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Project by Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor posted 1032 days ago 1765 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not a fan of lift-top boxes…but I had a request from my wife to make a lift top box…so here it is. Photos are kinda dark because I am experimenting with different backgrounds and this is the first.
I am just starting to make the lift out trays and will have photos of them when complete…along with some different background colors.
The wood is Padauk and is definitely orange when cut and worked. I felt like i was carving pumpkins because of the color. I know it will darken a bit when exposed to light and air because the boards were a much deeper red before I started butchering them. Anyway, I gave them a coat of boiled lindseed oil to help and then a few coats of lacquer.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#1 posted 1032 days ago

Greg, this is certainly a great looking box. I have really come to enjoy the sculptured look and, in my opinion, this is one of your better ones. I am sure you wife enjoyed getting it. You chose a nice wood for the box and the finish looks good.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1032 days ago

hi great box love the carving nice deep color


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#3 posted 1032 days ago

wow, you wont loose that one in the dark…lol…....its a beauty..i love padauk…im currently out of it and will need to get some more sometime soon…i love using it for inlay work…but you did a smashing job of it here greg…get it..smashing…smashing pumpkins…..great design…and i like the dark background on this one…its a good match…keep at it buddy…hows the heat over there…prob the same as here in bama…might be worse..i spent time in Louisiana back in 77 and 78…got real acquainted with mud bugs…and had a shirt that said i was a coon ass…..i felt like i fit in…lol…take care…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 1032 days ago

Whoah, beautiful. I still need to get a handle on how to carve like that :)

Padauk CAN turn into a rather bland reddish-brown in full sunlight. It might help if you put a UV-protective coating over it?

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#5 posted 1032 days ago

a real lesson in what sculpting a box can do….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 1032 days ago

extremely cool..I get a feeling of motion! It’s alive!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 1032 days ago


Nice box but I find the carved ridges a little too sharp. Is it a single piece of wood? Also, the handle looks too regular in contrast to the otherwise very-organic box.

One critique I’ve got about the black backdrop is the object appears to float. I now use a paper backdrop that is Photo Gray in colour and am happy with it.

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#8 posted 1032 days ago

sorry, but I do not agree with your friend Greg. I find the flow of the ridges very organic. It reminds me of all the crazy natural sandstone formation in Moab UT. The Padauk was a nice choice for wood. Your right about it darkening with exposure to light and air. Its a very nice box.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#9 posted 1031 days ago

Another nice one … are the feet ( or legs ) a little longer on this one , I like them. Can’t wait to see the interior when your done. Keep them coming .

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#10 posted 1031 days ago

wow that is a great looking box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 1031 days ago

How can you POSSIBLY use the word ’...butcher…’ in any reference of this piece?!
I’ll bet it feels incredible in your hands.
Definately ‘Eye Candy’.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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#12 posted 1031 days ago

thats just super. very nice

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#13 posted 1031 days ago

Wouldn’t this make a great bed or table? Bet you made some sawdust with this! LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 1031 days ago

Beautiful Box!

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#15 posted 1031 days ago

“Bloody” lovely.
Nice piece Greg

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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