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Project by tomd posted 805 days ago 2390 views 12 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 2 theme boxes I cut them both at the same time figuring it was as easy to cut 2 as it is to cut one. The theme is the battle of Thermopylae where 300 Greek spartans held back the entire Persian army and certainly changed the course of history. The first is smoked eucalyptus veneer over birch ply, a difficult veneer to work with, the second is birdseye maple, both have spartan helmets, the dark one is done in satinwood and the light one (birdseye) is done in black dyed poplar. Both have home made Greek key banding around the edge of the lid. The corners and edging have a black and white diagonial inlay. Inside on the lid is the silhouette of a spartan soldier, the boxes are lined with faux leather micro fiber, I found this in upholstery materials, it is very realistic, it looks and feels just like real leather. The dark box is done is a medium brown faux leather the light box is done in a wine colored faux leather. I burned Thermopylae on the front of the tray and the lift knob is the shield from the silhouette. Now which one do you like best. Thanks for looking. Tom

-- Tom D





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 804 days ago

As usual Tom you work is amazing and spectacular, These boxes just scream made by a master. Great great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Zulu55

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#2 posted 804 days ago

Great work. I love the silhouette of the spartan soldier!

-- Adam - Langley, British Columbia (Canada)

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 804 days ago

Hi Tom,
The theme idea is a nice one, and your banding and marquetry are a perfect fit. A nice pair.
Roger

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

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shipwright

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#4 posted 804 days ago

Very nice work Tom. Are the marquetry pieces Boulle cut from one set of veneers for both boxes? It looks that way but the photos aren’t completely conclusive. I love the theme and the Greek key banding is a perfect accent. I like them both.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 804 days ago

Absolute perfection.

I love the birdseye maple. It is so understatedly beautiful.

Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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cwdance1

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#6 posted 804 days ago

Wow, I can only imagine the time and effort that went into making them. What a great job.

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 804 days ago

This earns you the “master box maker” badge in my book!

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

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kiefer

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#8 posted 804 days ago

Tom you have created two stunning beauties and I am impressed by your workmanship.
I love the interior finish and the beautiful hardware makes them complete.

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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jbschutz

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#9 posted 804 days ago

Tom…..you have outdone yourself. These two boxes are spectacular. I can’t imagine the time and patience that these works of art took. The Greek key banding alone is a tour de force, and the warrior figures are amazing. Artistry and craftsmanship have a happy meeting.

-- jbschutz

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Northwest29

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#10 posted 804 days ago

Tom, those are two absolutely beautiful boxes. You ‘have’ outdone yourself with these two. I love the spartan and the homemade inlay around the top – just super!! Did you make these for yourself or a client?

Ron

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

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chopnhack

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#11 posted 804 days ago

Great works, nice homage to the past heroes as well. :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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blackcherry

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#12 posted 804 days ago

Just a big WOW Tom, these are some wonderful boxes which showcases your mastery of veneering type boxes. Outstanding craftsmanship thanks so much for posting your friend in woodworking Blackcherry

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cajunpen

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#13 posted 804 days ago

Spectacular craftsmanship Tom.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Oldwest

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#14 posted 804 days ago

I can’t imagine the time and patience it took do those, very nice.

Also who did you buy the faux leather micro fiber? It looks great.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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Ian Hawthorne

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#15 posted 804 days ago

Nice work Tom – and a nice theme.

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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