Sphere Boxes

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Project by rolltopbox posted 1496 days ago 3665 views 37 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 1496 days ago

I love it!

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

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#2 posted 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

Sweet. Those are so cool. Outside the box.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 1496 days ago

Wow that is a great idea!

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#8 posted 1496 days ago

That is amazing great Job and such a wonderful concept.

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#9 posted 1496 days ago

gotta get a pic of that rig sometime rolltopbox!

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

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#10 posted 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

So Cool !!

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

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#13 posted 1495 days ago

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

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#14 posted 1495 days ago

These are one of a kind. Great job.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#15 posted 1495 days ago

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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