The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Farewell Salute Shadow Box

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Farewell Salute Shadow BoxThis is what I feel is my finest effort in shadow box construction. A former troop contacted me with an idea to incorporate silhouette to make his retirement shadow box unique from all others. This is the giant version of my chevron shadow box. It is made from African mahogany with midnight blue epoxy chevrons. After the epoxy cured, I sanded everything smooth. Then I routed a recess for the saluting silhouette to allow it to be slightly proud of the face of the door. Then final sanding to 400 grit before finishing with 4 coats Minwax Tung Oil Finish. The door was then wet sanded to 1000 grit and the epoxy polished to a glass like consistency. The silhouette is flat black with dead flat clear to contrast the high gloss of the shadow box. Finally I used black hardware to match the silhouette. This box is 42 x 31 x 3.375 and weighs 32 lbs. Thanks for looking.



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This Time... Sweetgum Bowl

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This Time... Sweetgum BowlSweet Gum 5 1/2” x 2 1/4” Friction Finish
The last picture is before the finish is applied. Sanded down to 800 grit.
This had rot on the knot on the outside… Dremeled it out and fill it with Black Graphite epoxy.



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Nogal and White Oak Keepsake Boxes

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Nogal and White Oak Keepsake BoxesMade a couple gift boxes for my best friend's and her daughter's birthdays. Boxes are made from Nogal (Peruvian walnut) and white oak. The lids have some incredible figure that I book matched. The smaller one had some bark occlusions that fell out when resawed it to create the book match. So I filled it with a little colored epoxy. The trays have a piston fit and take about 3 seconds to settle to the bottom of the box. The large box is 7” x 11.5” x 5” and the small one is 5' x 8” x 3”. Finished with a couple coats of Maker Brand Simple Finish (Oil wax blend).



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5 Tricks for a Silky-smooth Finish

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Achieve great results with the least amount of work. Think about it: What's the first thing you do when judging someone else's woodwork? You run your hand over it, of course. If it feels really smooth, you admire the …Source

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