delicate scrollwork box

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Project by TJ65 posted 1675 days ago 2284 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first box of this type and I had a little problem with the wood buckling after I had finished all the scrolling. I was very annoyed and tried to flatten and squash it back into being straight. It worked a little and before it decided to go back all wierd I screwed it up so it couldn’t. I would have loved to be able to use a proper joint but I didn’t think that it would hold it well enough. As you can see the lid is still a bit warped. Oh well you learn from your mistakes!!!!!!!

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 1675 days ago

The scrolling precision on this piece is just amazing! The girls on LJ who have the warping problem just iron theirs out. We men don’t know how to iron so we just have to live with it. Let me know if you need any more tips like this. LOL

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 1675 days ago

amazing; amazing; amazing.
how frustrating to do all that work and then have problems.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 1675 days ago

Fantastic work! The level of detail on this piece is simply amazing. If you DO figure out how to safely remove warping from a piece, please post as I am also in need of such info!

Thanks for sharing this inspiring piece of art!


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#4 posted 1674 days ago

Excellent scrollwork!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 1674 days ago

Hi Theresa

Very impressive looking piece. I better not show this to my wife. She wants me to buy a scroll saw so she can learn how to do this type of work. Gee! I would have to buy another piece of equipment. SMILE! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 1674 days ago

Wow! That’s a lot of scroll work. Great job, Theresa!

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

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#7 posted 1674 days ago

Beautiful Theresa. I dont think I have ever seen a box that is so intricate. Very nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 1674 days ago

Fantastic scroll work this box is terrific.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1674 days ago


Nice job on a tedious project. Did you stack cut the sides of the box? What wood did you use? When I have a situation where movement may be an issue I always use quarter sawn lumber.

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#10 posted 1674 days ago

Great scrolling! Gorgeous!

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#11 posted 1673 days ago

Beautiful box. I love the top. I don’t mind the brass screws. I think they add character. Does all the cutting release tension in the wood that makes it curl, or is it from resawing/ drying?
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#12 posted 1673 days ago

JM82435- No it was all the woods doing as I found out later this wood -Merati, has a tendancy to do these things. I ripped the wood in half to make it thinner & I think this didn’t help matters.

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 1656 days ago

Is it Merati or Meranti wood ? I’ve used Dark Red Meranti with beautiful ribbon striped grain in the past and it does have a mind of its own at times.There are 5 different types/colors of Meranti.I made some nice clocks with the thicker stock that I had. The scrollwork is remarkable !! Is it your own design ? Did it warp after you applied the finish to it and what type of finish did you use ? I’ve had some cutting boards warp in the past and have been able to salvage them by placing them in an oven to balance out the moisture and they laid flat again : )

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#14 posted 1656 days ago

very nice work. howcome u didn’t go for the dewalt saw instead of the excaliber? just wondering cuz of price diff.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 1656 days ago

Dusty- Yea, sorry mis spelt it, it is Meranti ! The pattern isn’t mine, it’s from The best of scroll saw, woodworking & crafts magazines- “Creating wooden boxes on the scrollsaw” It’s only a new book but some great box designs.
It warped because I left it just after I had finished cutting the fretwork on it. It could have been the extreme weather we were having or just the wood itself. I asked in the shop where I bought it and they said that this stuff had the tendancy to do these things.

Thought the Excalibur was a better saw, as I was sick and tired of just getting OK ones. So I thought that spending the extra $$$$ would hopefully mean that I wouldn’t have to go out and buy another in the near future!

-- Theresa,

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