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Project by TJ65 posted 10-17-2011 05:37 AM 1662 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As promise another box (told you i was bitten by the box making bug!)
This one is made from Red gum that was destined to go in the fire. MUm though that i might be able to do something with it and rescued it from her brothers (my uncle).
I certainly did do something with it and I think it turned out pretty good even tho there was no planning what so ever. i was just following where it was taking me.
This was my first effort after a long break from making boxes and so there was a couple of errors made. Mostly in making the finger joints. (so dont scrutinize to closely the next one turned out nearly perfect!) It was a pretty interesting process because instead of making the base I chose to cut the lid pattern out. I was so anxious to do so and see just how well this fine grained wood would cut on the scrollsaw. I loved it!!
So Then I had to make the base, as I said I made a few mistakes but they are not too bad but far from perfect. It didn’t look finished without feet so they were played with (different size/shapes) to see what was suitable. I chose the rectangle to match the rest of the box as well as using the same for the inside of the box.
Once the making of it was complete it was coated a couple of times with a gloss poly wipe all done individually before gluing up (not the base/box itself). then once they were dried I glued the feet , top insides,then scrollwork. I then decide that it really needed to have a little gold somewhere to incorporate the knb and separate the top from the bottom so I painted the edge of the lid. Which really added a little something extra to it. I really wanted to do another coat of poly but ran out of time before it had to be in the car for delivery to my uncle as a thankyou for the firewood he gave me. So I waxed it instead to give it a overall uniformness. SO I think this little piece of firewood has had an extended life !!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/





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Gary

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 05:48 AM

Wow. That’s beautiful. I really admire your skill with the scroll saw.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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crank49

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 06:58 AM

I know tree names differ all over the country, but I am not familiar with Red Gum. I live in Tennessee and we have Black Gum and Sweet Gum. Woul you know if either of these species are the same , or related to, Red Gum?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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TJ65

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 08:11 AM

sorry crank49 Have no idea about your question. All I know is that this is an Australian Native – River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). And the timber is beautiful, I haven’t worked with it before but I certainly will again in the future. Check out wikapedia online it gives you an extensive description.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 09:08 AM

Lookin’ good from here Theresa!! Nice work as usual!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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littlecope

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 11:03 AM

Very Nice Box Theresa!! And to think it was just going to be burned… :-(
You’re on a roll, don’t stop now!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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FloridaArt

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#6 posted 10-17-2011 12:51 PM

Beautiful scroll work. Nice finger joinery. I like the feet on the bottom too. Just a suggestion: I wonder how it would look if the lid were inset on a lip, so the thin piece that supports the scroll work were hidden from view. That would also save the trouble of having to add those blocks on the underside of the lid. One more thing, the gold knob is perfect for this.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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KnotCurser

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#7 posted 10-17-2011 01:26 PM

Awesome scrollwork, and a great box design as well! I like the way you placed blocks to keep the lid centered – I have to remember that.

I think I can help out crank49 as well:

Aussie “Red Gum” (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is part of the Eucalyptus genus, while the American Red and Black Gum Trees are part of the Liquidambar genus and are not related.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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crank49

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 02:23 PM

Thanks, Bob.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Roger

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 06:18 PM

very awesome Teresa. I really like the scrolled top, and nice box joints

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 10-17-2011 06:22 PM

Very nice work, Theresa! The box is beautiful! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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peteg

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#11 posted 10-17-2011 10:26 PM

Gee Teresa you guys over the ditch are spoilt for great looking timbers.
This is a lovely box indeed pity you were in such a hurry to gift it, still I guess you have the pleasant memories from making it , well done :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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jerrells

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#12 posted 10-17-2011 11:40 PM

TJ – great looking box and very nice wood. I gotta start making some boxes but got other things to scroll right now.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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TJ65

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#13 posted 10-18-2011 12:18 AM

yea Pete I would have liked to have the opertunity to actually admire it for a bit longer than what I did, but at least I dont have to pay for the delivery this way.

And Bob thanks for the info, You learn something new every day.

Art- that is the next thing I want to do, actually insert the scroll work into the lid somehow. just have to actually “PLAN” the project tho!! :-)

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 06-04-2012 04:28 PM

Hey,

I remember (actually looked it up LOL) when I suggested that you expand, Almost 2 years ago! You’ve come a long way since then. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 06-04-2012 06:19 PM

Theresa, this box is soooo beautiful. It’s so nicely done.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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