Box #6 - Uffington Horse

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Project by Wiley posted 02-14-2010 03:52 AM 1784 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother is in farrier school learning to shoe horses, and I wanted to make him a box showing the Uffington White Horse as a motif. I printed out an image of the horse, traced it onto contact paper, and cut out a contact paper stencil. More precisely, I cut out three contact paper stencils. I stained the whole box with a “fruitwood” stain from Cabot, and my plan was to stencil the horse onto the two long sides with walnut stain, and then use a reverse stencil on the lid so that I could stain the entire lid walnut and leave the horse there in fruitwood. Unfortunately, it turns out that contact paper does not stick well enough to stained wood. The horse on the lid was barely visible, and the horse on the back was badly deformed, so I ended up simply staining over both of them. But I did get one clear print on the front, and that’s good enough to make it seem like that was the plan all along ^_^

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 03:54 AM

Cool box well done.

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 03:54 AM

great box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 04:18 AM

Very nice. You’re a thoughtful brother.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 04:35 AM

nice work, welcome to LJ!!

-- 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 02-14-2010 04:43 AM

Love the box. Nice joints and very smooth edges.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 06:22 AM

Nice job adapting as you go! I also got to learn about the Uffington Horse – thanks for the link

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 07:06 AM

nice box well done I like the stencil idea a little fine tuning and it could be useful
have you tried burning yet it could look good as well

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 03:15 PM

I love stuff like this. I also would have been tempted to get a woodburning kit to reinforce the design.

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 03:16 PM

If ever, can I “borrow” your idea?

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#10 posted 02-14-2010 04:02 PM

@mtkate go right ahead, I borrowed it from some Bronze Age celts after all ^_^

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#11 posted 02-14-2010 09:51 PM

Looks like a cave painting done by a caveman. Very cool.

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

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 12:39 AM

You can just chalk that up to research and development

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#13 posted 02-15-2010 09:59 PM

nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 02-27-2010 06:16 AM

Great box. Nice plan.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#15 posted 01-20-2017 03:24 PM

This is a beautiful box and so nicely done. This will become a fine family heirloom no doubt.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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