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.
Measure "at least" twice and cut once