Birthday Box

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    Peter Fitzpatrick
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    I made this box for a friend’s 60th birthday from an old oak board, stained and waxed.

    The plaque is brass, deep-etched in ferric chloride. The nails are square copper nails, and don’t really serve any structural purpose; they’re just there for decoration.

    It’s roughly 110mm square, 300mm tall.

    Something odd that I’ve not encountered before: the glue I used, Titebond III, was deeply coloured by the spirit-based stain I used. Titebond is a very liquid glue and it penetrates relatively deeply into the oak’s open fibres, so in places where I’d thought I’d cleaned it up completely, it was still lurking there, and created some very dark stain lines and patches. It’s worst on the inside, where I couldn’t reach properly with my scrapers, but it doesn’t look terrible enough to be worth sanding it right back; rather, it adds to the general antique look, which is all to the good in this case.

    Previous PVA glues I’ve used have repelled any stain, rather than soaking it up, and it’s pretty easy to see where any squeeze-out has been overlooked. It seems that’s not quite so simple with Titebond.

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    Jan Khmelnytsky
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    When you say, deeply colored, did it have an orange tint? I recently started using Titebond III and started noticing orange marks showing up on the wood (yellow pine) that I am still trying to identify.

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    Peter Fitzpatrick
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    The glue itself isn’t strongly coloured, it’s a creamy off-white. But it is powerfully affected by the spirit-based stain I used.

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