Sphere Boxes

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Project by rolltopbox posted 03-16-2010 03:42 PM 4194 views 39 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design was born out of the desire to add jewelry box functionality to a sphere of wood. This one is made from Hard Maple and is 11 inches in diameter.

Each drawer is part of its own layer with thinner layers of wood between the drawers. All grain is glued up in the same direction, The drawers are cut before the layers are glued up. They are actually in place as the sphere is formed.

The shape was not created on a wood lathe. Instead it is formed with a special jig utilizing a router for the roughing. Intermediate shaping is achieved with an abrasive disk. Final shaping is performed with a series of abrasives mounted on a random orbital sander.

The legs have remained very similiar to the design Kathy came up with many years ago.

There is a video showing just how I did this sphere.

-- Bruce

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 03:45 PM

I love it!

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

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 03:56 PM

That is a great idea. Very unique design.

-- Yesterday is history, Tommorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift, thats why its called the Present. ---Lil Wayne ---AngelSkull

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 03:57 PM

Wow. That is wild. I can’t imagine making that shape with just a router and a sander. Very well done.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 04:00 PM

Fantastic idea, I would love to see a blog on your creation. The finish and form are just very unique. Great job!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 04:08 PM

These are really cool. Great idea, great follow through.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 04:35 PM

Sweet. Those are so cool. Outside the box.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-16-2010 04:43 PM

Wow that is a great idea!

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#8 posted 03-16-2010 04:44 PM

That is amazing great Job and such a wonderful concept.

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#9 posted 03-16-2010 05:47 PM

gotta get a pic of that rig sometime rolltopbox!

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#10 posted 03-16-2010 06:02 PM

How cool is this! Not only are they spheres but adorable too. Wow!
Great idea and workmanship.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 03-16-2010 06:22 PM

Now those are sweet! They look like they would belong on Luke Skywalker’s dresser. (: Very, very cool!
And welcome to LJ’s

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 03-16-2010 06:29 PM

So Cool !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 03-16-2010 06:37 PM

I love it too..any surprise there..? LOL

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#14 posted 03-16-2010 06:49 PM

These are one of a kind. Great job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#15 posted 03-16-2010 07:58 PM

Beautiful and well done !

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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