Bow box upgrades

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Project by Bill posted 08-31-2012 04:32 PM 2145 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made some minor changes to the last ones that I did.

Made the box smaller overall, not by much. 1/2 inch or so smaller in hight to 3 1/2
5×5 square.

The biggest changes are with the bow. Took the thickness down to 1/8th, and put an extra two stripes in the glue up. II am really pleased with the results.

Another change is in technique… instead of sanding the inside corners of the bows, I tried to carve them instead. Worked really well, and took much less sanding than last time.

Woods used… gummy cherry, lacewood, for the box. Curly maple and padauk bow. lacquer finish.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 06:05 PM

Nice box ! I like that gummy cherry !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 06:09 PM

This is really beautiful. It looks so fragile – and yet it is wood. I like the unreconciled contrast in that.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 06:23 PM

Looks great. I’ll have to try one of those some day. What did you use to carve the insides of the bows?

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 06:24 PM

Box is beautiful, knot is especialy beautiful

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 07:54 PM

This is the only gift box which does not need any unwrapping. Sweet charms!

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 08:56 PM

since the insides were cut on the scroll saw, i used a new exacto knife to plane, for lack of a better word, the roughness out of the inside corners.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#7 posted 08-31-2012 10:06 PM

Quility box, can i ask how long it took make.


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#8 posted 09-01-2012 01:02 AM

Very, very nice.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 01:59 AM

I liked the previous model but you managed to improve on it! Nice.

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

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 02:00 AM

Every time I see one of these it makes me do a double take…hard to believe that its wood! This looks superb! I really like the lamination you did for the bow as it adds a touch of softness to the design and makes it look even more fragile.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 02:56 AM

That’s a beauty, you really are an artist.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 04:15 AM

Bill, you really nailed this look on this box. It is fantastic. Every version of the bow is a marked improvement from your previous bow postings. Your lacquer finish is great. This shows that you are spending quite a bit of thought-time improving the look by improving both your ideas and techniques. Judging by your output and the refinements in techniques, you must eat, dream, and work on nothing but boxes.

Your work is exciting, but I know it can also be exhausting and completely absorbing. I have been there. Consider taking one day a week off from boxes entirely. Lock up the shop on say Friday, and take someone to a movie and a meal. It will actually help the process.

Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 09-01-2012 04:55 AM

Very nice work, beautiful box.

-- Tom D

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