Tree Box

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Project by HighRockWoodworking posted 1508 days ago 5630 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was playing around in the shop cutting some dovetails and ended up making this cool little box. It is oak and cherry. I made the tree by sketching onto an oak board and then cutting the shape out with my scroll saw. I used my dremel with a wood carving bit for the rest of the shaping.

Tree Box

Carved Tree

-- Chris Adkins,

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#1 posted 1508 days ago

That’s quite the box. I like the combination of the freehand carving and square edges. How does the wood carving bit work… is it rotary or somehow reciprocating? Are the dovetails hand-cut, or made with a router jig? Either way, they look nice.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 1508 days ago

The carving bit is a rotary bit, it has little carbide teeth all over and works great. I can’t remember the manufacture but I know Highland Woodworking carries them.

The dovetails are hand cut on this, however I do use a Liegh jig at time if I have a big project. These did turn out great but I did have to fill a few mishaps but you can’t see them unless you are looking. Over all it turned out pretty nice.

Sometimes it just nice to be in the shop with no outcome in mind just building as I go. I really had no design in mind I just wanted to make some saw dust!

-- Chris Adkins,

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#3 posted 1508 days ago

Wow! That really turned out nice. Makes we want to go try carving with my Dremel. Do the holes serve a purpose or are they purely for decoration?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#4 posted 1508 days ago

No they are just a spur of the moment design idea. With the base and top being cherry, I wanted to add a contrast to the sides as well. With the inside being lined with cherry, I decided to drill the 2” holes through the oak so that the cherry would show. So the holes only go through the oak…..nothing you put in will fall out….

-- Chris Adkins,

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#5 posted 1508 days ago

Very cool Chris
only who can make a tree? Great box.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1508 days ago

Very unique and cool carving. Finish?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 1508 days ago

Thanks Jim!

Rob I used a hand rubbed poly. I had to use a sponge brush around the tree and then wipe the excess away but pretty straight forward. I did use my card scraper on the box to give me the smoothest surface since it is such a small piece imperfections tend to show up much more.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#8 posted 1508 days ago

Cool box. I love the tree. It gave me the eerie feeling like I got watching “The Ring”.

Ring Tree

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#9 posted 1508 days ago

Good idea, that tree really came out good! Nice balance and symmetry and theme. Fun stuff…........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 1508 days ago

A great design idea and very cool result. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 1508 days ago

I really like this piece of art! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 1508 days ago

Love them Dremel projects!!!!


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#13 posted 1508 days ago

that’s a very nice piece you’ve got there…. well done

-- dokiselle

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#14 posted 1508 days ago

Thanks for the comments! It was a fun project to build.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#15 posted 1508 days ago

That turned out nice Chris. Very unique.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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