Unconventional Bible Box

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Project by oldwolf posted 01-08-2012 10:08 AM 3292 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call it “Unconventional” because it breaks from a traditional or reproduction type of piece in the use of dovetail joinery, brass hardware, and a sliding inner till.

I finished this piece in August of 2011, If you want to see or read more about it all of my blog posts have been collected here:

It is made of Red Oak with Black Walnut as an accent / contrasting wood. The dimensions are 18” across by 10” deep by 6 1/2 ” tall.

This was my real start at learning and working at the 17th century carving techniques I learned from Peter Follansbee’s video. All the carving work was done by hand as was 90% of the construction and joinery. I am really proud of this one.

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 04:02 PM

that looks great! the carving is wonderful!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 04:38 PM

Beautiful looking box dovetails and carving and all.
A very period looking box.


-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 04:44 PM

terrific carving! Well done!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 04:56 PM

Great carving and wonderful blog as well. Inspiring!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 01-08-2012 05:18 PM

I like the blog and the box is impressive. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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Eric in Florida.

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#6 posted 01-08-2012 05:18 PM

That came beautifully my friend.
I too follow Peter’s work, and yours is a very nice salute to his teachings.
An heirloom piece for sure !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#7 posted 01-08-2012 05:37 PM

Wow, great carving job!

-- Guy,PEI

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 07:08 PM

Beautiful bible box with wonderful carving.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 07:14 PM

And proud you should be! Very nicely crafted and the carving is just to wonderful – you learn well.


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 09:01 PM

Beautiful, very consistent carving.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 01-08-2012 09:23 PM

I can see why you are proud of this box. It is beautiful and the carving really adds a lot to the look.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-08-2012 09:47 PM

The brass on the interior is a very nice touch.

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

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#13 posted 01-08-2012 11:24 PM

And pround you should be…..........haven’t went down the carving road yet, but got the tools, time and the wood. No guts I guess.

Great looking box and fantastic first carving experience!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#14 posted 01-09-2012 03:01 AM

Awesome work Derek…. Very handsome box my friend.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 01-09-2012 03:39 AM

Wow! You deserve to be proud for making this box. Carving, dovetailing, finishing, etc.. all in there. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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