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Tree of Life Scroll Saw Box Tiger Maple and Black Walnut

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Project by David Craig posted 02-05-2011 06:27 PM 3340 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to do a little something different and took a stab at making a box with the scroll saw. I am still pretty inexperienced with the machine so this project was a good learning experience for me. The Tree of Life pattern is from a book by author Diana Thompson. Few modifications on my part of the design except the use of contrasting hardwoods instead of softwood. I have documented the little journey in my blog. I am heartened enough by the end product to try my hand on more designs in the future.

Thank you all for viewing,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.





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Ken Fitzpatrick

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 06:30 PM

Very nice David. I have always been intrigued by the Tree of Life items I have seen. Beautiful interpretation of the design.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 06:32 PM

it’s LOVELY and I enjoyed your blog as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 07:26 PM

That is great looking and you did a fine job on it. i love the wood contrast.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 07:31 PM

Thanks Ken. I find religious, mythological, and folklore pieces intriguing as well. I like the idea of a story being embodied in an object such as a box, hammer, chair, other common household item. To me, the people who added these decorations to practical items, desired to be conscious of their practices, beliefs, customs, etc. at all times. Such items were not only for the purpose of decoration, but to remind them that even their everyday tasks were something to be conscientious of and that every detail of their lives were an expression of their religious and cultural beliefs.

Ms Debbie – Thank you again for your kind comments. You continuously give us your soul and encouragement. That is never taken lightly.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 07:33 PM

Thank you for viewing Time. I do appreciate the encouragement.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 09:17 PM

I like this, David.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 12:43 AM

As I said on your blog, this is very nice piece of art. Well done David.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#8 posted 02-06-2011 02:01 AM

Very well done , David : )

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

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#9 posted 02-06-2011 02:03 AM

You should be heartened; the results are so nice that I’m going to go dust off my scroll saw and see what I can make. Love that design.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ossian

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#10 posted 02-06-2011 05:14 AM

David,
I’ve been finding it very hard to get on the computer these days, so I haven’t seen the blog yet. The box looks great and I am looking forward to seeing the process.

P.S.
I’m sorry if some of my comments seem a little late or out of order…... I have 479 emails to catch up on and most of them are LumberJocks.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#11 posted 02-06-2011 05:37 AM

I really like this box, you did a great job!

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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#12 posted 02-06-2011 03:20 PM

that’s a great “Tree-of-Life” project. BUT, it’s sitting next to a “Bowl-of-Death” ash-tray….. no,no,no… give them cancer sticks up. I did 30yrs ago

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 02-06-2011 05:51 PM

Freedom of choice?

I don’t smoke anymore but it should be up to the individual, surely.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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David Craig

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#14 posted 02-06-2011 06:57 PM

I am away from home currently but will return tonight and thank those that responded properly. I will not defend my habit here and would prefer my project posting to not turn into a debate over the use of a legal substance. Thank you Roger for reminding me that I need to be more conscientious of what lies in the background of my work photos. Until I create a setup for more proper presentations, I will make sure that objects that promote debates over health and morality are absent from my pictures.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 02-06-2011 07:45 PM

Point taken David, sorry.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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