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Project by JoeyG posted 664 days ago 2775 views 5 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Poison Wood. From the Chechen tree grows in Mexico and Central America. It get’s it’s nickname from the poison ivy like effects of the sap. Once dried, it’s said to no longer effect people like this. While I didn’t breakout with any poison ivy while working on the box, it did irritate my throat and sinuses even with a respirator on.

While Chechen is called a rosewood it is not a true one. It is much harder to work with than Bolivian Rosewood. I had to go to a 40 grit grinding wheel to keep the smoke of burning wood out of the shop. And I should charge double for the amount of sandpaper I had to use, but I think it was worth every blister on my thumb.

The handle on this one gave me a bit of trouble and while I like the final product…..... Well I just don’t know. What do you all think?

Thanks for taking a look.

Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 664 days ago

waw

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 664 days ago

Absolutely fabulous Joey. One of your finest!

-- 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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#3 posted 664 days ago

okay there is something wrong about the handle, but the box itself is a marvel.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#4 posted 664 days ago

Great job, a work of art!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 664 days ago

well joey this is some really beautiful wood, i really like how this came out, the lift is a bit different and that is good, it adds your style and vision for this piece and makes it yours, really nice job on it, not sure i want to irritate my bodily functions or internal body parts to use it, so i will enjoy this from your shop, you shouldn’t have any trouble selling this…good luck..

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

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#6 posted 664 days ago

On the whole, pretty remarkable. I’ve got no complaints.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 664 days ago

Gorgeous wood! Like the sculpting design. Not sure about the lift, but as Grizzman stated it makes it yours. Never stop trying ideas and thinking outside the box ( no pun intended). I’ve tried alot of design ideas before I came up with one I really liked. I used to “wing it” more but now I use a quick mock-up or prototype to help me visualize my ideas.
Awesome work Joey!

-- Tobes, AZ

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#8 posted 664 days ago

Beautiful box, Joey! I love the way your sculpting makes the grain of that wood dance. Will the wood stay that shade, or will it darken with age like bocote or cocobolo?

I’m kind of with you on the lift. It adds a unique flair to the box but somehow seems out of place.

Great work!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#9 posted 664 days ago

Thanks everyone.

@Granddaddy1, I use Polycrylic by Minwax on most of my boxes. Mainly because it is water based and I don’t have to keep clean up materials in my shop. My kids work with me a lot and I don’t want them around lacquer thinner and such. I’ve been using it for a few years now and I have padauk and purpleheart the same color as the day I sprayed them. Same with Bocote. It goes on clear, stays clear, and even my 6 year old has barely dinged up the boxes she’s been carrying around for years now. Will it change color? I don’t know yet. Do I think it very likely? No, I am pretty sure it will remain like this for years to come. I hope this helps answer you question.

@Tobes. I did a couple of prototypes, but not anymore. I found that I am less likely to make mistakes using expensive wood. And trying to recreate something I did in a cheaper lumber is just a waste of time and material for me. When I make mistakes, and I do, I just find a way to make it work.

Thanks again.
Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#10 posted 664 days ago

Amaizing wood,beautiful box

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 664 days ago

That’s a wonderful box Joey. It looks fantastic.

The carving is top noch it looks elegant. Any shot of the inside?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 664 days ago

As seems to be my MO, I can’t decide on a fabric for the interior. Once I make a final decision, I will get a couple of pictures up. I am really leaning towards the bamboo silk I used last time, but I may have to see if I can find something else. I still have 2 days to have it completed for the art show this weekend.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#13 posted 664 days ago

Wow, Joey. You’re becoming quite the box conesewer. Very awesome. Gr8 wood combos and all.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#14 posted 664 days ago

I like it a lot. Thinking out of the box!

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#15 posted 664 days ago

Love the wood and the flow of the “sculpting” that you achieved.

You asked …so here goes…I’d lop about 1/2 of whats protruding, from the box itself, off the handle and bevel/sand it at a subtle downward angle.

BUT…..it’s a FINE looking box as it is.

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

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