Padauk box with maple lid

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Just finished this today. Padauk body/finial with a maple lid. Sanded to 600, EEE, then buffed on the Beall system. I’ve made somewhere between 5-10 boxes now, this one by far is my best and favorite. It’s a gift for a lady at my job, I hope she likes it as much as I do. The finial could be better, but it’s my first. Ya gotta start somewhere!


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I really like this Jay. I love the combination of Padauk and Maple - one I use a lot for my stuff.

The profile is excellent and the finial is also very attractive.

This may be the best work I have seen from your efforts.

Well done.
 
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Is it hollowed out to match the outer counters (more or less), Jay?

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It’s not quite a hollowform. The cavity goes about halfway to the wings. I don’t have a swan neck hollowing tool, just the articulating head from Sorby. I’ve been eyeing one from Easywood though.

I like the combination of woods. Did you top coat before you polished it out with anything??? Nice turning. Thanks for showing.:):)

Thank you. No finish, just 2 coats of Mylands sealer knocked back with 0000 then the Beall. BLO makes Padauk far too dark and I didn’t want to wait for Antique Oil to fully cure anyhow. EEE made the grain pop sufficiently. IMO the Beall did a fantastic job, it was my first time using it.

I really like this Jay. I love the combination of Padauk and Maple - one I use a lot for my stuff.

The profile is excellent and the finial is also very attractive.

This may be the best work I have seen from your efforts.

Well done.

Thank you Mark! I have to agree, I don’t think there is any doubt that this is the best work I’ve done. It took awhile, but I’m very happy with it.
 
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Originally Posted by jttheclockman View Post
I like the combination of woods. Did you top coat before you polished it out with anything??? Nice turning. Thanks for showing.
Thank you. No finish, just 2 coats of Mylands sealer knocked back with 0000 then the Beall. BLO makes Padauk far too dark and I didn’t want to wait for Antique Oil to fully cure anyhow. EEE made the grain pop sufficiently. IMO the Beall did a fantastic job, it was my first time using it.

Again nice job. Well if you did not put a seal coat on it there is a good chance it will darken anyway with UV light. That is the nature of that wood.
 
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