Monterillo Sculpture Stands

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 2446 days ago 3649 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 12×12x12 Boxes made of 4/4 monterillo. They are completely mitered to give it a very contemporary look. I continued the grain across three sides for appearance. The sides all consist of 3 pieces that are laminated together. They weigh a ton bun they look good and are very sturdy. I love the grain in this wood and the way it cuts, sands, and finished makes it one of my favorite (though more expensive) woods to work with. The finish is just a clear satin polyurethane. It’s amazing, though how something this simple looking can prove to be so challenging in the shop. Getting the miters to match up and glue up perfectly and squarely is sometimes very difficult. This took all of the bar clamps I own to complete.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 2446 days ago

really cool project and a great place to show off your woodworking skills.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 2446 days ago

Yeah, I can appreciate the challenge of making these. Nice job!

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

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#3 posted 2446 days ago

Very nice boxes! You are certainly right about how these kinds of projects look easier than they are, but you did a super job on these.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 2446 days ago

Sometimes the most simple looking things can be the hardest to make. Nice job…and I like the sculpture also.

-- Rick Hackett

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#5 posted 2446 days ago

That is some great construction on the box. Truly beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 1998 days ago

great work on making that left side (in 1st pic) match the front and top.

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