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Behind the scenes: Crafting oak boxes

Posted on February 05 2017

One of our favourite products to make are our solid oak wood boxes. 100% designed and  handcrafted in our studio; our oak boxes incorporate all the skills we have picked up over the years, culminating in beautiful works of art!

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Read on to find out some of our favourite aspects of the crafting process:

1. Cutting the wood

This is Sam's area of expertise. Using both a table saw and hand saw, Sam skillfully cuts the wood to precise measurements. Sam then hand sands the wood to ensure a smooth, shapely finish.

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2. Engraving the wood

Hesta is the engraver of the team! Using a Dremel tool to hand-engrave the wood, Hesta works toward a deep engraved etch, following the contours of the wood to create an elegant effect. The engravings are then finished with a hand-painted infill to achieve that glistening, marbled text effect!

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3. The finishing touches

A team effort! After a final sanding a buffing of the oak box, a specialist gloss wood varnish is applied for longevity. Particular care is taken to add an extra layer of varnish to the engraving to add that lasting shine!

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To see more of our crafts, pop over to our online store!

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Our blog posts are written by Make Memento store owner and crafter, Hesta Byerley. To see more from Make Memento, follow us on social media.

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