Flounder Box

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Project by Vjer posted 02-19-2008 03:31 AM 2627 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was going to be my first commission project. It is a gentlemans box, but unfortunately the guy that wanted it ran into some personal problems and canceled after I had already started it. This wasn’t really a problem. The gal who won the auction for the Lure Display box and I became fishing buddies. Now this gal doesn’t fish until the flounder run starts with the first good cold snap and then she fishes about 4-5 days a week for the next 6-8 weeks. We call her a flounder snob. She saw this box and told me I was mean for showing her this box…just because of the flounder on it.
The box is made from quilted birdeye maple and the flounder is walnut. The reason I chose this particular maple is because to me it looks like the sun dappleing on the bottom of the bay sand, thru the water, while a flounder is laying on its bed in ambush of its prey. I have actually seen this while fishing. The birdseye’s of the maple represents small shell laying on the sandy bottom.

-- My mind is like brilliant flash and then it's gone.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 03:45 AM

As usual your boxes display a combination of both craftmanship and artistry. I really like the way you’ve done the edges of the box. Boxes, like these, should be put in a display case just as one would with any object of art.

I truly enjoy seeing these. It is amazing what you can do with wood.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 03:55 AM

Wow, I am in love with this box! There are so many cool things about it that I have never really seen done before. This is just so, so cool. It really does look like a fish in the bay. Especially with those free-form sculpted edges. That cupped tray is a great touch too.

It seems like it is a bandsawn box, but you lined it with wood also? Never seen that done before. A nice effect though. Well done and very creative.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 04:33 AM

Great box! Looks like the guy lost out.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 05:57 AM

A total work of art. I too love to flounder fish in the coastal waters of the Florida Panhandle. The resemblance of the waters bottom is amazing in the lid. Very well done!

-- Phillip -- Molino,Florida "I didn't cut it too short, I'm just making changes!"

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#5 posted 02-19-2008 07:52 AM

There is someting fishy about this box but I like it.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 02-19-2008 01:47 PM

Beautiful box. Beautiful wood.

-- Jiri

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#7 posted 02-19-2008 02:08 PM

The flounder snob can’t have the box because she’s not a gentleman?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 02-19-2008 05:08 PM

Sweet! Bigger pictures, please! What a fine box.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 05:19 PM

These pics were sent to me by Allicat…the gal who was the highest bidder on the Lure Box. I know that if i make anything that has to do with a flounder, she will take it. Allicat got the box for her husband. I can’t/don’t how to enlarge the pics without distorting them. I am glad y’all are enjoying this box. Thanks for all the kind remarks.

-- My mind is like brilliant flash and then it's gone.

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#10 posted 02-19-2008 08:11 PM

Great choice of woods that maple is beautiful and the walnut sets off perfect. Excellent job on the flounder too. And a great story to boot :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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