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Project by Granddaddy1 posted 05-21-2012 08:31 PM 1739 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of recent boxes made in my shop. The first box (8×5 x 4) is made with big box radiatta pine. It was sculpted in a random pattern with a random orbital sander. I started with 36 grit and worked my way up to 220x. This was my first foray into sculpting. I liked the look of all the sculpted boxes I’ve seen here on Lumberjocks and just had to try it. I used a 1/8” brass pin for the hinges. This box was stained and then 4 coats of wipe on poly applied before a final paste wax.

The second box (7 1/2×4 1/2×3 1/2) is made from cocobolo. The sides are a continuous wrap of the same board. The top is also from the same board, but I selected an area with different grain color. The top reminds me of a sunset. This box was sanded to 1200x, then 4 coats of paste wax applied. I think it’s the smoothest wood I’ve ever finished other than lathe polish.

Thanks for looking!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 09:03 PM

I really like the carved box. Very nice work!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 11:15 PM

Very nice work. Like them both. For a first sculpt, you did a great job.

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

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 12:54 AM

The sculpted box is absolutely beautiful. I would never have guessed pine. I think I’m the only LJ in existance who hasn’t mastered the sculpting technique!

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 01:09 AM

That is one beautiful box.

Do not worry Andy I have never have done it either.


-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 01:34 AM

Great carved box, very unique design. The contrasting woods in the other box was a nice touch, both well done.

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

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 01:34 AM

LOL! Andy and Greg are probably smiling. Dust?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 08:53 AM

Both boxes look very nice…

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 11:45 AM

I like the look of both boxes. I have not ventured into box sculpting yet either. still trying to master boxes! Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 05-22-2012 01:32 PM

Nicely Done…....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#10 posted 05-22-2012 02:55 PM

Thanks for all the comments, guys!

Thomas, dust wasn’t too bad. My Porter Cable ROS has integral dust collection that collects the fines. I set up in the open doorway of my garage and had a fan behind me blowing out.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#11 posted 05-22-2012 03:53 PM

Love the sculpted box it looks like a desert wind scattered sand waves.
Both great pieces of work.

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