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Project by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 02-24-2013 11:43 PM 1764 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gator Bait is created from a very old piece of Sinker Cypress from Bayou Sorrel in the Louisiana Swamps.
This box has very limited sculpting because some pieces of Sinker Cypress have so much resin in them …making it almost impossible to sand since it gums up sandpaper after less than a minute of sanding…

Usually I cut a sample piece from the cypress board I am using to make a box and give it a test run on the sanding before cutting, fitting and gluing the box together…but I got complacent on this since the last few cypress boxes were not as resinous.
Anyhoo, I like the way it came out. 12×8x5 1/2 with lacqueer finish and alligator bottom.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 11:48 PM

The whole thing is just beautiful. I really love the wood. Different style of lift . Tastefully done.

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

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 12:22 AM

Well done Greg! I like the sculpted boxes, but every once in awhile it’s refreshing to see one that is not sculpted. Beautiful!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 01:09 AM

Monte…thanks…!
I wanted to do a different style of lift for a while but this style wouldn’t work with the boxes I make that have the lid inset into the box. It works better with the lid sitting on top of the box. I remember seeing this style of finger pull used on some cabinets many years ago and seemed like a good time to use it. Nothing innovative…just a recycled idea.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 01:10 AM

Really noy to shabby for a lazy guy…LOL! Nice integration with the design of the handle and the grain.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 01:16 AM

Hello Bill…How have you been? I agree, a little change of pace for the box design is good…but for me the sculpted boxes are by far the most enjoyable to make.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 01:19 AM

Thomas…I have only done a few boxes with the recessed handle design but I am really liking the way it integrates into the top.
Now, I an going inside to get lazy and have some homemade cornbread and gumbo….mmmmmm

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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DocSavage45

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 01:42 AM

When I was down south I had my first gumbo made by a guy from Louisiana. GOOOOOOD! Speaking of southern food, made some pulled pork BBQ. Eatin “High on the Hog!” LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 02:10 AM

I really like the lid lift and the grain on the box body is spectacular. I wondered how resinous cypress was. I still haven’t cut into any of my cypress logs.

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

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HaroldCR

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 02:18 AM

That’s a really nice box. Having been involved in recovery of Sinker Cypress, and sawing it up, I can relate to everything you said about the wood. We were constantly amazed by the color variations. Sometimes the grain is very intertwined and, we were very surprised to saw a “Birds Eye” sinker log.

-- http://costaricacraftwood.com

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amagineer

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 02:20 AM

Greg; you can take any piece of wood and transform it into a work of art. I also have used sinken cypress and you are so right about the resin, but the growth rings are amazing when finished.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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kiefer

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#11 posted 02-25-2013 03:53 AM

Greg
That is some nice looking lumber and the lid lift is a very nice design but I also like the corner treatment which looks like a double round over in the pic ,is it a mitre or rebate joint ?

-- Kiefer 松

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WoodenFrog

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#12 posted 02-25-2013 04:13 AM

Beautifully done!! Very Unique!
I like this one a lot!!
Great job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#13 posted 02-25-2013 05:02 AM

Andy…thanks..it amazes me how just a suttle little thing like a different lift design can make such an impact. That grain on the cypress is really spectacular and my thanks goes out to mother nature. All of the sinker cypress I have is rough sawn and it is a treat to see what comes out after I run it through my planer. I have another box I cut out of the same board…so it will equally as resinous and definitely not much sculpting will be involved. If your cypress logs are not sinker then you most likely will not have the resin problem.

HaroldCR…it is so entirely different to retreive logs from the swamp than getting them out of the woods, as you know. Years ago when I was younger I retreived sinker cypress and it was hard work. The sinker cypress I have now were retreived by some guys that live on Bayou Sorrel in Plaquemine. I got them with a moisture content of nearly 60% and have been drying them quite a while. Awesome grain.

amagineer…Thanks very much..you are too kind..I just have fun creating something from wood that is already beautiful. The right grain in a piece of wood makes all the difference in the world.

Kiefer…I just use a basic miter joint. Since the wood is so resinous I glue it with epoxy.

WoodenFrog…Thank You…I always try to do something unique and different…sometimes it works and sometimes it flops (like some of my boxes that never made it in front of my camera).

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#14 posted 02-25-2013 05:04 AM

Thomas…I know that pulled pork had to be delicimious…but that gumbo and cornbread still has a grin on my chin…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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DocSavage45

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#15 posted 02-25-2013 09:06 AM

Are you sure it wasn’t the gumbo? LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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