Dragon Scales

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Project by JoeyG posted 04-18-2012 10:20 PM 2042 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made of Oak with a Santos rosewood inlay and handle.

When I put the inlay/medallion into this one I left it about 3/8 in proud of the oak. I knew I was going to sculpt it so that was no big deal. I didn’t really know how I wanted it to look, I am not a big Oak fan so I figured I would just wing it. As I started carving down the center rosewood it started to resemble scales so I went with it.
I think it’s a pretty cool box.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 10:22 PM

Very cool…

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 10:29 PM

Looks very sharp Joey !! I bet it took sometime to finish.

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 10:34 PM

Love it and the finish is beautiful. Great job on the hinge pins wink

The box, Joey, is stunning. Very nice workmanship.

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

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 11:00 PM

Thanks guys. I lost count on the number of coats of polycrylic I sprayed on it. And to be honest it could use a few dozen more. Oak has such a open grain it’s almost impossible to get a smooth coat on.

@J, I think next time I will make them even bigger just for you. LOL You caught me off guard with that one, I acutally laughed out loud and everyone was looking at me like I am crazy.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 11:20 PM

Cool design!

Bet you went through a lot of sandpaper, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 01:06 AM


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#7 posted 04-19-2012 01:18 AM

Another success, Joey. The rosewood really made this project and combining it with the oak worked very well. Your finish continues to amaze me. You can fill the pores on that oak with Timbermate very cheaply and easily and won’t take more than 10 extra minutes.

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

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 02:31 AM

Another nice one! Your sculpting is lookin real good. Oh no, you haven’t been busy or anything huh? Just knockin em out aren’t cha? Busy is good. Have a great night Joey.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#9 posted 04-19-2012 03:06 AM

Great looking design Joey. The dragon scales look came out top notch and the inlay of rosewood really stands out…Oak is a plain wood but quarter sawn oak has a nice look.

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#10 posted 04-19-2012 03:55 AM


What really makes this sing to me is the handle and the matching medallion. The handle has a particularly nice flow and ties the whole concept together. Thanks for the reference to your detailed blog on how to carve a box. I enjoyed reading it. Have you settled on a grit sequence? Do you still use Abranet…whatever that is? I have really enjoyed seeing your work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 04-19-2012 08:53 AM

Looks great Joey. You are really getting into this sculpted box work. You must be having a lot of fun with it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 04-19-2012 10:34 AM


-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 04-19-2012 11:01 AM

Thank you everyone.

@Andy, I will look into the Timbermate. I tend to be more of a puritan and stay away from products like that, but if I could find one that didn’t change the color or texture of the wood being used it would save me a lot of grief.

@Mark, I must admit that I cheated a little. I began these boxes back during the bookcase job when I had to wait for something or other. All the glue ups where done, I just had to attach the lids and do some shaping…And a lot of sanding.

@Greg, Thank you. I agree that oak can be kind of plain. While it is not one of my go to woods, I must admit that I occasionally find myself drooling over an especially nice piece at the lumber yard. Once of these days, I will take the plunge and buy some.

@Big Al, I normally use a 80 grit flap sander. I get the cheapest ones I can find. I have used more expensive ones and cannot see a benefit to spending the extra money. After grinding I use 80,120,220 on my ROS. Then I move on to handsanding and use 120,150or 180, 220 and sometimes higher. I know it doesn’t make a lot of since to sand to 220 with the ROS then go back and handsand with 120 but I do notice a major difference in the finish if I skip any of this. I am sure others go about it differently but this is what I have found that works for me. The one thing I do know for sure is that the more care you put in sanding, the better the finish will be.

If I missed anyone questions, my apologies. I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet. LOL

Have a great day everyone.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 12:16 PM

Now that’s just nifty

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 12:51 PM

Nice work, Joey…love the oak with rosewood! I’m not a big fan of oak,either, but you finished this nicely! Keep it up…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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