Another Carved Box

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 11-18-2012 09:03 PM 1247 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 11-18-2012 09:04 PM

very nice work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 09:17 PM

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 11-18-2012 10:34 PM

Awesome work. Great carving.

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

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 10:40 PM


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

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 11:22 PM

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 11-19-2012 12:08 AM

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 11-19-2012 01:05 AM

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

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 01:38 AM

A wonderful carved box,great work.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 11-19-2012 01:54 AM

Very nice carving, great box.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 11-19-2012 04:41 PM

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 11-19-2012 05:29 PM

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

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#12 posted 11-19-2012 07:48 PM

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 11-20-2012 02:56 PM


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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#14 posted 11-20-2012 03:34 PM

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 11-22-2012 03:53 AM

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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