Completed the fabrication of the three pencil boxes today. I really like making these. The kolrosing that I add to the lids puts my stamp on them and I have a lot of fun doing it. I do it with almost no measuring. Sort of just start making lines and see what develops. When the finish goes on the kolrosing will jump out. Almost magical when I apply the first coat of finish.
This one is from the last round of pencil boxes so you can see the difference the finish brings out in the kolrosing.
The basic design comes from Paul Sellers’ Masterclasses with a variant on the bottom panel. Since I’m trying to utilize the left over bits from the HB Tansu builds my bottom panels are from birch ply and flush to the sides. Paul’s design calls for a solid wood bottom with an overhang and a rounded edge detail like below. His design is more elegant but I can live with my compromise.
Tomorrow I’ll do a last round of cleanup on these. I need actual daylight in order to find the surface flaws. My shop currently only has fluorescent lighting and they are horrible for catching defects. I need raking light for that. I really need to invest in a single source lamp that can be adjusted and aimed for this type of finish work. Then I’ll apply a few coats of clear shellac. Sometime this week I’ll buff the shellac out with 0000 steel wool and apply a couple coats of paste wax.
Tomorrow will also see the conclusion of HB Tansu #2. I’m excited to have this one done and get it moved into the house. All that is left is one last round of buffing and install the “hardware”.