Bear Box Intarsia

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Project by wdkits1 posted 1505 days ago 2744 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone
I was recently commissioned to do a keepsake box for a client in Jasper ,Ga for a 70th birthday gift. This was the subject photo to be used for the intarsia on the lid of the box

This is the pattern that I drew , adding a few new details and modifications.

And here are the pics of the completed intarsia. The box is made from Fishtail oak with a Wenge accent strip. and measures 7” x 9” x 3.5 ” There are a total of 70 pieces from 10 different woods used for the intarsia.

I still have to install the hinges and the linings and a couple more coats of satin poly but this was a fun project.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 1505 days ago

Beautiful work Mike The recipient will be thrilled.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1505 days ago

Wow that is awesome ! Well Done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 1505 days ago

great job.Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#4 posted 1505 days ago

That is a fantastic box!

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

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#5 posted 1505 days ago

I had never even heard of Intarsia until just a couple weeks ago. It is an amazing art form that requires a ton of patience, planning, time, and skill. This box is incredibly well done, just beautiful. I envy your talents.

-- 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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#6 posted 1505 days ago

Wow, really cool!! Great job on that!!

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

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#7 posted 1505 days ago

mike this of coarse caught my eye right off…me being the grizzman..this is a beautiful project…very well done…you have inspired me to do something similar…im sure your client will be or is very happy with his gift…great job…thanks…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 1505 days ago

Very nice work! Out of curiosity is the original picture from a Grizzly catalog?

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#9 posted 1505 days ago

The original picture is from a piece of cloth that my wife picked up at the fabric store about 10 years ago. Knew that it would come in handy one day LOL

-- Mike

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#10 posted 1505 days ago

Beautiful Work, Michael!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 1504 days ago

I’m just speechless!! WOW..

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

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#13 posted 1504 days ago

That’s a beautiful box. Nice work!

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#14 posted 1504 days ago

Beautiful. Something tells me this is not your first one…

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

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#15 posted 1504 days ago

Beartastic and full of grizgreatness wonderFURl seriously beautiful I love this even better than original portrait.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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