I been piecing on the boxes and trays after work this week. An hour, at the most, every evening before having to call it quits. Nothing ground breaking, just finish planing and a little sanding. I also added some decoration to the lids of each box. Today I managed to apply two coats of clear shellac. They’ll need another couple of coats before I buff them with steel wool, apply a paste wax and move them to the done pile.
The decoration I approached with no plan whatsoever. There is something sort of liberating about going this route. Each design just sort of takes its own form as I cut each line. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the technique, here are the cliff notes. What I have done with these is a simple form of kolrosing. A Scandinavian form of decoration. You just incise a line, or lines, into the surface of the wood and then rub in something to fill the incision. Historically this was done with coal dust, hence the name. Since I don’t have any coal laying around, I use instant coffee. Just sprinkle the coffee on the wood and rub it in with your finger. Wipe off the excess and lightly sand to remove the raised areas of the incision. Simple. The design that shows as red in my photos was done with paprika. It gives a more subtle appearance than the coffee and I like it on the pine. There are several “fancy” knives that can be had for this technique. I’m a simple SOB and just use a utility knife. I did try an experiment by mounting an exacto knife in my large compass to incise a circle on the chisel box lid. As you can see, THAT DOESN’T WORK! No matter how careful you are, the knife acts like a rudder and steers its own path. You don’t know unless you try. I can do much better free hand. I also use the kolrosing technique to add my mark and the year to each piece.
So tomorrow evening two more coats of shellac and Saturday they will be buffed and waxed.