these boxes make me sick

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Project by webwood posted 09-24-2009 08:36 AM 2958 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

wow – not sure how to describe the act of making these two sister boxes. Ausie lacewood was the project and we got several 4/4 X 4 12 foot timbers and proceded to mill them to spec. As we cut we found outrageous splits in the wood. Reminded me of my printing days when a roll of paper was wound to tight. made it through all that and began crafting the jounts etc. Very hard to mill . finally assembled and glued. Started a finish sand and felt funny – came back to finish following day and my face turned bright red – felt like the flu was coming on – found out later that it was an allergic reaction to the lacewood (not uncommon) boxes sat for a week , anyway got sick as a dog and christy had to finish – but here they are – beautiful wood ,but i will never cut that stuff again

-- -erik & christy-

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#1 posted 09-24-2009 10:51 AM

just gorgeous ,
beautiful effect !

i just love lacewood ,
just found a piece and made a box also ,
and here i thought i was just getting old ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-24-2009 11:26 AM

Love the joints, can’t figure out how you did that.
Glad you’re better, try making these with another wood.
They are just breath taking.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 09-24-2009 12:39 PM

Beautiful corners… beautiful boxes.
How did you do the corners?


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 12:49 PM

I use the silky oak… lacewood …. a lot and never had any problem… must be the XXXX immunisation serum.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 01:36 PM

Beautiful Job, Erik!
Sorry to hear of the bad reaction. I get sinus trouble every time I work Mahogany… :(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 01:52 PM

Very Nice! I love the woodgrain.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 02:01 PM

I really like the effect of continuing the darker corner boarder strip around the top and bottom – Very well done..

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 02:17 PM

beautiful boxes. glad to hear your feeling better.

I’ve known quite a few people from the printing industry that ended up taking on woodworking in one form or another – myself included.


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#9 posted 09-24-2009 02:23 PM

wonderful boxes. The finish was nicely done too. Sorry you got sick. Unfortunately sometimes we have to suffer for our art.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 09-24-2009 03:25 PM

Really beautiful, looks like some Incra work, with a twist. Be careful out there, once sensitized you may be more likely to have other wood allergies.

I really like the “finger-bedding” hole in the tray lift, I’ll have to try that.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 09-24-2009 04:15 PM

Gorgeous boxes!

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

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#12 posted 09-24-2009 04:31 PM

Too bad about the alergies. It is a beautiful wood to work with. I read an article about wood alergies not long ago. It said although uncommon it happens and wood like lacewood, rosewood and a few others I can’t remember have a slightly higher risk. The reactions can be severe and often intensify with each exposure. So stay away. I thnk the article was in Fine Woodworking but I am not sure.

Beautiful box though.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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John M

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#13 posted 09-24-2009 04:44 PM

Allergies suck. Great work nonetheless!

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 09-24-2009 05:00 PM

Beautiful box! We sure learn a lot with each project.
I was just going to experiment with some lacewood, so I’d better get my safety gear together. Thanks for the heads up. I have a chart I’ll consult too…..........Thanks…..............

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

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#15 posted 09-24-2009 05:03 PM

I had a reaction to spalted maple, so I know what you mean. Always wear a resperator around any wood. Just to be safe.

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

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