Bloodwood Box

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Project by christopherw posted 1510 days ago 1724 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was a retirement gift for a teacher that taught me when I was in high school and that I have taught with for the last 10 years. It is made primarily of bloodwood. The lid is spalted maple, purpleheart, birdseye maple and bloodwood. It was the first time many of my coworkers found out that I do a little woodworking. While it is not the quality of many projects here on LJ, quite a few of them wanted a box of their own. I told them that as slow as I work in the shop, they may be retiring before I get to it.

-- CSW

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#1 posted 1510 days ago

I think it is really gorgeous – you have no need to be so modest!!

The contrast between the maple and the bloodwood is brilliant. Unusual and it works extremely well. The top piece is just fantastic.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 1510 days ago

Very nice ! I know your boc will be appreciated.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#3 posted 1510 days ago

Very nice and excellent craftsmanship. I thought at first it was a parquetry style or inlayed. Combining the wood on your cover is excellent enought to compare with other box maker. MOST OF THE BOXES are from SOLID WOOD and some with BASEBOARD. But yours are pieces of wood that glued together similar to cutting boards….. Your teacher must be very happy about you.. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 1510 days ago

A very nice box. I agree with Lis, don’t be so modest, your work speaks for itself.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 1510 days ago

Great box wonderful job.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1510 days ago

Your work indeed speaks volumes.,.There are a lot of box makers here and you can be certain that you are among the best..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 1510 days ago

Great looking box..

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

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#8 posted 1510 days ago

Well Done, my Friend!!

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

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#9 posted 1510 days ago

You did a great job and am sure that it will be treasured forever. All of your friends should be so lucky to be able to call you their freind. Keep up the good work and enjoy!

-- Steve, Sarasota, FL

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#10 posted 1510 days ago

A beautiful box, one that will be treasured always.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 1510 days ago

I am sure they will greatly appreciate it

-- Norman

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#12 posted 1510 days ago

Excellent work… I wish the photos were larger so I could enjoy it more.

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

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#13 posted 1509 days ago

I think the box is perfect! You just need to work on the focus of your camera though!

-- Create something everyday.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#14 posted 1509 days ago

Very nice box! I particularly like the top – the way you used a variety of complementary woods to create ever decreasing rectangles. Great job – keep up the good work.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#15 posted 1509 days ago

Thanks for all of the great comments…it makes a person feel good. To woodensoldier…I live with the horror of dial-up internet…I get more gray hairs every day trying to deal with it. The focus on my camera is fine…however, I tried to shrink the pictures so that they wouldn’t take 15 minutes to upload. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don’t…obviously I’m not perfect. I wouldn’t wish dial-up internet on my worst enemy. Thanks again.

-- CSW

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