BubbaBinga Box

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Project by longgone posted 08-03-2010 04:33 AM 2295 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest box project. I bought a quite large piece of BubbaBinga last week for a dining table and while at the lumberyard I picked up a smaller piece for making a box. Thi wood really takes a beautiful finish. In the picture I have only one coat of boiled linseed oil. I find it difficult to get decent photos of the dark woods…too many dark shadows. One of these days i will get a better camera.

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 04:44 AM

Very nice greg

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 04:51 AM

Nice box Greg

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 06:29 AM

Keep it up Greg!

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 06:37 AM

Quite a nice box, very unique. That’s too nice a wood for me, I would be afraid to cut it.

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 06:48 AM

well done , greg

simple ,
but very elegant !

i like the clasp
with the magnets .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 08:19 AM

LOve it Greg! Is it your goal to make a box out of every type of exotic wood?


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#7 posted 08-03-2010 11:23 AM

Very nice job.Please tel me how you make those waves?Is it hand carved or…?

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 12:05 PM

Really beautiful. Can you tell me what kind of hinge you used for this?

Thank you.

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#9 posted 08-03-2010 01:38 PM

Great box. You are the box man..

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

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#10 posted 08-03-2010 01:47 PM

As usual, the box is masterful and beautiful.
You don’t need a better camera. You should experiment with lighting techniques. The way to get better color and detail is to try different ways to illuminate the subject.
Specially deployed reflectors, bright, stippled, satin or colored can draw attention to specific detail like grain and color of darker woods.
Tenting can help with overall character.
Spotlights can give great specular reflections where you want them.
Expensive studio equipment isn’t needed. Shop built things will do just as well and can be designed with your specific needs in mind.
Even a hand made pinhole camera can make good pictures in the right lighting.
Keep up the good work.
I admire your imagination and attention to detail.
Thanks for sharing your “BubbaBinga” box!


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#11 posted 08-03-2010 03:03 PM

Good looking box you have made. I like the flow and color!

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

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#12 posted 08-03-2010 03:06 PM

Wow! That is just BEAUTIFUL.
Very nice work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 04:13 PM

Thank you everyone…I really appreciate your input.
Jordan, I do plan to use as many different wood types as possible. It is easy to do since a box only requires 3-4 board ft.

Ivan, I cut the waves with a 4 inch angle grinder, then sand out the grinder marks as much as possible with a random orbit sander…and then the rest is hand sanding and hand sanding and hand sanding…...At one time I did not like to sand and thought of it as a dreaded task to get done. When a person makes flat surfaced projects…sanding can easily be accomplished with power sanders…I know because I have many.
When I started making sculpted boxes the realization came that unless I do alot of sand sanding the finished product would look like a cross grain swirl monster. My belief is that anything I do should be completed with absolute focus and concentration of each and every detail…and when grinding to shape the boxes sanding becomes a very very important step of the process. I somehow was drawn to a point where I actually get involved in the hand sanding and find that I can spend hours sanding and lose track of time in the quietness of the process.

Kathy, For this particular box I used a simple pin hinge made from 1/8” brass. I drilled the 1/8” hole in the side about 2” deep…cut a 2” pin and then tapped it in. It is fairly basic, simple and used by alot of people.

Don, I appreciate the photo suggestions. I have to improve the photos. My friends all say the boxes look much better in person.

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#14 posted 08-03-2010 05:42 PM

Remember this about photos on the web.
They will NEVER look as good as the original and the color balance on every monitor is somewhat different from every other one.
Do as well as you can, but it’s futile to try getting a perfect image.
Best regards,

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#15 posted 08-04-2010 03:21 AM

This box shows a lot of attention to detail… always impressed when their is a displayed project that I can’t do. How much wood carving did you do. How did you finish it? good job Sid Sutherland in Brush Prairie WA.

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