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Project by BertFlores58 posted 07-19-2010 at 01:54 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the 7 boxes that took me 4 working days to make… now it is on the way to the owner handcarried by US relatives of mine.

Made of Narra and inlayed with different woods. The bands were made earlier. This is quite huge …. 4×8 x 11 inches. The intention was to make a bigger box to contain beads, threads and other hobby things for Ellen.

Hope you like the simplicity and the color of NARRA wood both the red and dark yellow species.

-- Bert





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Kate

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 at 01:57 PM

looks good. I’m sure she’ll appreciate it.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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Bill Davis

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 at 02:26 PM

Narra is such a beautiful wood. Your box shows it well. We’re heading back to your country in a week. We’ll have to get together sometime Bert.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 at 04:16 PM

Nice box Bert. Ellen will really like it.. & boxes in 4 days. you must really have been working long hours. It is easy to worrk long when you are enjoying and having fun.

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

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shopmania

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 at 04:34 PM

Nice job on the inlay! Sharp!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 at 05:00 PM

Naturally beautiful wood and a nice accent with the check border, well done, Bert.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 at 05:10 PM

well done Bud … you do nice work

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

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rance

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 at 05:27 PM

Bert, nicely done. The inlay really sets it off.

I built 9 boxes a while back with solid lids like yours and had a time with the lids warping. Did you have any problems like that? Or how did you foresee that potential and head it off at the pass?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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BertFlores58

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 at 10:22 PM

Thanks to all appreciation you tendered. What really makes it beautiful is the natural color of Narra and the stability of it.

Rance,
Warping is not really a problem when you handle it carefully. Actually the cover is warped when I got it, just soaked it with water and dried them in the shade. After that I planed it and soaked it again. Never clamped it. Then sand where it warped. I think the key is slow drying and without force of any clamp, then plane it. By the way you have to sand both sides even the other side is even already. The heat from friction must be even all throughout to avoid uneven expansion. The original wood is 5/8 thick then finally it became 3/8 after planing with portable MAKITA plane.

-- Bert

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BertFlores58

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#9 posted 07-19-2010 at 10:50 PM

Hi Bill,
Prayers for you on your wayback home. Agnes and I are waiting for the chance we could see each other. A Months ago I was in Canlubang and passed by near your area. Hoping for the meeting. I can reserve some kamagong small items for you. If you have a chance, kindly bring with you pen making tools. I like to have and pay you back when we see each other. This is one way to recycle cut off and scraps. I don’t have a lathe yet but I have plans to buy a metal lathe.

Thanks and God Bless,

I remember these words in Psalms….. ‘A MAN OF WORDS AND NOT OF DEEDS IS LIKE A GARDEN FULL OF WEEDS’

-- Bert

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lilredweldingrod

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#10 posted 07-19-2010 at 10:55 PM

Wow, Bert,
You must have found a high gear you didn’t know you had. lol 7 boxes in 4 days! Man you kick butt. lol The Narra is a very beautiful wood. I’ve got to find a supplier over here. I really like the checkered trim. Keep ‘em coming Buddy. Our love to the family, Rand

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BertFlores58

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#11 posted 07-19-2010 at 11:18 PM

Good day Rand,
Good that you found Narra, you will love working with it.. there are so many suprise colors and grains. A little bit soft than Paduak. TIP.. hard to plane manually, much better to use a sander instead.

Thanks and same here, God bless!

-- Bert

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