Butterfly box

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Project by Tooch posted 511 days ago 1098 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a box I made my wife for her most recent birthday. She is a big fan of butterflies, so the image engraved on top only seemed fitting. That is actually her scarf underneath, but don’t tell her I put it on my workbench to take these pictures, she’ll kill me! To get the butterfly to look that way I stained the wood first, then engraved the lid.

Although I cut out the middle using a “hand-powered” coping saw, I don’t think I would have attempted this project if I didn’t have a spindle sander, it was very helpful. The box was made of Pine, stained with Minwax Red Chestnut, and finished with 4 coats of spray lacquer, scuffing in between each coat.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 511 days ago

beautiful little box. I like the butterfly motif.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 511 days ago

Nice box! How did you do the butterfly inlay?

-- Just remember... Keep your stick on the ice! - Red Green

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#3 posted 511 days ago

Love the box, I would like to see how you did the inlay. The finish is great for pine, it looks like alder or some other harder/darker wood. Great Job!

-- Have answers, need the right questions.

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#4 posted 511 days ago

Beautiful box! Welcome to LJ

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 511 days ago

Excellent job on the inlay. great looking box.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- 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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#6 posted 511 days ago

I like it. Very attractive Butterfly on the lid.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 511 days ago

Agree with the above.
That design of the butterfly certainly makes it ! Well done

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 511 days ago

I would love to be able to say I carved the butterfly by hand, but like George Washington I cannot tell a lie. We have a laser engraver at the school I teach at, so I was able to load my artwork into a program that engraves the wood.

To get the “natural” look, I sanded/stained the wood first, then immediately put it into the engraver and ran it. the engraver burnt off the first layer, leaving the original color of the wood.

glad you enjoyed it, thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 511 days ago

Great job how did you do the inlay?

-- Todd

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#10 posted 511 days ago

see above post- Stained first then used a laser engraver

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 511 days ago

Lovely butterfly design, nice work!

-- Béla, Memphis TN

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#12 posted 511 days ago

I love the design and the box is perfect for it. Great work and a nice gift.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 510 days ago

Beautiful little box.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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#14 posted 509 days ago

Very pretty box! The butterfly engraving really sets it off. Like the shape and the finish as well. Great job!


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