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Project by Mosquito posted 08-16-2017 01:12 PM 937 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a box that a friend asked me to make for him. It was a gift to his wife for their anniversary, and was designed to hold some drinking glasses that were given to his wife at their wedding. The glasses were given to his grandparents as a wedding gift, and they passed them down to my friend and his wife at theirs.
 

The box is made from red oak, and the panels are 1/4” plywood with cocobolo veneer which was applied by hammer veneering. The silver inlay is solid silver square wire, and was routed out by hand. Routing out the inlay was by far the most nerve racking thing about this build, since it was the first time I had tried it, and since it was an outline not really a “sneak up on it” type of thing… The holes that the glasses fit in are lined with neoprene rubber to hold them securely. The V inlay is the outline of the silver leaf pattern that are on the glasses.
 

Finish on almost all of the box is shellac, and sanding to 400 between coats, and 800 on the final coat before buffing with a dry rag. I wasn’t going for ultra glossy, but rather a soft touch, which I feel I accomplished pretty well with that method.
 

The panel in the lid was finished with several coats of shellac before being buffed with renaissance wax for the inside face, and coated with semigloss water based polyurethane for the outside face. I went this route because the cocobolo had a tendency to bleed color into the shellac and turn the silver a more gold color because of it. So I sealed the cocobolo with the shellac a few times, sanding back to expose the silver between coats, then finished with a few coats of poly over that.
 
 

A few more work in progress pictures below:

 
I had made a new veneer hammer specifically for this project. No more rounded over scrap of wood, or UHMW plastic bar lol

 

I traced out a cutout of the V that was on the glasses, and followed that for routing the inlay

 

After the shellac, while the poly was being applied

 

I also pre-finished the inside parts of the box before gluing up. Due to the captured mid plate, it would have been difficult to finish the inside after assembly.

 

A better view of the rings for the glasses

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com





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#1 posted 08-16-2017 01:23 PM

Beautifully done, Mos.
The finish on that coco is superb.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 01:27 PM

Excellent work Mos. What does the symbol mean?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 01:29 PM

Fantastic. I always enjoy seeing your craftsmanship, thank you Mos.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 01:33 PM

That came out great Mos. The cocobolo looks buttery soft.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 08-16-2017 01:41 PM

Thanks guys!

Paul, the symbol matches the V silver leaf that is on the glasses the box is for, and is the first letter of their last name. I’ll have to see if I can get a picture with the some of the glasses, as I didn’t have a chance to get one while I was there delivering it

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#6 posted 08-16-2017 01:50 PM

That came out looking great.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 08-16-2017 02:12 PM

Awesome work Mos! Absolutely lovely box. The inlay looks flawless and the Cocobolo and Oak go together well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 08-16-2017 02:14 PM

That is really great looking. I can certainly understand how nerve racking that routing must have been. You did an exceptional job.

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#9 posted 08-16-2017 02:52 PM



That came out looking great.

- johnstoneb


Awesome work Mos! Absolutely lovely box. The inlay looks flawless and the Cocobolo and Oak go together well.

- HokieKen


That is really great looking. I can certainly understand how nerve racking that routing must have been. You did an exceptional job.

- BurlyBob

Thanks!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#10 posted 08-16-2017 02:54 PM

Wonderful work Mos. I’m sure the box and the glasses will go to many generations to come.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 08-16-2017 02:55 PM

Quality piece Mos. Turned out great.

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#12 posted 08-16-2017 03:16 PM

Lovely box. Did you hand route for the inlay?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 08-16-2017 03:19 PM

Thanks Wayne. I did, I picked up a Stew Mac Mini Router Base and paired it with my Black and Decker RTX rotary tool with 3/32” downcut spiral bit. It was scary lol One oops and there goes a lot of cash worth of cocobolo veneer lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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#14 posted 08-16-2017 05:20 PM

Beautiful work, Mos! A proper home to ensure their heirlooms will be safe. Nice job with the hammer too.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#15 posted 08-16-2017 05:22 PM

Thanks woodcox :)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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