Step 1: Preparing the Box
For mine i just sanded the whole box from 60 grit to 220 grit sand paper. You can go higher depending on your preference but i felt it was good at 220.
Once the box is prepared you can begin your design.
Step 2: Selecting the Design
This design seemed really cool and it was a long name so i felt smarter every time i talked about it.
So i kind of free sketched this on to the box and corrected some things with a ruler.
Step 3: Begin the Burn!
From here it's just following the sketch with the burner. I also followed with some shading and some minor detail to make it a tad more ornate.
As for the shading, everyone has a different technique. I like to draw little circles constantly overlapping each other. Every wood burns different so you have to adapt and be more cautious with shading.
Always remember to start light because you can always make it darker not lighter!
Step 5: Finished!
I haven't sealed mine yet and i am debating if i will or not. I tend to like the rugged feel and the smell of the burning so a lacquer over it would ruin those things for me.
Now load it up with cigars or hobby items or anything you deem worthy to lie in this awesome looking creation.