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Project by Aj2 posted 06-07-2018 03:51 AM 841 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I probably should keep this one since ebony is very hard to get this nice.
had it for sale on EBay but got no takers. Listed as a valet I guess I’ll keep it.
It was very difficult to make.

-- Aj





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 06-07-2018 03:53 AM

I sure would keep it. That is some truly wonderful wood.

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Rich

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 04:05 AM

Beautiful piece. My experience with eBay and Etsy is that folks don’t appreciate exotic woods the way we do.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 06-07-2018 04:29 AM

Can’t tell the scale but that might be $50 of ME, only woodworkers appreciate that. I make a beautiful table from mahogany or walnut and people are like, that’s nice. I make one from 2×4 scraps and paint the legs and I get 20 requests on FB wanting a pair like it. They aren’t wrong, but customers see value differently. I have a piece of ME that I bought years ago for a couple dollars, it was part of a pallet, lol. Beautiful wood. I like the lip. Is that an added piece? The photo looks unreal, like a rendering. (not saying it is)

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 06-07-2018 12:52 PM

That is a beautiful piece and beautiful wood. Nice lines to it too. It’s difficult to tell from the pics. Is it dovetailed?

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Aj2

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#5 posted 06-07-2018 01:30 PM

You have a good eye Bill. It is dovetailed with miters on top. It measures 11×7x3 tall the boards were 1 1/8 thick I sculpted the sides to create the lip. It’s about 200$ in wood.
Thanks for the comments.

-- Aj

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Dan

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 03:29 PM

love the sculpting and the wood is bbeautiful.

-- Dan

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 06:19 PM

Nicely designed and built box!
I would suggest a blue background for your photos; white darkens the object of interest.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 06-08-2018 01:55 AM

By sculpting you are saying the rim is closer to full thickness, and you made the rest of it go away after creating that flare at the top?

Beautiful wood, but when exotics have Lamborghini prices those buyers aren’t at Flea Bay, or Etsy, sad but true.

You’ll appreciate it a lot more if you keep it in your possession, or give it to someone you love.

Thanks for posting

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 06-08-2018 02:03 AM



Nicely designed and built box!
I would suggest a blue background for your photos; white darkens the object of interest.

- oldnovice

Probably a good tip, but my mind is trying to see that piece on a blue background, if it were a dark blue I fear it would be invisible, now against a lighter “any color” you may be right.

People have been talking about this since people talked about things, most say it's which theory you tend to believe. I grew up with a lot of those pesky artist types, and I grew up thinking black was the absence of any color, and white was a combination, or a “blending” of all colors in the spectrum. So maybe never a white background???

-- Think safe, be safe

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Aj2

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#10 posted 06-08-2018 04:53 AM

Thanks for the tip for taking pictures. @ Steve yes the rim is very close to the full thickness of what I started with.
Next time I have a dark box to photograph I will try a lite blue back ground. I must of taken a hundred pics of this one.
Black is very difficult to capture a good image esp with limited setup. The pic was taken with a Nikon d 60. And my wife’s help.:)
Thanks Again

-- Aj

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Rich

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#11 posted 06-08-2018 05:18 AM

Congratulations on the Daily Top 3!

As far as the image goes, I strongly disagree with using a blue background, since that will cast a cold tint over the box. What you’re missing is dynamic range. The image is flat. It’s too complicated to get into here, but anytime you want to, I’ll show you what can be accomplished. I’d need the full-res image out of the camera which you could email to me. I’ve been doing digital photography since the late ‘90s.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Aj2

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#12 posted 06-08-2018 01:39 PM

Thanks for the insight Rich. And for the offer,next time I make something out of ebony I will take you up on the offer.
I’m already working on my next build and working on my tomato garden. :^)

-- Aj

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therealSteveN

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#13 posted 06-09-2018 07:35 AM

Rich what you say resonates with me, and I am in no way a photographer. I know 2 woodworking photographers, and have seen their work many a time against white, or just off white backgrounds. I am pretty sure it’s how you compose the shot, and the settings you use on the camera

Fr. John Abraham, from benchcrafted Father John has a mix, either just the rest of the room, whatever it may be. They are talking about woodworking benches, so to pose one, usually doesn’t happen. The smaller static shots though he doesn’t use much excepts whites.

People may have seen him around, if they ever went to a show, or gathering for woodworkers, especially those deranged hand tool users (LOL not really, some very fine people, they just don’t trust electric companies) In this shot Jameel Abraham is on the right, blue checkered shirt, Father John as usual is near him, going center is Ron Brese who makes some very fine hand planes, which I can’t afford, not sure who else. If you ever do run into Father John, ask him about a tip, or 3 for better pictures, and he could probably deliver, at least better than the other 2 LOL.

-- Think safe, be safe

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