scotch-Brite pad.
I’ll be boxing it up soon and mailing it to my mom.
Simplicity. I like boxes clean and elegant. I tried for that with this one. The sides are cherry, the top and bottom are softwood that I reclaimed from studs, and the lift is ebony.
No one wants an empty box. I made three trays for the interior. I especially like the slightly arced dividers on the two top trays.
Shallow trays are good for notions. My mom is a quilter. Quilters must have small little notions and whatnots, right?
Trays on display. All three trays can be taken out of the box.