Step 3, or Stormy Seas

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Project by Bill posted 05-27-2014 02:37 PM 2589 views 23 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 10×7 x 4 cherry and spalted maple box is a spin-off of this While it didn’t come out as I expected, I like the concept. I was going for waves on a stormy sea, and I think I managed to pull it off. Instead of shaping the cherry outer layer off the sides, I used a router to take out the bulk of the waste before shaping the wave peaks.

What I will do differently on the next set is use a softer wood on the outer layer, or at least stabilize the spalting. even the slightest bit of sanding on the spalting took out a lot of material, and made shaping the cherry more than difficult. I had planned on inlaying some copper for a setting sun above on of the waves, but I am afraid that it won’t work too well in the spalting.

The lid is a simple pull off, no hinges or dowels, and is finished with wipe on poly.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 05-27-2014 02:40 PM

WOW! That is some piece there. Once again very inspiring. Thanks for sharing again

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 05-27-2014 02:55 PM

That is a very interesting design and a great looking box. The right woods can make all the difference.

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 03:10 PM

Outstanding. Love the design. Great effort, I think you accomplished what you started.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 03:10 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 05-27-2014 04:18 PM

You keep finding new ways to make me say wow. Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 05-27-2014 05:20 PM

Thats a great idea and very eye catching!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 05-27-2014 05:54 PM

That’s a remarkably beautiful box. Wow!

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#8 posted 05-27-2014 06:20 PM

That is a great box!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#9 posted 05-27-2014 06:27 PM

I like it that is a great looking piece of ART!
Keep showing always like to see this kind of work!!!
Great colors! Cherry is top on my list!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#10 posted 05-27-2014 06:56 PM

way cool I love that grain pattern WOW

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 07:31 PM

Sweet wood! Sweet box! I LOVE spalted maple. Way to go!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 05-27-2014 08:12 PM

What a cool idea! I can’t believe you did all the sculpting after the box was put together. And no big gouges in that maple. Great job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 05-27-2014 08:41 PM

Wow… Just WOW! And spectacular !

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 05-27-2014 09:05 PM

Man this hits the eyeballs head on, fabulous piece

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 05-27-2014 09:12 PM

You’ve developed a great way to use unique wood. I know of no one who has combined colors, textures, and species in the same way you are. The results are unique and striking. My compliments. Sure, the wood is spectacular, but it’s the way you bring them together that makes the result special. Anyone can slap some interesting wood together. Nice work!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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