Scalloped Keepsake Box

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Project by Trev_Batstone posted 02-09-2012 01:01 AM 2220 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this box this morning. This was my first attempt at trying to make a ‘sculptured’ or ‘scalloped’ box, but it certainly doesn’t come close to the ones that Greg and Andy have been making. However, the wife really likes it, so that makes me feel a little better. The box measures 8” x 8” x 3 1/2”. The sides are Cherry, the top is Oak, the splines are Black Walnut. The bottom is 1/8” baltic birch with black felt on the interior bottom. The front clasp with accept a small padlock. The finish is two coats of wipe-on poly and two coats of Watco clear spray lacquer.


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#1 posted 02-09-2012 01:05 AM

Nice work Trev.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 01:08 AM

Don’t sell yourself short, it looks great.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 01:19 AM

Super job, this your first art box, your one ahead of me. looks great.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 01:27 AM

That looks super ,nice box.

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 02:06 AM

That is a very nice box and an excellent sculpting job (MUCH nicer than all of my attempts). I’m curious about the 2 coats of lacquer over the wiped on poly. Don’t think I’ve seen that combination (but I don’t get out much!). What was the thought behind that finish? It turned out very nice and I might try this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-09-2012 02:20 AM

Not to speak for Andy or Greg but They both want people to learn. You did an excellent job! Even for a second try. LOL And you know what not to do on the next one. Would suggest putting it on white backgroud and uasing a couple clip on lights on your next pic shoot. A filter over the lights will prevent glare.

Looks like you used the rythm of the wood to match the shaping.

I know my first box will NEVER look this good.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-09-2012 02:58 AM

really nice box, i like the sculpted look you did, as far as matching andy , i wouldnt worry, keep at this and you will get there to…great box, ive started to use black velvet in mine and like the look a whole lot, yours looks really good. grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 04:23 AM

That is a really very nice first attempt at a sculpted box Trev. My first attempt was a disaster…along with a few other disasters after that. Box sculpting gets very addictive. It really gets very dusty when you start making alot of boxes… I just finished building an enclosed 5×8 sculpting and sanding room that has a downdraft table and 3 air cleaners made from squirrel cage fan motors.

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 01:49 PM

That is a beautiful piece. Wish I could lay claim to having done it :)

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 03:11 PM

Very nice indeed.You have made a great first box, which is better than my first few. I can see why your wife wants it.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 06:12 PM

Thank you all for the comments. This was truly an experimental project and a learning experience. Looking forward to making another box of this type in future, but will do some things differently because of what I learned from this one.


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#12 posted 02-10-2012 03:26 AM

Hey Trev, Don’t forget my finishing question. Curious minds want to know! Thanks.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

#13 posted 02-15-2012 04:57 AM

I really like your box great job.
L an D Woodworks

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 06:05 AM

gfadvm, actually the 2 coats of spray lacquer over the wipe-on poly turned out just fine.. no problem. As this box was merely an experimental project, I didn’t see any harm in trying a different finishing technique. I see nothing wrong with the way the finish turned out.


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#15 posted 02-16-2012 03:26 AM

Hey Trev, I LIKED the finish! I just never heard of that combination and was curious as I’m always trying to broaden my horizans when it comes to finishing. I certainly was not being critical.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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