Terry's Box

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Project by Doug posted 643 days ago 1514 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a good friend of mine, (Terry Macmanus, who happens to be the finest pastel portrait artist I have ever know), to make a box to given as a gift to one of his family members.
So culling through some short and odd pieces of lumber in my Pack Rat pile..I found a piece of cherry from an old tossed out piece of furniture. It had nail holes in it..which I did not see right away. I began to plane off the rough surface from it, the holes appeared with black streaks from the iron nqails. I thought this looked really neat. Cutting into the sides..letting the wood dictate the size, i formed the box shape. There was some zebrawood, I glued together to make the iid. I scroll sawed two seagull shape into the wood. I band sawed a wave shpe adding a strip of maple between the two. I inlaid a scrap of paudauk to represent the sun. From there i just let the design of the box tell me where it wanted to go. I added 3/16/” walnut inlay to the zebrawood as a frame, and some purpleheart in the miter keys. This was difficult, as the purple heart kept chipping off. Finally getting them to stay whole. i was able to put on an oil finish. Took a lot longer than i thought it would (wood),,but it was well worth the learning experience. OH..the seagull ….nice idea..I used scupley clay …baked the top at 265 degress for 20 minutes.(top is 5/16th” thick) let cool sanded and hand scraped level. I like it..hope he does.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 643 days ago

Very beautiful box

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 643 days ago

Nice looking box!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 643 days ago

Very very nice work! I like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 643 days ago

Fine work!

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 643 days ago

Nice one Cap’n.
I thought the top was marquetry but the clay is a very clever and innovative solution.
How was the zebrawood to re-saw?
I re-sawed some once and ruined a good bandsaw blade.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 643 days ago

to resaw the zebrawood I started to use a band saw…the oder of burning zebrawood told me not the way to go. I went to the table saw and used my thin ripping blade (24tooth) did the trick. The seagull were done with the sculpey clay the sun is paudauk using a circle template cut into a piece of hardboard and the solid brass router inlay set from MLCS router bits. Worked fine..a bit nervous since it was the first fine I tried both the inlay and clay techniques.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#7 posted 643 days ago

Outstanding! This piece really speaks out, and I could feel the sea breeze on my cheek.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#8 posted 643 days ago

Very Neat!

I love things that come from the “rat-pile”.

Guilty also!

Sometimes that piece in the pile just keeps haunting me until I use it.

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 643 days ago

This is a real nice box. You did a very nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 643 days ago

Great looking box. Nice finish and artful touch on the lid.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#11 posted 643 days ago

Only one word for this : impeccable!

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#13 posted 643 days ago

I like this box a wonderful work of art.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 643 days ago

That is a beautiful creation! I love the wood choices and the inlays are the icing on the cake. The clay seagulls are beautiful. Question: you put the clay in wet and then cooked the whole lid?

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

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#15 posted 643 days ago

If all the wood came from you scrap box, I need to look there also! Yah – fat chance! beautiful!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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