Another Carved Box

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 649 days ago 1004 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few pics of an almost-finished carved box. The box is poplar from Home Depot, with dovetailed joints, raised panel bottom and lid, and carved on the three sides and the lid. All work was done with hand tools. The design on the top is adapted from the one here. The designs on the sides are my own, although heavily influenced by Peter Follansbee. The box is finished with several coats of shellac.

The dovetails still need a little work—and went together poorly because the bottom is slightly oversized. Too bad I didn’t notice that until after the glue-up. The carving went mostly very well, but I had some problems with the border on the lid when it went cross-grain.

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#1 posted 649 days ago

very nice work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 649 days ago

Scott – From where I’m sitting it looks fantastic. I admire your skill sir.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 649 days ago

Awesome work. Great carving.

-- 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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#4 posted 649 days ago


As I see it your are the Master at carving, well done buddy.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 649 days ago

Very nice design and craftsmanship. Looks great.

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

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#6 posted 649 days ago

That’s great!
I hope to develop some carving skills myself. I have done some carving but nothing approaching that level.

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#7 posted 649 days ago

Beautiful work, that’s a nice skill set you have there
Scott, thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 649 days ago

A wonderful carved box,great work.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 649 days ago

Very nice carving, great box.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 648 days ago

Great work! I’m surprised that poplar carves so well.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 648 days ago

Astonishing work. How much more when it’ll be done?

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Scott R. Turner

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#12 posted 648 days ago

Thanks everyone!

To clarify, the carving is all done. I just needed to attach the lid with hinges, and I’m contemplating making a footer (? not sure of the right word) for the box to counterbalance the lid. Although now that I’ve got the lid attached, it’s visually very light, so I probably won’t bother with a footer.

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#13 posted 647 days ago


That is some great work man! Poplar can be a Diva when it comes to carving, you’ve got to have those chisels really sharp and you pulled it off with style. I was pretty tickled to see that you used one of my boxes as an inspiration. Truth be told the opposing heart inspiration for me came from an older source off a 17th C. joined chest. (you can see a picture of it HERE)

It just goes to show how inspiration can stretch across centuries even and how awesome the power of connecting woodworkers through a medium like the internet and places like Lumberjocks can be. Seeing this was a cool experience for me. Thanks for that and keep making sawdust.


-- Oldwolf -

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Scott R. Turner

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#14 posted 647 days ago

Thanks, Oldwolf, I appreciate the kind words! You and Peter are my main inspirations.

I was intending to do a shell/fan for the lid of this box, but my wife saw your box and insisted on that design!

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#15 posted 646 days ago

Nicely done Scott!!!! Just got to love the carving, Beautiful!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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