Maple & Walnut Box #99.....

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Project by longgone posted 10-01-2012 04:17 AM 1880 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

#99 and getting close…I am one box away from #100. This box is a practice/test run for the next that I want to laminate with multiple pieces…but I made it with just 2 pieces that are 3/8” each. I realized that to get the result I want I would need more than 2 laminates…most likely 4. It has been a lot of fun on my journey getting there and my next goal after the next one is to reach #200.
This box is made from maple and walnut and has a walnut interior with a brown leather bottom. I took a few photos of the inside but the results were entirely too dark.Once i am able to get some better interior photos I will post them.

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 05:42 AM

another beauty, Greg. I really have liked the finish on your boxes and the way you keep the maple White.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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

Very beautiful. You have many of us impatiently waiting on #100 as well. Keep up the good work.

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

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 07:55 AM

Yep , what they said. Beautiful

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 09:36 AM


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#5 posted 10-01-2012 10:45 AM

I luv these 2 woods together. Super sweet, as always, Greg.

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

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 12:25 PM

Really nice deep grooves in this one. Outstanding!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 12:57 PM

The walnut/maple contrast really adds interest and and additional eye catching appeal. Great job as always.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 01:30 PM

Striking piece.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 02:35 PM

I’m looking forward to 200 too! Will you ever make a different shape? Square? Round? Or is this doing so well, why change?

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 02:48 PM

Another masterpiece. Good job, Greg.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 03:56 PM

Greg, I have played with the lamination thing on a couple of boxes. I was happy with the results, but haven’t had a chance to revisit the subject in a while. The next time I do it, I will be using 1/8 inch thick pieces. The hardest part I have found is getting the layers glued together. I have even considered building a press just for that purpose.

This is a really striking box and I cannot wait to see what you accomplish with more laminations. Looking forward to #100 and good luck getting to #200.

How long did it take you to reach 100?

Thanks for letting us join you on your sawdust journey.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 05:06 PM

Your boxes are amazing! Love your finishes.

-- Anna

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#13 posted 10-01-2012 05:58 PM

Beautiful box,awsome wood colours contrast

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-01-2012 07:56 PM

Thanks everyone…! I find it interesting that I am almost at 100 boxes…especially when I think back and remember struggling to get 10 finished so I could have enough for an upcoming show. Persistence pays off.

Robert…I also like the light color of the maple when it can contrast with a darker wood. This maple is perfect for that since it has a plain and simple grain.

Monte…thanks…I am really getting anxious to do box # 100 but I want it to be extra special.

michelletwo…I glued together a square box several months ago out of cypress and I just could not get a design drawn out on it that made me smile. I really have to get a big chin grin before I get into the long process of shaping and sanding it. It does get easy to get into a similar shape/design when they are selling well…but I do need to experiment with new designs. I have 4 shows coming up between Oct 11th and Dec. 1st that I am preparing for…and after that I have a break for several months that will allow me time to play with some ideas I have been putting on paper.

Joey…I agree…clamping is very critical when laminating..especially thin pieces. When I glued the 2 pieces for this box they were 5” wide and about 50” long. I used 12 of the K-body clamps and a bunch of smaller squeeze clamps to make sure there were no voids. I did not want any gaps. It will even more challenging with 5 or 6 layers. I have to spread the glue like a crazy mad man…but I guess that will be easy since my wife says I am crazy anyway. Years ago I laminated alot of thin oak strips with epoxy to repair bad ribs on a boat. Had to work fast especially while maintaining the curves…but it did not have to visually be as pretty as a box. It took me a little over 2 years to reach box #99…but as life has it there were alot of disctractions of all sorts mixed in.

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#15 posted 10-01-2012 08:32 PM

Greg, can you tell us what tools you use in this kind of sculpting? It looks like the Holy Galahad discs, but some of your radiuses are very tight.

I’d love to know. Sculpting boxes has become my new infatuation.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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