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Project by wyeth posted 12-11-2009 03:56 AM 1973 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest finished box in the series based on the Wood Whisperers project. It was very well received by my partner. The carving is still not up to scratch – each wood has its own character but all demand better steel and sharpness and most of all skill than I have to offer so far. This is very hard old recycled wood hence the defects and repairs but it all adds some character that goes with my rough workmanship for now and that I hope will help make these gifts to family something to cherish. The small triangular bits are Solomon Island ebony by the way – picked up at the recent Hands On Wood Show in Brisbane.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 04:16 AM

well done , david .
you will be surrounded by happy women !
( not a bad thing ) .

i like the ’ rustic ness ’ of the wood ,

it does give character .

-- 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 12-11-2009 11:48 AM

Solomon Island Ebony.. aka… Pacific Blackwood aka Queen Ebony… nice hard timber…
Over all a well balance and well executed endeavour for all.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 04:08 PM

Very nice,David. Did you do that on aTorque Work Center?


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 10:19 PM

Yes Jim,
I did the routing of the larger circular space by using the copy pin following a circular pattern that I made for all these boxes. It would have been easier to do it with a straight pattern copying router bit and a pattern but I wanted to try the Work Center . I also used it to route the sliding dovetails on the boxes and the lids. It works but takes a bit of time and effort to fix the wood exactly parallel to the movement of the router – everything has to be as exact as possible as the margin for error is very small.

-- David Australia

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 01:54 PM

I like this one the best of all the ones you have made to date David. The lettering has a nice flow and the bird design adds a lot too. Very Nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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