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Old 03-14-2013, 01:00 PM
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Default Red Gum, Jarrah, QLD Maple and Silky Oak work box

Another work box in figured Red Gum, with a Jarrah lid panel and QLD Maple lid border. The tray is made from highly figured Silky Oak.
The box is 19" x 10" x 8"
The finish is burnished Scandinavian Oil. The hinges and handles are imported English brass.

You can probably tell from the shadows that the Palms at the front door need trimming!

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Rob
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:24 PM
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Very nice, Rob!
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Default Re: Red Gum, Jarrah, QLD Maple and Silky Oak work box

Really, really nice. Inspiration for me............
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Beautiful work, as usual Rob.

Best,
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:02 PM
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Very nice Rob. How many coats of oil did this piece get?
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:50 PM
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Default Re: Red Gum, Jarrah, QLD Maple and Silky Oak work box

Hi all,

Thank you for the kind words.

LR, the box had two coats of oil. But it's what I do with the oiled box that matters. The first coat is a flooding coat, which is allowed to soak in to the timber for 15-30 minutes.
The second coat is added immediately before sanding and is, again a saturating coat.
I should say at this point that the timber has already been sanded to 400g.
After adding the second coat, I sand using 400, 500, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000 and 4000 grit.
The 1000, 2000 and 4000 are Platin 2 pads.
The whole process takes about 45-60 minutes, including incubation.
The finish is spectacular! Depth and resolution of grain are brilliant.
The burnished surface is resistant to hot and cold liquids and radiant heat.
You can do this with Liberon Pure Tung Oil, diluted 1:3 with White Spirit.

Here's some pics of a Tasmanian Blackwood table done in this manner.

Regards,

Rob
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:08 AM
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Excellent work, Rob!

How does the color of the Red Gum wood change with time? I would assume it would darken from red to a more brown color, but curious.

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 03-16-2013, 05:33 AM
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Hi Everyone,
Thank you for the kind words.
Neil, the Red Gum does darken over time, especially under oil, but the colour is more of a deep blood red. I'll see if I can find some and take a picture. Actually I have a coffee table which was made and oiled 7 years ago, so that should show it!
So here are two pics: One from today and the second from 7 years ago. They are not the best comparison pics, but I think you can see that the timber hasn't really changed to a dark brown, more of a mellow red! The figures still there though.

Like a good Aussie Shiraz Wonder Wino!!

Regards,

Rob
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:14 AM
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Nicely done, Rob
You use some beautiful wood for your work
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