Dad's Mini trunk box

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Project by AllorNoThumbs posted 06-07-2009 07:32 PM 2313 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first posting…Thank you to all that have welcomed me already. Yes, this is an awsome website and I fully enjoy looking at eveybodys work! This probably one of my best pieces, it is approx 11”x6”x8” and was made for my father to hold his most imoptant things. So the inside was made to hold a pipe, tobacco, lighter, business card holder and pens. The pull out drawer has one side cupped for small items. I learned chip carving from a master carver and wanted to incorperate it into my box making. The box was made with Bass wood and walnut. the top was glued up and hand sanded to form the rounded top. the finish is several coats of spray poly to get into the carving. Looking back I wish I had made my own hinges, of course we are our own worst critic…I think good picture taking skills can vastly improve the appearance of a project.

-- enjoy your wood...

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 07:38 PM

Beautiful box. Nice carvings also.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 07:47 PM

That is beautiful.
Love and care went into that, it shows.

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

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 08:10 PM

This an oustanding box great design great build and wonderful carving. Well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 09:32 PM

Very nice out of the box box!! :-)) (pun intended)

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

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 09:36 PM

Very nicely done. The carving is fantastic and the walnut is a perfect constrast for the basswood.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 09:40 PM

Beautiful and unique design , very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#7 posted 06-07-2009 10:03 PM

Fantastic box / trunk? That is the fansiest valet/man box I have seen!

Great job on the carving. It realy gives this box a LOT of POP!

You can tell a lot of love and attention to detail went into it’s contruction.

Great build! Great choice of woods! Great carving!

Kep it up! Hope to see more of your work.

Welcome to the best site on the web!


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

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#8 posted 06-07-2009 10:22 PM

Wow. I always wanted to try chip carving. This is an inspiration.

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#9 posted 06-08-2009 12:25 AM

Outstanding box… I’m sure your Dad loves it…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#10 posted 06-08-2009 01:45 AM

This is one nice looking box. The chip carving is great, design is great. Cool work, can’t wait to see more.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 06-08-2009 01:58 AM

Very nice looking box, you fit right in on this site. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#12 posted 06-08-2009 01:29 PM

Thanks for the comments! Chip carving is done with a knife, usually in triangular or square portions of wood to be removed, for example the blade is cut into the wood for the three sides of a triangle, and if cut in the proper fashion, a small “chip” or triangle is removed from the wood. The technic generally has to done in softer woods like Bass, Pine, Aspen because the chip carving knife is very sharp with a thin blade, so you could bend your knife in hardwoods. The advantage is that you can use geometric shapes and patterns on flat surfaces, so if you don’t have the skills to carve in the round, you can chip carve!

-- enjoy your wood...

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#13 posted 06-08-2009 02:38 PM

Very beautiful…. I love the design!

-- Follow your passion, and success will follow you.

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 06-08-2009 02:44 PM

Very nice, I really like the blend of the chip carving, mixed with the shape of the box. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 06-08-2009 04:33 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! You have way to much time on your hands.

Glad you joined. You’re going to be a inspiration to all of us.


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