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Project by Roger posted 08-10-2014 11:51 PM 1713 views 6 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know to some of you, the title probably/maybe, might not be what you expected…...........Anyhoo, many months ago, I bought a small package from Randy ( of some blocks of Spalted Hackberry. 1st, I wanna say, thnx Randy. My inspiration of these came from one of my library of books and mags. I finally found this book; Sculpted Band Saw Boxes: Design, Inspiration & Construction (Popular Woodworking) Paperback – August 18, 2008 by Lois Ventura. This box came from a pattern that David Thiel has in this book. Thnx David. So, thnx Lois, and David. This Hackberry sure does have some character. I finally got round to doin somethin with a few o the blocks. I think they came out very nice. The Hackberry is sandwiched in between 2 pieces of 30+yr old Walnut. As you can see, the Walnut has a little of the live edge, and some sapwood, and finished with 4 coats of Minwax Poly. The insides are lined w/leather. The live edge is on the inside only because of the way the outsides are dished, I would have lost all of that nice natural edge had I put them on the outside. Being on the inside still makes em look pretty cool. Ok, being done ramblin, I’ll say this: Any comments, good/bad/ugly will be deeply appreciated. Thnx for lookin in.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 11:54 PM

Here is a closeup of some o that beee-u-tee-ful Spalted Hackberry.

It’s amazing how much art can be in a piece o wood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 11:58 PM

Wonderful use of that block of wood. It sure does have some marvelous grain!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 12:07 AM

Ain’t nothing as pretty as the grain patterns found in a piece of wood…Mama nature really knew what she was doing…You did it justice Roger…Very Nice…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 12:08 AM

COOL set of lil boxes…

YES! Lois Ventura sure does some great stuff!

Yours came out super COOL!

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#5 posted 08-11-2014 12:27 AM

Way to go Roger. Nice work. I’ve never seen hack berry before. I would love to have some for a bowl or for a medallion on a secrets box. Thanks for showing.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 12:30 AM

Very attractive work with some really beautiful grain display.

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 12:39 AM

Sweet! They kinda’ look like those little fighters from Star Wars.
Did you make them for specific reason, like a client? Or just for sale in general?

I think anybody who wants to make band saw boxes should read the Ventura book – very clear and concise.
I actually got mine from the PUBLIC library, they let you have it for a month.

Good job Roger.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 12:41 AM

did you flock the insides or is that some of the felt that has glue on one side, and these sure are pretty, very good idea.

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 12:44 AM

Wild and crazy grains and colors! Awesome and Very unique.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 08-11-2014 12:56 AM

Those are so cool looking. You did a great job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#11 posted 08-11-2014 01:02 AM

You did an excellent job on these. The woods you used are MONEY ! I am “stealing” this design too. These would make great gifts this Christmas. Again, beautiful workmanship.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 08-11-2014 01:02 AM

Well now, those look very nice Roger, kind of remind me of the star wars dearth Vader space ships LOL this came out really nice and glad to see them take shape, I’m curious though will I get to see some pens made from it?

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#13 posted 08-11-2014 01:29 AM

Roger these are beautiful, great idea.

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#14 posted 08-11-2014 01:49 AM

Nice boxes, Roger. I recognize that wood!!

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

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#15 posted 08-11-2014 02:11 AM

Very cool Roger. Nice material, well used.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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