Egyptian Box

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Project by tomd posted 1101 days ago 3042 views 28 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Crawford style box done in bubinga veneer with purpleheart and yellowheart banding and fans. This was my first time using bubinga, it was very hard wood, difficult to cut and chipped easily and hard enough that you did not feel you would sand through the veneer very easily. The hardness also made it easy to bring it up to a fine polish. The interior tray is a very white poplar with a turned knob, the box is lined with dark blue velvet, and on the lid of course is the egyptian.

-- Tom D

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#1 posted 1101 days ago

That’s a terrific box. I love waterfall bubinga – it’s just a super interesting wood.
But easily the best part of your box is the inside top. I think it’s RogerBean who always talks about making the inside of a box surprising or interesting.
The curly maple with the marquetry face in it is superb. Actually did an out loud “wow” for that one. It just really works well as your interior.
Great Stuff! Thanks for sharing!


-- Gary in OP

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 1101 days ago

Wonderful, Just Wonderful workmanship.
Keep it up and thank you for showing.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 1101 days ago

I’ve got one word…. Spectacular!

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

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#4 posted 1101 days ago

Wonderful work Tom. Every aspect of the box speaks of a considered and skillful execution.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 1101 days ago

Very impressive and nice box Tom. It seems you are having fun…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 1101 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#7 posted 1101 days ago

The box is stunning. The profiled face on the interior is surprising and interesting. Thanks for showing it.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 1101 days ago

Beautuful! I love the look of waterfall bubinga. You’ve done it justice!

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#9 posted 1101 days ago

Wonderful work Tom. I can’t even list all the things I like about it but the marquetry and bandings are probably at the top.
I just really like the whole balanced piece.

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

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#10 posted 1101 days ago

Tom that is an absolute beauty !!! Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 1101 days ago

Nice work. The underside of the lid is striking. It all comes together quite nicely.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 1101 days ago

Hi Tom, WOW, That is Gorgeous! Very appealing and a real eye catcher, The details and workmanship are superb. Your Artistic Flair always adds just the right touch of style and intrigue to Your Boxes, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Tim Kindrick

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#13 posted 1101 days ago

WOW…. Another unbelievable masterpiece!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#14 posted 1101 days ago

Holy Cow!!! That is unbelievable. I think I’m going to burn all my boxes in shame. Thanks for posting this incredible piece.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 1101 days ago


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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