St. Charles Box made of quarter sawn Sycamore, spalted Maple and Ebony

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Project by Tom Adamski posted 03-06-2008 05:09 AM 7406 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is titled St.Charles for St. Charles, Illinois. The box is made from quarter sawn Sycamore that creates an interesting moire pattern. The top is spalted maple and the edge banding is Gaboon Ebony.

Size: 4” deep, 5” wide, 2 1/2” tall

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#1 posted 03-06-2008 05:14 AM

Great looking box. That ebony can be a pain to work with at times, huh?

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

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#2 posted 03-06-2008 05:27 AM

Another great looking box. I will be honest before I became part of this community I regarded boxes as curiosities. But after seeing a number of posts, like yours, I now see them in an altogether different light. These are challenging projects which require not only woodworking skills but an artist’s touch as well. What is not to love about them.

Keep the posts coming.

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

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#3 posted 03-06-2008 05:59 AM

Sweet one, Tom! You sure seem to have a good supply of exotic woods.

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

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#4 posted 03-06-2008 08:46 AM

This is beautiful. The black edges really frame the maple top and make the figure stand out. Very nice!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 03-06-2008 10:12 AM

Well done – I like the contrasting woods as well.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-06-2008 11:47 AM

You really know how to let the wood do the talking. Nicw work.

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#7 posted 03-06-2008 09:16 PM

What a wonderful contrast, and great workmanship on that box.

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#8 posted 03-06-2008 10:49 PM

Can I comment on every box you make? I guess I’ll try. Again, your work is excellent. My box making keeps hitting snags. But I will continue to try. Soon i’ll post one, and maybe get great feedback as well.

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#9 posted 03-07-2008 03:01 AM

Great Looking Box- should be a nice family heirloom for years.
Nice Craftsmanship –
Curious to the overall dimensions? and is the inside lined with another wood or simply an unfinished bottom?

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#10 posted 03-09-2008 04:08 AM

Great box, Love the fig;ure of the wood.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#11 posted 03-12-2008 08:34 PM

That Sycamore was a great choice, like Tyler said, terrific figure. You do great work!

-- Robb

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#12 posted 04-03-2011 01:23 AM

sycamore and ebony are great contrasting woods.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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