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17th Century Carved Box - a la Peter Follansbee my way

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Project by Mauricio posted 1024 days ago 3514 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on learning how to do this box for a at least a year. After about 3 test boards and a couple of extra gouges I was happy with the results and ready to make the box.

I first saw Peter Follansbee make this box on the Woodwright Shop.
http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/2700/2701.html

I really liked this design, in particular because of the Fleur De Lis which I have a soft spot for being from New Orleans.

I also found this article on how to make the box.
http://www.peterfollansbee.com/new_website_Mar_2010/box_article_PDF/PF_box_articl.pdf

I made a couple of small modifications to the design based on the gouges I had. For example the top of my Fleur de Lis is pointy while his is kind of round.

This will be a gift for my Dad. I’m catching up on missed birthdays and fathers days. It’s going to hurt to let it go.

Joined with pegs and finished with Tried and True Danish Oil (I shouldnt have done the inside). I might put some wax on it after the Oil cures.

I will post a blog with some of the tips and tricks I learned along the way not covered by Peter in his article.

Thanks for looking,

Mauricio

Edit: Here is my blog on the project with some things I learned. http://lumberjocks.com/mochoa/blog/26399

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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Don W

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#1 posted 1024 days ago

I can’t even imagine having that much patience. I might be a little envious. Very Nice!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 1024 days ago

Oh so many avenue to box making but so little time…this is one sweet project. I bet this little box has a little weight to it as well, the white qs. oak looks great. Nice work on all the carving and as always thanks for posting…BC

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Brandon

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#3 posted 1024 days ago

Extraordinary! Great work, Mauricio. You’re dad will be very happy to have it, I’m sure.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 1024 days ago

My gosh, that is truly beautiful! I’m amazed… Wow…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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RGtools

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#5 posted 1024 days ago

Mauricio. That is a great looking box. Carving is one are of the craft I would really like to explore more of.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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shopmania

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#6 posted 1024 days ago

Super Duper nice job! That carving is a completely different skill set to cutting straight and square. My hat is off to you my friend. You have created a masterpiece!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 1024 days ago

It’s a beautiful box and I enjoyed the video. Thanks.

-- 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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#8 posted 1024 days ago

Very impressive work! Thanks for posting it.

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

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#9 posted 1024 days ago

a YEAR?! That is some impressive patience you have, I wish I could be that patient. I would have given up long ago. It is wonderful! Detailed, and the color is rich and deep… very nice job. :D

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 1024 days ago

Well not continuously of course. ButI have to admit after my first practice board without all the right gouges I set it aside for a while. I was thinking man, I need some instruction. This is not the same as cutting straight and square like Shopmania says. Peter Follansbee makes it look so easy.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 1024 days ago

Thanks everyone for the comments!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#12 posted 1024 days ago

Actually once I had my pattern down it probably took about a month. It helps that the box is simple to build.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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RogerBean

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#13 posted 1024 days ago

Nicely done.
Roger

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

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TJ65

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#14 posted 1023 days ago

Beautiful piece of work and I can understand your lack of enthusiasm having to give it away. However once you see the reaction from your father it will be all worth while.

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

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#15 posted 1023 days ago

Fantastic work.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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