Tassie Blackwood is definitely one of my favourite timbers. The grain in each piece I pick up is always a winner. Here is one of my latest box sets; featuring a Baron II and letter opener, all made of Tasmania Blackwood. Hope you like the look.
This is how I normally finish my boxes. No fancy finishing techniques, only a nice simple way to get a perfect finish every time. Hope you enjoy!
In this video we sand back the veneer keys. You can carve or chisel back the veneer keys, but you have to be very careful not to chip back the veneer. I find sanding the easiest and quickest way to bring it back to flush. Then we start on the lid. I use a router... Continue Reading →
Finally had some time in the workshop to make the next video for the Hand made pen cases. This video is about how I cut the veneer keys into the box. This adds strength to the miter joints and adds a visual highlight to the design. This is a nice simple quick way compared to... Continue Reading →
In this video we cut the miter joins on a miter jig. I use my a miter jig that I have made myself. With batch cutting, you can do multiple cuts without even measuring the items. As you can see in the video, its very quick and simple. Number and marking your box sides now... Continue Reading →
Video 4 - Sanding and rebating the box sides. Now that we have flattened the box side, we now sand the inside face of the box. I start with 80 grit, then move onto 120, 180 and 240 grit. I have been asked what do I do if I don't have a linisher. Before I... Continue Reading →
Video 3 - Racking out and flattening the boards. As you can see in the video, I store the box sides in a dark corner of the workshop. They have been sitting on the shelves for about 6 months now. This is how many I normally do in a batch. I write the date on... Continue Reading →
1st step in making the box is selecting the timber and marking the timber for the box sides. Select a piece of timber 35mm x 22mm x 270mm long. This piece is enough timber for the box side. Earlier I spoke about the importance of grain matching the box sides, this is the same when... Continue Reading →
In this next series of videos that I will be putting together, is for these pen boxes that I make. I make a fair few of them, about 50 to 100 at a time. They are very popular in the galleries, they have also been featured in the front page of the Australian Wood Review.... Continue Reading →