Ambigram oval box

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Project by nayo posted 12-26-2014 12:06 AM 924 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This oval box was done for a family gift exchange, this is actually my wife’s giftee, but i did the box and she did the finishing. i gave the guitar pick holder.

the name is “Mildre” by the way, and is kind of difficult to read it but as an ambigram most of them are like that. it is inlaid in rosewood. the white ring around its actually a mistake as i cut where i was not supposed to, i had to separate the two cover pieces after cutting the letters but i did not, so i just glued the white piece to the rosewood and it actually looks really pretty. as my dad says, with glue and sawdust you can fix almost any mistake.

and my cousin Mildre loved it, she was taking pictures of it and with it, and was showing it to everybody, so i think we did ok.

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 09:35 AM

Your dad is a smart man, Nayo. Beautiful box. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 01:22 PM

A beautiful box. Your work is superb nayo

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 01:31 PM

Very nice box. What method did you use to cut the letters in the top?

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 12-26-2014 07:01 PM


-- just rjR

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#5 posted 12-26-2014 09:00 PM


i just put the two pieces of wood together with tape, put the pattern on top and cut the letters in the crollsaw with a # 3 blade, i used a small drill bit to make the entry hole less noticeable, you are supossed to use an angle when cutting those letters, so one will fit very thight, but i skipped that and cut at a 0 degree angle, and fill the little gaps, once i am sanding, i put glue on the gaps and then use a sander, when the sander makes dust, it will fill the gaps.

and be careful not to confuse the pieces, as they are not the same, it could be a really puzzle to put it back again.

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#6 posted 12-26-2014 11:39 PM

You did “way past OK” nayo. It is beautiful!

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 11:22 PM

Thanks for the information concerning cutting the letters.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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