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Project by cwdance1 posted 1385 days ago 1502 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the top is spalted oak, as you can see it has a dragon ingraved on it. Finally broke down and bought some ingraving bits for my home made CNC router. What a difference that is making. I should have put the dragon on the inside but I didn’t think of it until it was to late. The box is oak also and the splines are red cedar.

The last boxes I put on here got over 200 lookers but only a few comments. Please if you have a comment go ahead and let me have it, good or bad.

Hope you enjoy.

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#1 posted 1385 days ago

I’ll comment that this is sure a beautiful box.
That engraving is really cool and you choice of material is nice.
Thank you for sharing it.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 1385 days ago

cwdance1 nice box keep them coming. Dragons are very mystical.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#3 posted 1385 days ago

Dragon is nice, but I agree with you. you should have left the top untouch and put the dragon inside because the spalt on that board is incredible.. Still a nice box though.

-- blackivory69

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#4 posted 1385 days ago

The spalt reminds me of the yaki sugi treatment sometimes used on Japanese cedar. Yeah, dragon may be better in its lair, but cool, cool, cool project.

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#5 posted 1385 days ago

The spalted oak board was on the bottom of the wood pile outside the work shed. Glad I saved it from the burn pile.

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#6 posted 1385 days ago

Wow…really unique. And just beautiful. Way to salvage the firewood!

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#7 posted 1385 days ago

Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 1385 days ago

Handsome Box, CW!!
It sounds blasphemous, but could you have painted the Dragon and then sanded the paint off? The etched lines of the Dragon would still be there and would really stand out (provided they’re cut deep enough!)...
Just a thought, I think it looks Great, my Friend!! Andy would be Proud!!

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

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robert triplett

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#9 posted 1384 days ago

I have a hard time seeing the dragon. The black lines fade into the black of the spalting. The box is nice and you have, again, done a great job on the way the top fits into the box. Would a different finish have muted the black spalting to allow the dragon to stand out?
Thanks for posting all of your boxes. I look forward to more.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#10 posted 1384 days ago

Great Looking box. I love the wood ,the wood pile is where I get most of my wood. It’s a little hard to see the dragon in the pictures , but that makes it cool something to be discovered after your first look.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#11 posted 1384 days ago

I think it’s a stunning box. The grain is incredible. I agree with you that the engraving would have been better on the inside of the lid. Nice job!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#12 posted 1384 days ago

Great looking Art Box. I’m have 3 on the bench now waiting for creative block to free. The carving is cool too, nice touch and it allows you to add some “organic” decorations to your pieces. Agreed it should be on the inside or not at all due to the spalting. I understand that we can get carried away. Remember Andy’s turorial – Simple is usally better. Amazing how difficult that is in practice.

Keep up the good work

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#13 posted 1383 days ago

Very nice, that wood is stunning. Keep on making boxes, you have the knack!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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