Curly Keepsake Box

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Curly Keepsake Box

I’ve been hanging on to a small supply of curly white oak for a few years now. Good thing about being a wood hoarder is when you rediscover the beauty of a piece of wood that’s been in the rack for a long time.
For the body of the box I chose a very figured piece of curly white oak. I wanted contrast from the four legs so I chose curly maple to compliment the white oak.
I prefer NGR dye stains over typical wiping stains. There are no binders in a NGR dye stain, so the color goes deep into the grain of the wood as opposed to wiping stains that sit on the surface. I used Solar Lux Brown Maple for the oak.
To give the curly maple legs an added pop I dyed them as well. I used Transtint Vintage Maple dye mixed in filtered water. I applied generously and sanded back once dry. I used 220 grit sandpaper with a gentle approach to sand back the dye. The dye penetrates deeply in the curl and is less affected by sanding back. Doing this step a couple times really creates the bands of color.
The box is hinged with brass pins. I buy 1/8” brass rod by the foot to make the pins. The box is top coated with satin lacquer. And the inside is lined in ruby red velvet.

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13 Comments

Now, that is a pretty looking box. Well done.

— Madts.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Thank you

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

Super looking box,very good use of your curly curly white oak.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Thank you Jim !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

Beautiful box, great workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Thank you!

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

I'm a big fan of WO and love the way you finished it and especially the way the grain wraps. The "curls" all seem to line up perfectly. Did you cut from a wide board and stagger the pieces for the alignment?
nice box.you should join the box swap thats starting up.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

What a beautiful box. The wood is just amazing! Well done!
Love that box!

I have to look up NGR stain.  I use Trans tint.

Really nice work


Petey

Thank you 

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

Thank you everyone. I got lucky by aligning the curl by shifting the lid in the right place early on in the build

Measure "at least" twice and cut once