Hubbys special box

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Project by TJ65 posted 07-27-2010 08:25 AM 2179 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was one of those projects that seemed to take forever, always hanging around waiting to be finished – _Just right.

After inlaying the pieces in the lid it was left for quite a while until I had this idea of inlaying some wire. I had initially thought of a gum leaf pattern to incorporate the bush etc. but everything I tried never looked quite right.
The wire was a real pain as it is round and really small (I found out since that you use a flat ribbon type of wire), but managed to complete it, not real good but ok. I always had intended it to have the tray but when nearing completionan I had this inspiration. I think it adds just a little something.
I made it for my husband and intentionally didn’t lined it with anything fancy as he just prefered the wood, so I left it natural. I have coated the main box with wax, as it is a very oily type wood, of which I have no idea what it is. The lid however is coated with a poly wipe as it is of a different wood and I wanted to coat/glue the wire inlay a bit so it would hold it in place a little more.

It has a special meaning to us, as I found this small (very small compared to many) Eucalyptus burl out in the bush when we stopped for lunch one day while out on the dirt bikes. I thought it looked unusual and took it home to then slice it up. Well after my accident and hearing of another less fortunate friend who had a very similar accident but she managed to break her neck. I/ we thought it best that we leave the dirt bikes alone and use our two feet instead. So it will always hold good fun memories of us riding in the bush.

-- Theresa,

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 09:08 AM

Great box Theresa. nice use of a burl as inlay (never thought of that) and the wire worked for you. Agree with hubby, the inside wood look to good to cover. Glad you recovered from the dirt bike accident but I bet it was great fun, sorry to hear about your friend.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 12:07 PM

I love the box, Theresa. It really looks beautiful with the burl inlays. It will be a wonderful keepsake and it is wonderful to read the story behind its sentimental value to you. It is a great way to be reminded of your cherished memories. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 02:10 PM

I really like the inlay !!!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 03:59 PM

Congratulations on a very nicely designed box! The wood choices are very complimentary and has a very masculine appeal. The burl inlays almost look like fish to me, a few do anyway. The tray inside the box adds a lot of functionality as well. Again I offer, congratulations on an overall excellent design and build. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 05:05 PM

Very different, it is growing on me, reminds me a little of yowee nuts from Australia.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 12:53 AM

Nice box, bummer about the wreck..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 07-28-2010 02:59 AM

Interesting, and unique! I love the creativity of this project.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 03:22 AM

Beautiful work. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-28-2010 12:12 PM

A beautiful box Theresa with an original idea on the burl inlays and the nicely done box joints.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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