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Project by topcat posted 10-05-2011 03:11 AM 1401 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after I showed my first box to some friends, I received my first order. This box was a gift and is made of poplar with a mahogany bottom. The wings of the butterfly are pussy willow and I can’t figure out the wood out of which the butterfly’s body is made. It came from a log I found. When I found it, the log ends were grayed and the bark was still on. When I crosscut the log, the most amazing growth rings appeared. Anyways, it was a rush job. I flooded the surface with some Tung oil for a nice quick, two coat finish. Strangely, the oil soaked right through the 1/2” mahogany bottom. I guess it absorbed really well. Any criticism is welcome, because I am new to this.

-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 03:51 AM

Nice job on the inlay. What method did you use to cut the recess?

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

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topcat

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 04:01 AM

Router. The perimeter is scored with a hobby razor knife and the bulk of the interior is routed out. Then I sneak up on the lines with hand tools (unless they’re watching, in which case I add a little extra glue and sand away :)

-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better

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sgtq

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 04:30 AM

great inlay and way to make some poplar look good :) I am just throwing out my uneducated guess but I think the butterfly body may be walnut. Just from the pictures thats what it looks like to me anyway.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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doordude

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 08:19 AM

topcat nice box and inlay. it looks like it was fun to make. now do it 50 more times and you’ll be a master

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 10:43 AM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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topcat

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#6 posted 10-06-2011 04:05 PM

Some of the best times I have are spent alone in my garage with my wood . . . uh, no wait . . . .

-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better

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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 08:34 PM

Well done, Tom. I like the inlay.

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

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topcat

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 09:57 PM

<blush>

-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 10-08-2011 02:59 AM

Very COOL box & inlay!

Welcome Aboard!

What does the inside look like… Hinges?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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topcat

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#10 posted 10-08-2011 05:21 AM

Just uploaded the inside pic. I need to practice my felting. :)

-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 10-08-2011 05:36 AM

Very good! Thank you!

Yep, getting that felt installed can be a pain…
I use my wife’s sewing cutting mat & rotary cutter to cut the pieces… they always look nice & straight & clean.
I put the ends in first just enough to perfectly cover it with a small overlap on sides & bottom.
Then, the next piece will go from the Front lip, down the side, across the bottom, and up the back lip… with the ends trimmed to really fit. It always seems to workout pretty good that way.

Also, I don’t try to get glue ALL OVER THE PIECES… Only at the Top edges…

I think yours looks OK… except for the straight Top edge cut… But, not bad…

What is the small red section for? Pencils, dice, etc. ???

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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topcat

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#12 posted 10-08-2011 01:21 PM

Aww heck, I didn’t think of using a rotary cutter. My wife has one she uses for paper crafts. The first box I did I used your method, but I was working with leather. I figured it would be too tough to cut in place, so I pre-cut the pieces. Turned out much better than this one. I figured I could be slick and make the whole thing out one piece if I glued and cut it in place. Guess I outhunk myself. Who knew felt could be so difficult to cut without something backing it . . . oh well, live and learn.

The box is for a deck of Tarot cards and the little compartment is for a pendulum.

Thanks for the tip. As a beginner, any help is welcome.

-- Tom - As you get older, you learn to hide your mistakes better

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 10-29-2015 04:41 PM

This really turned out nicely. You’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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