Celtic Impressions

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 01-18-2009 04:18 AM 2182 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I don’t typically make things like this but here it is. I normally do the whole fall season thing with the branches and what not. This is the first celtic pattern I’ve come up with. I did find a pattern with 3 wings that I kind of mimicked. Those are kind of difficult to draw up and have everything symetrical and the same. So I doubt this is perfect. The way I see it is that you either like this or you don’t. I’m not sure there is a medium like there is with most things. It’s weird like that. Anyhow I used 12/4 alder and assembled it with box joints. Then after the box was assembled I cut the shape on the bandsaw and sanded it with the spindle sander. I still need to put velvet and hinges. But it’s pretty much done. For the finish I used targets Oxford shellac and lacquer finish. The material is Alder with a birdseye maple inlay. I wish there had been more birdseye in the birdseye but what can you do. I didn’t have any sand to shade with so I tried to use a burner. Well It looks okay but not really “shaded” as much as it’s “highlighted”. Oh well. Win some lose some. This piece is for sale and will be posted at if anyone has interest. Thanks for looking and any and all criticism is welcome.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 04:44 AM

That came out pretty nice. I particularly like the joints in the corners. I’m not sure if the joint is really as thick as it looks or if it is an illusion due to the angle of the box, but it looks cool. Nice project.

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 04:54 AM

Looks very nice. Great work!
The joints make me scratching my head… aaaaa?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 05:07 AM

Love the pattern. This would go over very well at a renisaunce fair. Love the free flow box design also.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 05:08 AM

I think it came out very nice. Celtic patterns are tough and I think you did it very well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 05:14 AM

This is one of those “head scratchers” as I call them. I scratch my head and wonder how the heck you inlay a curved pattern that well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 05:40 AM

Great job by my account. Your right about if you’d had a little better maple it would have jumped out at you a little more, however the design and details hold it together. Nice box!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 01-18-2009 06:16 AM

Bentlyj, the inside is square. I cut the shape after the box was assembled. Thanks for the comments guys. Here is a picture of the inlay up close so you can see in detail the burning. I slap myself for not doing it right but it’s fine. I think the inlay itself is pretty tight. I routed out a majority of the material and then chiseled to the line.
Here is a pic without the lid. I never saw the dust around the edges but my camara did. Crazy. I still need to do the hinges and felt. I am contenplating on making some wooden hinges, but I’m afraid that it will sit there for months unfinished. We’ll see. The corners are joined with box joints and because the material is so thick it makes them look long cut the way it is. That should help out those who are curious. Just simple joinery. The bottom is grooved in.
Don’t be afraid for negative criticism. Everything can be done better or different. I’ll take any advice, comments, wisdom, etc I can get.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 01-18-2009 06:41 AM

kolwdwrkr – I really like the shape of the box. I REALLY like what the shape of the box does to the box joints. I like the design on the inlay, but here is my only criticism will the inlay. I think that the inlay might look better, if you rotated it 45 degrees. That way the four legs on the inlay would point to the four corners of the box. Just my thoughts.

How do you plan on attaching the hinges? Have you thought about having a lid that lifts off with no hinges?

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#9 posted 01-18-2009 06:54 AM

jimp, I was going to run the pattern into the corners believe me. I drew it a few times. The problem was the shape of the “eyes”. They have the sharp points and when put into the corners it looks like crap and I think I would have had to round things over. I think what happened was that I really liked the design I came up with and fit it to the top the way it looked best. I believe it was being lazy. I should have come up with a different design instead of being stingy with this one. I’ve also thought about the lid just being lifted off. That would really make me feel lazy, LOL. I think I need to make up for some of the short commings and come up with something cool. So I am really considering making the hinges. Thanks for the candor. Keep it coming. Every project is a learning experience.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 01-18-2009 05:40 PM

great inlay.. looks nice

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 01-18-2009 05:43 PM

Very nice.I love the size and style of the box.Nice job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 01-18-2009 06:20 PM

Great Job Kolwdwrkr!!! I really like your design. Great looking box joints! And I wanted to thank you for the forum you wrote, about welcoming my family. I hope we don’t over whelm this site.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 01-18-2009 06:41 PM

Dennis you are most welcome for the welcoming. There’s no way your family can overwhelm the site. Maybe you guys can overwhelm us with a wealth of information ;-).

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 01-18-2009 06:52 PM

I’m going to disagree with jimp I think inlay pattern is placed perfectly and would look very crowed if it was turned those 45 degrees. Besides you’ve obviously mastered the craft and for now a one of a kind (bet it won’t be for long. great craftsmanship and really great design.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#15 posted 01-18-2009 07:05 PM


you could make the line transitions more fluid by getting a set of “french curves”. ....inexpensive plastic plates that have every eliptical shape on the planet. I cant do without them!


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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