Spalted Lizard Box

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Project by jm82435 posted 1574 days ago 1678 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a few of these for a fund raising auction; saved this one for my office. The lizard has been in my office since my son gave it to me when he was about four years old. It just looked like it belonged there, kind of camouflaged in with the spalted wood. He sat there for a while but the cleaning people would always brush him off. For a win-win, I super glued him to the lid for a handle…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#1 posted 1574 days ago

nice box! how’d you finish off the interior of it?

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#2 posted 1574 days ago

It is felt lined. And full of needful things, like drill bits, magnets, screws, wall anchors and other stuff I don’t want on my desk… that picture didn’t turn out that well, he is better camouflaged in real life…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 1574 days ago

What a smashing box. I love spalted wood but I’ve not seen such a large contrast as this before.
What wood is it? Has it been bleached?
The following grain around the sides is good. Oh and a dop on lid. My favourite technique.

Well guarded I see. Very evocative pic.


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#4 posted 1574 days ago

cool looken box

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#5 posted 1574 days ago

I think it is birch. The photo is distorted, it isn’t really that light. Yes it is a drop on lid. I glued it all up including the lid to the box. Routed and sanded everything flush, cut 6 facets on the lid as long as my tablesaw blade would reach, then cut the lid off. This gave the lid a little ledge around the edges to center and hold it on the box…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 1573 days ago

Love the look of the box. Great idea to super glue the lizard for a handle. I like it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 1573 days ago

That’s a nice box, I love it.

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#8 posted 1573 days ago

Nice looking box. The lizard is cool, if my daughter saw that in my office she would scream!! I might have to do something like that. LOL

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 1573 days ago

I love the lizard, he does look as tho he should be there.
Oh, I like the box too!! : )

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#10 posted 1571 days ago

really cool lizard :)

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#11 posted 1560 days ago

The box looks like it’s made from spalted maple. I have made a few projects with spalted maple it looks just like this picture shows. I did some pyrography on it.. and it made a lovely sandy beach with birds walking across it.

That’s my 2 cents…


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#12 posted 1560 days ago

cool box

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#13 posted 1226 days ago

Wonderful planes there in the background!
Nice box of beautiful wood and with a sweet story.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 627 days ago

Great looking box with the spalted maple and the lizard can hid in the grain! I knew Mads would see those planes!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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