Crab Butter

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Project by blockhead posted 12-22-2010 02:18 AM 2755 views 5 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever had high hopes for a project, took your time to do it right and give it that little extra, only to have it come out a few sandwiches short of a picnic? Well, this is my entry. I decided I would try out a larger pattern with the plugs I’ve been experimenting with and this is the result. Originally intended to be a loose interpretation of a butterfly, came out looking more like a crab, hence the name. I had intended on this being a Christmas gift for my daughter. I’m not sure if I will give it to her now or not. If I do, maybe I will stick an IOU in it for another box after the new year. Who knows, maybe it won’t scare her to death, lol.

The woods used are Tennesse Cedar, Oak, Wenge, Purpleheart, Jatoba, Quilted Maple, Lacewood and Black Walnut. The bottom and tray are lined with purple faux suede. Thanks for taking the time to look and as always, any comments are welcome.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 02:20 AM

Beautful looking box, wonderful craftmanship.

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 02:22 AM

Very cool Brad you’ve sure figured out how to make great boxes this ones a real work of art.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 02:28 AM

I just love the box and the handle… not sure about the PRAYING MANTIS??
Really love the way you make boxes….!!!!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 02:53 AM

You judge your work too harshly. Your daughter will love it and I think it looks very nice. Beauty is in the eeeeyes of the boxholder.

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 02:54 AM

Hey Brad, I think it looks great. I would be proud to give it, or get it.
Go for it.
I think the bling looks like fireworks. That is the first thing I thought when I saw it.

Chill dude, it’s fine.
Skip the IOU note. She already knows. I have a daughter too. Believe me, they know.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-22-2010 02:59 AM

I saw fireworks as well – SPalm beat me to it! I think it looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 12-22-2010 03:03 AM

Well BH , if she doesn’t like it , send it to me : )
It is quite an interesting design , and if you hadn’t planted the “crab” seed in my mind , I think it would have just been a really great piece of wood art and a beautiful box to display it on : )

Have you blogged your process for making these designs ?
Merry Christmas to you and your family : )

Is the Tennesee Cedar also known as Aromatic Cedar or does that come from elsewhere ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 12-22-2010 03:30 AM

nice piece. I can see the butterfly

-- Chris, Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 12-22-2010 03:39 AM

Brad, sometimes you want to go to Europe, but you end up in New Zealand. Guess what? New Zealand is every bit as beautiful. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 03:42 AM

Cool looking project, very ornate! Hope she appreciates it! Merry Christmas!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 12-22-2010 03:50 AM

Nice looking box.

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#12 posted 12-22-2010 03:59 AM

You are being too hard on yourself Brad. Just let her interpret the design and it will mean more to her. You went to a lot of work and it shows, those overlaid plugs are very nice and that takes a fair bit of planning and time. I like how you did your corners and how the shaping effects them. The handle is a great free form style. Overall I give this two thumbs up, thats all the thumbs I have.

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

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#13 posted 12-22-2010 04:03 AM

WOW!! Beautiful Box!!! Super Craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 12-22-2010 04:14 AM

i just want to know how you drilled all the plugs.
is there some crazy jig or just freehanding it on the drill press or what?

-- Ben L

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#15 posted 12-22-2010 04:36 AM

This is one of those things that you know didn’t turn out the way you planned, but that doesn’t mean it’s a mistake. I’m the first to point out every minute flaw in things I make but sometimes you have to keep those inside and let the receiver of the gift enjoy everything they love about it.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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