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    Default Maple burl / Birdseye box

    Man....I need to work on my lining technique [emoji4]


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    I'm a little confused Jacques. Is this one of your earlier boxes or one that you have come across as a comparison?

    Cheers,
    Dallas

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    Hi Dallas. I bought it secondhand. I liked the panel on the lid as it has some nice figure, it's a solid piece of timber and a decent size. It also has a nice brass lock and key so all in all a good price for what I got.

    The original plan was to strip it down and remake it using the same timber but then again I might just leave it as is, redoing the lining off course [emoji16].

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    Quote Originally Posted by botesmj1 View Post
    Hi Dallas. I bought it secondhand. I liked the panel on the lid as it has some nice figure........... [emoji16].
    That's a relief!!! Thought the forums standards had just gone through the floor
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    Updated 18th of May

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTIT View Post
    That's a relief!!! Thought the forums standards had just gone through the floor
    Haha, never. There is way too much talent around here.

    As an aside, old boxes like this are quite interesting. It gives you some insight into how things were done, what stood up to the test of time (dovetails in this case), and what didn't (the lining obviously). It's also a great source for nicely figured or rare timber and hardware if if it goes cheaply enough.

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    So instead of chopping the box up to salvage the lid I decided to fix and restore the entire box.

    Turns out the timber is New Zealand Kauri, including the burl lid and the inset tray.

    I must admit, I'm glad I did it as it came out lovely and it has heaps of character. All the screws and nails were rusted tight so it was a mission to get all the hardware removed.

    The lid being big and heavy caused the hinges to break out but I managed to fix it decently. I left all the repairs visible as I didn't want to put any filler on the box to retain its character. To prevent it breaking again I resorted to the little gold chain to keep the lid open.

    It's far from precision joinery and the lid leaves some gaps when closed but it sort of fit the box, the old dovetails just needed a little bit of glue to tighten them up.

    With a fresh lining, some lacquer and a coat of wax it's good for another 50 years.


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    A great find there, Jacques. Lots of character and a beautiful top. Looks like it was a sewing box? I’d take a box like this any day over its glitzy sisters with marquetry and pearl inlays.

    Good to see this saved for future generations with a ‘light touch’ sympathetic restoration.

    Some questions, please:

    What did you use to clean the box?
    Type of lacquer? Applied with brush?

    Thanks for sharing.


    Brian

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    Spectacular job - fantastic restoration. The figure and colour in that timber, especially the lid, is just amazing.

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    Nice job, and very timely. I'm about to line the base of the jewellery box I'm making. Can you please tell me what lining you used? Glue or double sided tape? Substrate?

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    You have certainly retained the character of this box with a thoughtful restoration. As others have said, the burl used for the lid is extra special.
    Dallas

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    Hi Brian, yes it was a sewing box. I even got some needles with it when I got it [emoji4].

    I sanded the box down before applying the lacquer. I just used the rattle can I had on hand, same as wha5 I used in a prior post.


    Jack, the velvet is applied on a thick cardboard using double sided tape, then more double sided tape to apply it to the box.

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