Gouge Texture Box
This is a small wooden box I made recently from Jarrah. Its a West Australian species that is very tough and has a nice dark colour. I thought a plain box might be a bit drab so I decided to decorate it a bit with gouge marks. These were cut with the grain and randomly to make a ripply effect. I did not sand the surface of the gouged sections as they were burnished by the back of the gouge, and I did not want to wear down the sharp ridges.
The joints were simple rebate joints cut by hand for practice, and the finish was 2 coats of polyurethane after sanding to 180, and then rubbing down with steel wool. In hindsight I would not use steel wool for something like this again, as the fibres catch on the rough texture and its a pain to clean off all the debris before finishing.
Thanks for looking.