Lacewood Potpourri Box

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Project by Don posted 12-31-2009 08:42 AM 2048 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lacewood with hard maple splines. Finished with Shellac and paste wax.
Made this as a gift for my wife last summer.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 09:51 AM

Great idea. Welcome to LJ, to boot!!

-- 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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#2 posted 12-31-2009 01:36 PM

Very nice, I love the woven top!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 02:34 PM

a butyful little box
welcome to L J

Dennis from Denmark

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 03:35 PM

Great design on your box and the detail with the hard maple spline is a really nice touch. Your design talents are coming out, so keep up the good work and welcome to LJ’s. Hope to see more of your work.

-- John @

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 04:19 PM

Very nice… your design has smooth flowing lines and blends very well together. What is the woven top made from?

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 07:47 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone.

John, I have to confess that the maple splines were actually a screw up. I intended for them to be deep enough that the curve wouldn’t cut into them and have them covered by the top. When the curve did hit them I first let out a string of 4 letter words but then decided I liked the way they looked and made the top smaller so they would remain exposed.

Don, the woven top is just thin strips of lacewood.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 08:56 PM

this is gorgeous! The splines in the miters almost look like dovetails from the shaping.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 09:19 PM

Very nice! Both the design and execution are excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 12-31-2009 09:50 PM

Wow. That is just stunning. I can imagine you working those splines, but they really ended up as focal point of the box. The finish and wood selection are top notch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 12-31-2009 10:31 PM

A wonderful and charming design beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-01-2010 06:40 AM

Fantastic box. Love the splines. Another “Mid Proccess Design Change” success!

Keep it up.


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

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 09:43 AM

Very nicely done! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 01-02-2010 12:14 AM

Nice one Don.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 01-04-2010 10:09 PM

Very nice. It is an elegant display of the lacewood. What method did you use to do the shaping?

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#15 posted 01-05-2010 06:25 AM

Thanks everyone.

Paul, I used a table edge bit to do all the shaping. The sides were a little more than twice the length of the bit so it left a flat spot in the middle which I had to blend by sanding.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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