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Project by TJ65 posted 78 days ago 657 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece had to meet specific requirements in the fact that I had to use some of the chisels that I was fortunate in receiving from my girlfriend when her grandfather passed away.
I have admired carvings from the Black Forest era and thought I would use the idea of a distinctive and prominent carving as a handle. The width of the lid is a little to large to comfortably use your hand to open it ( sorry forgot to measure it before I gave it away).

I initially made the base out of the same wood as the lid but unfortunately is was not meant to be. It turned out that it was great to carve but not to work as a round base. ( I think also that it was wrongly set against the grain)
It was a little brittle and while trying to fit the lid it cracked. So I started again with a much harder wood. (Turned out this WAS hard as it was a little difficult to cut out on the scrollsaw and sand using mechanical sanders.)
Finishing, I sanded up to 360 lightly wiping with water to raise the grain between grit changes. When sanding was finished a light coat of shellac sanding sealer which was sanded again with 360. I once again deepened the shadows of the carving somewhat with paint before doing two coats of wax. Such a nice smell and sheen using wax and heaps quicker too. Not having to wait for drying times of paint or poly.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 78 days ago

Theresa,

This is a great combination of skills – way to go for sticking with it!

The wax application provides a great “patina”.

Thanks for sharing.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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majuvla

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#2 posted 78 days ago

Beautiful box!Nice work as usual.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 78 days ago

Theresa – your work is always inspiring and beautiful! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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savannah505

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#4 posted 78 days ago

Beautiful work. It looks like it took a while. Good to see the tools given you will carry on in great working hands.

-- Dan Wiggins

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 78 days ago

great wrok and super looking carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Dark_Lightning

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#6 posted 77 days ago

WOW. Now that is a sweet box. I’ll have to think about birds as handles. What a great idea.

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 77 days ago

Theresa,

Nice box! Your carving looks delightful!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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tomd

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#8 posted 77 days ago

Very nice box, great work.

-- Tom D

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Roger

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#9 posted 77 days ago

A beautifully carved box. I like the bird lid handle as well. Looks like a gr8 place for some dark chocolate peanut m&m’s. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 76 days ago

This is a beautiful piece, Theresa. You are very talented.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 76 days ago

TJ…

You are really getting better & BETTER at carving!!

Really a SUPER COOL project!

Very nice!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Druid

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#12 posted 75 days ago

Lovely piece Theresa. Should make the recipient happy for years to come. Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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mafe

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#13 posted 73 days ago

So sweet, wonderful carving.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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OakHill

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#14 posted 72 days ago

Another great work of art!!

-- John, Illinois, http://OakHillWoodCreations.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 58 days ago

Beautiful box, Theresa….....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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