Desert Stars

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Project by JoeyG posted 07-19-2012 10:52 PM 2272 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The gentle sculpted lines in the Hickory of this box reminded me of desert sands. The Wenge inlays brought stars to mind and a name was born. It took me several tries at sculpting this one. I did a little and was unhappy with it. I came back the next day, and the same thing. Finally today I finally felt it. You know, that feeling that you are doing the right thing with whatever it is your working on.

The miter keys and handle are also Wenge.

I hope you like this one. It proved a little more difficult than I first thought it would be. As a end note, I will tell you that I almost named this one Never Again, because I don’t think I will be sculpting Hickory again. Man that stuff is hard. My fingertips hurt just typing this. LOL

Thanks for taking a look.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 11:17 PM

glad to see your getting more boxes done, i love the wood here, yes hickory is hard, ive got pecan which is the same way, why is it that the nut tree’s have to be so hard, im glad walnut is not this way..but you did a great job here….cant wait to see whats next, have you gotten a report on the sword box, did they like it….grizz

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

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 11:22 PM

Nice box. Love the inlays and the one in the handle too. Beautiful job….....again!

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

#3 posted 07-19-2012 11:28 PM

very nice

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 12:06 AM

Joey you a animal so many creations reminds me of someone I know, I quest its not much work when your enjoying yourself. Love the color contrast great work thanks for showing….BC

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 12:43 AM

@Grizz, They loved the Sword Case. I am waiting for a picture of it mounted on the wall with the sword in it. Once I receive it, I will post it on the projects page. I have never worked with Pecan, but I am thankful that Walnut is such a joy to work with.

Thank everyone. It’s never work when you love what you are doing.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 12:52 AM

I love this one Joey. The hickory/wenge contrast works perfectly and I am SO envious of your sculpting skills. If you think hickory is hard, try some hedge or jatoba. I think either would be beautiful sculpted. I like the way the ‘stars’ look when sculpted.

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

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 12:55 AM

Thank you Andy, I have to agree that it does work. And as sore as my fingers are, I will probably do another on. It holds the sculpting so much better than the softer woods. You don’t have to be a gentle with it. I actually dropped this one while I was sanding it and could not find the ding. I wasn’t sure about the “stars” when I first started grinding, but I am very happy with the way it turned out.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 07-20-2012 12:55 AM

Super nice it does look the desert sands, thanks for posting

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

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 02:05 AM

Can I ask what tools did you use for the sculpting?

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 02:09 AM

@308Gap, I used a rt angle grinder. I did a blog about it. Just follow the link. Feel free to let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 02:56 AM

I do like it and one more star it would be a proud box for Australia!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 03:11 AM

Great looking box. Love the contrasting colours and the inlay dots.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 03:22 AM

Another great looking box Joey. Your sculpting really did that Hickory justice..! I know what you mean about the hickory being hard to work with. You got alot farther with the hickory that I did. I attempted a hickory box a good while back and the miters came out so bad and with such sloppy fitting gaps in them that I ended up tossing it in the burn pile before my angle grinder ever got a taste of the wood.

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 05:35 AM

Joey, nice job…again. I see the sculpting bug got to you one more time. Whatever the process—it is working. I have a box that is currently in my “time out corner” because I can’t decide if I want to do more with it or not. Hickory is tough. Thanks for sharing. Keep posting and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 07-20-2012 09:00 AM

Thanks everyone. Greg, these are not my best miters. I found that the hickory is so hard it likes to ride the blade rather than being cut. This box ended up a bit smaller than I had first planned to make it because of this.

@ Al, I always have a couple of boxes in the time out corner. I have one that’s been there for close to a year that I really need to finish. I think I have 4-5 total in the “corner” right now. The all have promise of being very beautiful boxes, I just don’t know how to finish them up yet.

I hope everyone has a great day, and thanks for taking a look.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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