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    Made from blackheart Sassafras (thanks to Lance for letting me use his jointer/thicknesser to straighten up the boards I had! What a machine! - they were originally very, very twisted and started out twice as thick).

    Some electricity required - used the router table to make the grooves as I don't have a plough plane or anything small enough to make the 6mm grooves. I glued together two pieces of 3mm ply for the base and topped with a layer of split pig skin. Finished with two coats of Danish oil. Still waiting to wax.
    Regards Adam

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    A well executed pencil box Adam and good use of that nice piece of BHS for the lid. Are those handcut dovetails?
    Hadn't seen you around for a while and I was hoping your talents weren't languishing while you were distracted in some other pastime.
    Cheers,
    Dallas

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    Hey Stratman, thats a very neat looking pencil case. Very clean joints, great looking finish. I'm a danish oil bloke also, and then a couple of coats of buffed in wax. I assume you own a Stratocaster?

    Paul

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    Wow Adam! It's amazing what a difference the finishing has made relative to when I saw it on the weekend. The depth of grain in the lid is beautiful! And the dovetails look great.

    Kind regards,
    Lance

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    Thank Dallas.

    Yes, I've been very slack over the cooler months. It gets a bit cold in the shed in the evening after I get home from work. But I have been busily buying lots of old tools (planes, saws mainly) and restoring them inside the house, where my fire is ). I did make a headphone stand for my desk at work. I'll post that up on the Woodwork Pics forum.

    Yes they're handcut. The Sassafras was much denser than I expected but pared really nicely too.

    Regards Adam

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    Hi Paul, thanks very much. Yes, I love Danish oil followed by wax. I think mainly because I 'stress' a little about applying shellac etc. so love the wipe on/wipe off of the Danish oil. It's just so easy. I just use basic beeswax/carnauba wax applied with steel wool and then buffed off.

    Ha, yes the name's a bit of a give away. I do. I once owned a custom shop Gibson '59 Les Paul (R9) which I bought new for a steal when the Aussie $ was at parity with the US. It was a gorgeous guitar but I never seemed to play it. I'd pick it up for a few minutes, then put it back down and pick up the Strat. Guess I just prefer the sound and feel. As they say, you can make a Strat sound like anything, but nothing sounds like a Strat!

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    Hey, thanks Lance. Yes it sure did! That was a piece you let me run through your jointer/thicknesser. Very grateful for that, or the piece probably would have sat there with me not knowing what to do with it ;-)

    I've got about the same sized piece left over so I'll bring a Huon pine board over one day to run through if that's ok? Planning on making another one with Huon pine sides.

    Regards Adam

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    Hey Adam, I sand down to 2000, then apply my Danish Oil (home made). Second coat is cut in/rubbed in with 1200 W&D. Then after a day a light rub with the same W&D (dry)then wax buffed on with a lambswool pad on my drill press. Next day, same again. Finish comes up lovely. I've made 11 guitars now, was gonna stop after 10, but, you know the story. That's it though, that's enough, lot of work making a guitar. The best two I made by far were from Purple Heart and Hornbeam. They are over on the guitar section somewhere I think under "watch this space" a bit over a year ago.

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    Gee that sounds like it would be a fantastic finish, Paul. I don't go to anywhere near that level with mine (sand to 400 grit!) but I will try your method next time. I'm sure it will be amazing. How do you make your oil? I'd be really interested to know (or point me to a post if you've mentioned it before). Holy six-strings, Batman!! 11!!! That's a huge effort. I'll go and check them out. I'm assuming you play too, how on earth do you choose one to pick up!?! lol

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    I've just been checking out your 'watch this space' guitar thread, Paul. What do I say!?! Jaw-droppingly gorgeous work you've done. I'd love to build my own guitar one day. There's so much info and references in that thread I'll be studying it and reading up when the time comes. And your boxes! Wow. These are stunning also. Such fine work and amazing detail. One day I hope to be making boxes like your also. Such an exciting journey to look forward to )
    Regards Adam

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    thanks Adam for all those comments. My Danish Oil is very simple. Equal parts of polyurethane (I go for the gloss), white spirits and boiled linseed oil. One litre of each of these makes me up about ten coca cola 300mm bottles (my wife drinks coca cola) with a screw on sealed top. The Danish oil is lovely but the good thing is, its good down to your last drop. The Danish Oil you buy from Bunnings, use about 2/3,...3/4,...way down into your can and it turns to jelly. All my boxes are sanded to 2000 grit, then finished as I described above.

    Those two purple heart guitars, I love them. Well I only have one left now, gave one to my son. Of my earlier guitars I gave one each to the two youngest grandsons. Then a bloke swapped me an acoustic Gretsch resonator acoustic for two of my guitars. I ended up selling the Gretsch but now wish I kept it.

    So I have 6 of the 11 left sitting on a nice stand I made for them. I had to make a stand for the corner of the room, my wife said they were messing up her lounge room too much.

    I was offered good money for the purple heart guitar, but wasn't interested in selling it. It is a lovely guitar, by far my best. You would have read all the specs on the thread.

    Paul

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    I don't want to hijack Adam's thread but I would just like some details on your home brew Paul.
    When you use the gloss Poly does that give you a gloss finish or is it dulled back to a satin or similar by the other ingredients?
    Do you use the White Spirits instead of Turps to speed up the drying or is there other reasons?
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    Hey there Dallas. I got that recipe from somewhere online. The first batch I made I did buy Satin Poly, then I went to Gloss. I dont think there is that much difference. It really brings out the grain in some timbers. Maybe the gloss is a tad more "glossy" than the satin. Hard to say. There must be some chemical reason for using the White spirits and not turps. Sorry I am not really into the reasons for this, but it is lovely to use. My wife suffers from a lot of asthma and allergies. Allergic to heaps of things, smells, odours, perfumes, foods, smoke etc etc. And I know that this Danish oil she is not to bad with it. Anything with that tung oil in it, it is definite No No. She cant even walk in to woodwork shops with those smells. My Danish Oil is nice and dry overnight, ready for its second coat or its first wax coat. And any smells that my Danish oil might have had, are long gone overnight. Tung Oil, different story.

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    You're welcome, Paul

    I can see that you've answered the questions I was going to ask for Dallas I will definitely give that a go - it sounds a lot nicer than the 'oil' I use.

    I didn't realise that about the Bunnings stuff. wish I didn't buy a huge can now Oh well....

    You have a very lucky son and grandsons. What a thing to give.

    No disrespect to your wife, but how on earth could a bunch of guitars mess up any room!?!? LOL.

    I did read through the entire posts (lovely choice of pups, by the way), and a few others of yours. Got some great tips from them, so thank you.

    Regards Adam

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    Oh, one more question I forgot to ask... and I've looked on Google but there's a bit of conflicting information out there...

    Where do you buy your 'white spirits' from? I can never work out the difference between a lot of the solvents and think I'm confused.

    Regards Adam

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