The Family Tree-Take One

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Project by Durnik150 posted 10-09-2009 12:01 AM 3112 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still pretty undecided about this box. When I first cut the block for it and did the outline cuts, I really liked it and the idea it portrayed. I decided I wanted to go with a slightly different look than a smooth finish all over. I got out the grinder and added leaves and branches to the top sides, front and back of the box. It gave it the texture I was looking for but it took away the smoothness and the “prettiness” of the wood. Different, not bad, just different I guess.

I started with a great board of 8/4 Padauk and made my block from that. I only needed 3 thicknesses to get what I needed. The overal dimensions are 15” wide X 5” tall X 5 1/2” deep. A pretty hefty box! Since the Padauk came out so deep red/purple, I went with simple brass pulls so they didn’t dominate and detract from the concept of the family tree. The drawers are flocked in a wine color.

A semi-gloss poly was the finish of choice this time around. Let me know what you think. I’m going to use this design again without the grinder additions and see how it plays out. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 12:30 AM

You make some great boxes and this one is another. Well done.

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 01:16 AM

Charles, this looks pretty good. Taking the grinder to the box adds character to it and I find it visually more interesting with the changes in texture on the box’s surface. The brass pulls are a nice idea as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 02:19 AM

I agree with Scott, the difference in the surface textures makes you want to take a closer look. One thing you could do on the new one is to use a different type of wood for the faces of the boxes, make them look kind of like leaves.

Sort of like this:

Or this:

(Source: Woodflair)

Just a thought, something I’ve been wanting to try since I made my first few bandsaw boxes.

Edit: Just went back and looked at some of your past projects (NICE!) I see you’re well aware of this technique ;)

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 02:53 AM

very unique, I like it:-)

-- 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 10-09-2009 02:54 AM

Nice bandsawn box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 10-09-2009 04:26 AM

Charles, I like that design you came up with. It’s cool with the texture you gave it. I really like working with the grinder with the boxes now. There’s no end to what you can do with a square block of wood. I just finished another box and need to take some pics. and get them posted. I really like how creative you are getting with your boxes. Great job and keep up the cool ideas.

-- John @

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#7 posted 10-09-2009 01:20 PM

Very pretty bsb. I like the shape.

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

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#8 posted 10-09-2009 02:57 PM

It’s hard to convey leaves and branches with a grinder – but I like the effect. You imply the tree without having to carve in 8 million leaves. It is a different finish from your ‘usual’ work – but it still makes me want to pick it up and get my hands on it.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#9 posted 10-09-2009 06:06 PM

Well done Charles

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#10 posted 10-10-2009 10:38 PM


Well done. I look forward to watching how this concept develops.

Tony Ward

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