Customer wanted A high gloss finish on all the items.
I personally prefer to use water based urethanes on most projects. A little secret I use a very high quality hardwood floor finish. Water based finishes like these are self leveling and very forgiving. They are tough as nails because people walk on it so it has to be. They dry fast and multiple coats can be done quickly and your not waiting half days for re-coats. Another advantage is the smell is virtually none. Water based finishes can grow old on you so beware and once they tend not to work as expected get rid of it and its time to get a new can.
Again this is a desk valet made from African mahogany.
I rarely ever finish the insides of boxes. these are custom engraved on the insides.
The decal I place on items are easily removed and kept for future contact for the next order.
Cut in this manner the heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quarter sawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance.
Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy.
Pretty cool for a darn tree hey.
This one is almost done, only needing the stain to dry and finish applied. This is officially the last piece I am making before Christmas.
Hey if you need a sign, plaque, door number plates, custom light switch fixtures, drop me a note. you wont be disappointed. -Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas. -Bill
We have been busy on a lot of little projects for ourselves and others too. Holidays you know. Following are some images of pieces in process to give you an idea of how some of this is done.
These are repeat cuts of the first tooth and first hair cut boxes. They seem to be quite popular. I was asked to make 2, but the material would allow me to make 4 so waste not! I will have two for the next show.
Black Walnut and Bubinga, and Cherry and Paduak.
Start of the pocketing
3D milling the inside lips
Walnut set ready for sanding. note the magnet pockets for closure.
Now the start of the cherry
3D lip cutting
Lids test fitting
tops of the inside lids not cut yet
Bubinga inside lid cut half way
Now the Paduak
Tops of the inside lids now machined
Cherry and Paduak
Still have to finish sand and stain, mount the magnets and hinges, but they are basically there.