Fish Scales

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Project by JoeyG posted 07-16-2012 11:41 PM 1953 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am naming this box in honor of my angelfish who just spawned again. I haven’t been able to get any to make it yet, but I get closer with every spawning.

The Lacewood kind of reminds me of scales. I started to do more with the box. I wondered what the Lacewood would look like sculpted, but in the end I decided less was more for this one. Maybe I will carve on some in the future, but for this one I just added a touch of curly maple to help highlight the beautiful “scales” in the wood.
Lacewood is pretty easy to work with but watch out for splinters. I barely got the blood out of the maple from an especially nasty one. I think the result was worth every drop.

The last picture is of my Angel pair and their new eggs.

Thanks for letting me share, I hope you enjoy.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 11:44 PM

Never seen lacewood I guess. That’s really cool.

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

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 11:45 PM

Joe that is really a nice box, thanks for sharing

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 11:46 PM

I like it Monte. As I said, you have to watch the splinters. You should try it sometime.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 11:50 PM

That is a sweet box, Joey. Great choice of wood!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 11:52 PM

That’s a beauty. Looks really nice with the Maple mixed in with it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 07-16-2012 11:57 PM

yep …
gotta love lacewood

shimmering pearls

nice touch
with the less is more

that hinge is good enough
for a castle door

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 07-16-2012 11:57 PM

Very nice Joey…The lacewood reminds me alot of Leopardwood…and it does sculpt nicely and most certainly I can agree with you…with experience… about the splinters. Ouch!

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 11:59 PM

I always get confused with lacewood and leopardwood Greg, it’s kind of like Padauk and bloodwood. Very similar with subtle differences. If I got it wrong this time, I will blame it on the lumberyard. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 12:17 AM

how thick is the side walls of this box ?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 12:21 AM

the lace wood is really quite the wood, its got some real potential to be mixed with other wood, but does well on its own to…lets hope the fish having babies will spawn some new ideas for you, just a little play on words…your miters, are mated very well also…opps another one…lol…....grizz

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

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 12:21 AM

It’s beautiful! You really played well with it and I agree- less is definitely more with this wood. It’s one of my favourites. I’m always really nervous to use it… afraid I will never due it justice. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 12:40 AM

Thanks again everyone. Lis, I was nervous also. I think that is why I decided not to sculpt it. I will next time for sure, just to see what happens, especially when Greg gives the go ahead. LOL.

@ Grizz. Aren’t you a clever one. LOL. I see a piece of Lacewood used as a medallion in a curly maple lid in my near future.

@Eddy. The sides are 3/4, but the top has a 3/8 rabbit all the way around to make room for the lid. I did it the way Andy taught so many of us with his wonderful blogs. I don’t always give thanks to him, but just as all good teachers, his lessons continue to show up in my works. Just as Greg does.

I have watched and learned, asked questions and made mistakes and I have thanks to give to each and every person that post on Lumberjocks. We all influence each other, sometimes in small ways, sometimes in large ways, but I am grateful for each and every member that is an active part of our sawdust community.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#13 posted 07-17-2012 12:54 AM

Nice! You allowed the wood to speak for itself.

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

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#14 posted 07-17-2012 01:04 AM

Another wonderful ‘Joey’ box. That lacewood is spectacular and you did it proud. I love the way that grain swoops down the mitered corners. Maybe a little smaller plug over the hinge pin? The lift is a nice accent to the lacewood. Can’t help with your fish reproduction. Do they or their buddies eat the eggs? My koi spawn and reproduce like flies!

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

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#15 posted 07-17-2012 01:07 AM

Joey, the lacewood is beautiful and the title is really apt. With such beautiful material it is a great idea to let the wood speak for itself. I would think that it would also look good with darker (ebony) splines and a darker lift too. Thanks for sharing. This is a nifty box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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