Cigar Box Top Carvings
I purchased 3 boxes for $4 each at the local cigar shop and started getting the logo off the top.
One box (pictured) had a 2 color logo, was made of maghoney, held $18.00 cigars, the box was stained and had several coats of laquor, then silk screened logo in 2 colors, then a couple of layers of laquer on top.
I first used Goo Gone, the sticker removeal Orange oil trick. That worked great for those stickers.
Then I tried Acetone on the silk screened label. No luck, next step was wet or dry 800 grit sand paper with water. This worked real well, just take your time, use a back up block to keep a flat plane. Be careful not to sand through the stained finish. Clean often with water and start again. Took about 15 minutes to get it off. I then cleaned it off good and allowed to dry good in the sun. I sprayed 2 coats of Deft, allowed to dry over night.
Next I used one of Lora Irish line dwgs from her Tattoo book, sprayed the back of a copy with removable/repositioning adhesive. Applied copy to box, used a Flexcut V gouge and
carved through the paper into the box top. If the box was a laminated wood one be careful not to cut through the top veneer. Mine was solid wood.
Removed the paper and walla a relief type picture with a wood of contrasting color.
Lastly spray a coat of Deft to protect.
Thanks to who ever made the WCI post, could not find it again to give proper credit.