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This one is curly oak on top with curly gummy cherry on the sides. The finial and keys are walnut. 4×4 x 4 ish
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#1 posted 09-21-2012 08:04 PM
Nice Set of Boxes !!!
-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one
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#2 posted 09-21-2012 09:22 PM
Very nice. Interesting design on the top…
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#3 posted 09-21-2012 09:32 PM
Very nice box. Keep up the good work!
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#4 posted 09-21-2012 09:49 PM
Beautiful! Catching up the oriental fever.
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#5 posted 09-22-2012 03:31 AM
Bill, I will comment here on all four postings. First let me say they are all really beautiful work. I especially like the way the grain matches at the corners on the Zebra Wood and the oriental box. I agree with you that the “flaws” in the wood make it more beautiful than perfect furniture wood. This generation of pagoda box has an even better flow than the last batch. You and your carving wheel are getting to know each other well.
It took me a while to see how you did it, but the attached lid on the mountain box that is carved away to accent the grain flaw is a brilliant technique. I haven’t see that used before. It is carving with a purpose. Really good idea.
The moon box has some nice twists. I like the inset lid, and the inlay gives a nice added color. I am not sure about the finish here. How did you fasten the inset lid? Is there a spline between the frame and the raised lid?
Your grains are so beautiful that you might want to consider trying a larger (say 5/8 to 3/4) rounding of the corner joints on a larger box just to see how it brings out the flow of the grain around the corners. I think you’d like it.
You asked about hinges…if your hinges are what I think they are (without an internal box shot it is hard to tell)...they are the kind of rounded hinges you put in a slot and they are held there by some burrs on the hinges. They are inexpensive and with proper tools quick and easy to install.
I thought they worked fine on some small, cheaper boxes like ring boxes and perhaps recipe boxes. However, I found they were not durable enough for larger heavier boxes and the open box put too much strain on the narrow slot sides of the back. You might consider this. click
You might note that I have put one inch hoses from a CPAP machine on each sander shown in the last picture. This really helps with with dust. If you are allergic to one dust you may become sensitive to others.
Your work is really impressive. Hope you are having some luck with sales. They have been slow lately for this area. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN
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