About a week after finishing the black poplar box, I finished this even larger one. It’s deeper than the black box with two layers of trays and a compartment at the bottom. As before, it’s in 6mm poplar ply with Macrosuede lining.
This is the largest box I’ve made yet. It’s in 6mm poplar ply which doesn’t have the beautiful grain of the birch I often use, so I stained it black. The stain is thinned with the Osmo wax/oil finish I use. Some parts of the wood’s grain are more absorbent than others which brings out the grain pattern. Before staining, the grain was almost invisible, applying the stain was like watching an chemical photographic print develop. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means :-).
As usual, the box features my unique hinges. It is lined with black “Macrosuede”, a hard wearing synthetic fabric. The box is for sale in my shop.
I’m in the process of making a larger jewellery box in 6mm poplar ply. I chose poplar over birch for several reasons: 6mm birch ply is difficult to get, it is expensive and it’s at the limit of what my laser cutter can comfortably handle. The drawback of poplar is that the grain is barely visible and not nearly as beautiful as birch.
I think staining one wood to look like another wood is naff and I won’t do it. Staining wood a colour is ok for me and I’ve been experimenting with Chestnut Rainbow Colours. Chestnut’s web site looks like it fell out of a rent in the space time continuum from 1990 and I’ve never seen black in a rainbow. But the black stain, when heavily diluted, brings out poplar’s grain and looks great.
I diluted the stain 1 part stain to 12 parts Osmo Polyx oil and applied a very thin coat with a cloth. A second coat (drying a I type this) completes the finish.