Canarywood & Purpleheart

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Project by Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor posted 832 days ago 1623 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was originally going to be a yellowheart and purpleheart box but the yellowheart piece I had was full of twist and warp. By the time I ran it through the jointer and sander to flatten/even it out it became too thin for my sculpting requirements. I use a 3/4” minimum thickness when making a box and the yelloheart ended up at a fat 1/2”.
I am satisfied with the canarywood cause the grain is nicer than the yellowheart.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#1 posted 832 days ago


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#2 posted 832 days ago

Very nice Greg….. Canarywood is one of my favorites to work with!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 832 days ago

Another winning box. Question ??——Do you do these freehand or do you use a jig of sorts?

Either way…you do a fine job.

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#4 posted 832 days ago

Thats awesome!

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

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#5 posted 832 days ago

this is a wonderful box greg, those curves sure look deep, dont you ever get nervous that you will go through…i think i would…but the colors here are great…and the beat goes on….....grizz

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#6 posted 832 days ago

Good wood combo, I always like it better when purpleheart is used sparingly . Very nice.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 832 days ago

Greg: another Gem
when do you find the timne?
I am still sanding mine that I started weeks ago.
Any hints on the sanding?

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 832 days ago

That’s a nice combination and I’m glad you didn’t abandon your original style. But I actually like both styles equally. I agree that purpleheart seems best in moderation. It worked very well in this box.

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

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#9 posted 832 days ago

Love it! Great design, it compliments the wood … or vise versa :)


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#10 posted 832 days ago

Jaykaypur…I do not use a jig. I just draw the lines in pencil and go at it. When I am grinding into the wood I cannot take my eyes off of what I am doing for even a split second cause that is all it takes to grind out in the wrong spot.

Grizzman…I have gone through when grinding too deep. It was near the bottom where the dado is for the box bottom. That box isn’t more than ashes in my burn pile. Enough to bring sawdust to my eyes…

Whitedog…I agree with you..the purpleheart really needs to be used in moderation. It is not a wood with a nice grain and it is so darn hard..The only thing it has is its color…and that unfortunately fades over time..

abie…hints on sanding? well, i just spend alot, alot, alot of time sanding and then some. I spend at least 12 hours each day in my shop.

Andy…I didn’t abandon my original style…I just try to come up with new ideas to break the boredom of repetition and having everything looking the same.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#11 posted 832 days ago

now that’s wickid beautiful!

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#12 posted 832 days ago

What can I say that has not been said before? Just another beauty!


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#13 posted 832 days ago

beautiful, no word to say, amazing piece you made


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#14 posted 832 days ago

It’s very nice piece of art

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#15 posted 832 days ago

12 hours of sanding? You must be doing another show soon? You are coming up with variations in color and form, and you are “just drawing them on the piece? LOL! When you get time are you going to post the new sanding booth, or did I miss it?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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