Egyptian Box

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Project by tomd posted 08-18-2011 12:15 AM 3812 views 29 times favorited 42 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 08-18-2011 12:32 AM

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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#2 posted 08-18-2011 12:43 AM

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

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 12:48 AM

I’ve got one word…. Spectacular!

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

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 01:24 AM

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

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

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 01:31 AM

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

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 01:44 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 01:51 AM

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 08-18-2011 01:52 AM

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 08-18-2011 01:58 AM

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 fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 08-18-2011 02:11 AM

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 08-18-2011 02:47 AM

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 08-18-2011 02:50 AM

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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#13 posted 08-18-2011 03:15 AM

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

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

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#14 posted 08-18-2011 03:23 AM

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 08-18-2011 03:28 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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