Rosewood Keepsake Box

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Project by longgone posted 06-25-2012 07:25 PM 4071 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another box I have been working on and just completed the finishing this morning.
It is 11×7x4 and has 7 coats of lacquer finish.

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 07:41 PM

It is simply gorgeous, Greg. What kind of wood is it? Is it Zebrawood?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 07:43 PM

The shine on this box is amazing. It almost looks metallic from a distance. I need to try making a carved box, it looks like a lot of fun.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 07:55 PM

WOW!!! Now that is why I love rosewoods. That is simply gorgeous Greg. Every since you said you had a rosewood box in the works, I have been waiting to see it. It’s incredible. What kind of rosewood is it? My guess is Bolivian Rosewood, but I could be wrong.

Every time I see your boxes Greg it reminds me how badly I need to upgrade my tools. Your sir, are going to cost me a fortune. LOL.

Thanks for sharing this magnificent box. One last note, I really like the thin strip of maple(?) at the front of the lid. It’s just enough to define it.

Nice work.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 07:57 PM

love this wood choice, a nice deep color, i hope things are going well, did you get some of your boxes into the place that was going to market them for you,your boxes are quite unique and i would think they would sell with no problems…i mad a place outside of my shop for doing the real messy sanding, its working really well, i was using my angel grinder with a sanding pad on a piece of hickory that had a very neat shape , and it felt good to be outside knowing i wouldn’t have a huge mess to clean up…i bet you felt the same way when you got your booth set up for these boxes…

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

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 08:04 PM

That is a lovely made box. I have the darnest time figuring out just how you made those boxes…

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 08:29 PM

Littlepaw..Thanks…it is Rosewood, not Zebrawood

amengineer…the rosewood really shines nicely since it is so hard and dense. The lacquer finish really helps to create a good is satin lacquer from a spray can but the finishing touch comes from buffing it out alot.

Joey…it is Bolivian Rosewood. We all look for an excuse to upgrade tools such as they exist. I recently got about 70 bd ft of it cause it looks so nice and I know I will eventually use it all up. So mucccccch wood and so little time…

Grizzman…I am sort of undecided about the galleries. They are great places but their consignment fees and discounts they want for wholesale purchases seem way too high. I have been having great success at the shows and the after-show sales where I get what I feel they are worth.

Hawaiilad…I rough them out with an angle grinder with a 4.5” sanding attachment and a Foredom carver. After that it isjust a ton of sanding and more sanding…

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 10:11 PM

I wish I could get 70 bdft of this stuff. I bought the last little bit my lumberyard had and the last time I was there it was on back order. I may have to give them a call after this next series of boxes and see if they have any or find somewhere in driving distance that does. I can’t wait to see what the rest of it turns into.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 10:19 PM

Around here it is sometimes easy to find. I just saw an ad on craigslist by a guy that has 300 bd ft for sale…but he wants $20 bd ft for it.

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 10:28 PM

That does seem a little pricey, but I have seen it as much as $40 a bdft. If I remember correctly it was around $15 the last time I bought some. I wish it was a little easier to find. Not being a native of my area doesn’t help. I am slowly finding new lumber sources, but it is a slow process.

I see on the news you guys have a big storm down that way, Stay safe.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#10 posted 06-26-2012 12:01 AM

I really like this one. The grain is magnificent. As always the workmanship is perfect.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 06-26-2012 12:44 AM

This looks awesome! By chance do you have any pics of what one of your boxes looks like before you carve up? If not, no worries.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#12 posted 06-26-2012 12:49 AM

I love your boxes in the darker woods.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#13 posted 06-26-2012 01:00 AM

Another masterpiece by Greg. I think I have run out of adjectives to describe your art. This is one of my favorites. I don’t know why but it puts me in the mind of a crouching predator. (an alligator snapper maybe)

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

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#14 posted 06-26-2012 01:40 AM

Monte…I agree…the Rosewood has such a fantastic grain and the wood takes such a nice finish.

AlBCuttnWood…you would not want to see one before I start my box mutilation ….one word….bland.

Dan…I get torn between the darker woods and the lighter ones…such a hard decision with so many wood types.

Andy…just don’t use the same adjectives my wife uses when I spend 18 hours out back in the barn working. Alligator snapper seems like a good name for this box…mind if I use it?

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#15 posted 06-26-2012 03:14 AM

Help yourself and glad you agreed. Maybe THAT”S why I don’t sell any boxes. They don’t have names! LOL

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

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