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Project by BertFlores58 posted 478 days ago 1101 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second box out of the same design – the four pointed star with optical illusion combined with rhombus. Here is the No. 1 link.. If you want to know how it was done…. just follow this link and the blogs associated with it.

The changes and improvements on this No. 2 are:

1. It is heavily constructed with 3/8 inch thick of boards used. The material, mostly Narra on its different blend and use of iron wood, ebony (kamagong) and many other hardwood make is so dense. The intention is to let the box hold those bottles (60 ml) height of 4 inches inside a protected box.

2. The use of the contoured joint on the box lid has added attraction however the difficulty had increased in making the base integrating a required elevated footage. How big is the challenge in facing these: Materials ran-out of black and white pieces. I have to look for some left-overs then cut them.

3. The legs (foot) has to be strong. This will center the lid as soon as it slides in. The tapering point of the leg is so difficult to reinforce. I have to make a dowel on both sides so it will interlace with each other. Plus the support underneath for proper erectness. The legs (feet) is a special Philippine wood specie BALAYONG a strong kind of wood that blends with Narra.

5. The big board cut with a portable router in mitering is quite difficult. I made a mistake on one end by overcutting and some on the portion on the middle is undercut. Mitering method of Martyn (Britboxmaker) is really an excellent way in doing this type of box. Thanks Martyn.

6. The new method of finishing been used here… gloss lacquer then Spar varnish using only artist brush. Thinning for Spar varnish is paint thinner. Ensure that gloss lacquer is completely dry. Do not reverse the process because lacquer will melt the spar varnish.

This project is dedicated to those who appreciate illusions of stars…

Thanks for viewing.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 478 days ago

Nice job, but it makes my head swim ;-)

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

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BertFlores58

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#2 posted 478 days ago

Thanks Topamax,
Here are some pictures additional to above… I made a some shots without the flash and it make nice dark images:

Without flash: bear with some camera shakes


Darker blend will allow you to see the grains that narra has.


Taken with 3 bulb incandescent warm bulbs.


Spalting on this wood is so natural… This is reclaimed from 2×3 framings for dividing boards at office.

Enjoy the view but careful with your eyes.

-- Bert

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BobWemm

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#3 posted 478 days ago

Thank you so much for posting this incredible piece of work. It is truly inspiring, and mind boggling.

Well done.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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janice

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#4 posted 478 days ago

It’s beautiful and amazing!

-- Janice

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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 478 days ago

Thanks Bob.

Hi Janice,
I viewed your projects, quite a big improvement on you cot on the riverside. A lot of adventures in your work and you had learned a lot including carving. I think much better for you to use VALSPAR a type of varnish that works also with stones as final coat. Weatherproof as they say. This project is finished with it. Not that I am a promoting it but that is nice to have. I have some furniture works but I did not post it.
Thanks and God bless,

-- Bert

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 478 days ago

Way cool great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 478 days ago

Nice Bert
It gets the brain working
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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michelletwo

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#8 posted 478 days ago

eye-grabbing

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Tag84

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#9 posted 478 days ago

very nice design Bert!!

-- -Thomas -

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 478 days ago

That is really beautiful, Bert! What precise workmanship! You always amaze me! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 478 days ago

This is very nicely done. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 478 days ago

Well done, Bert. I particularly like the top separating from the bottom near the bottom of the pattern, I may try this some time.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Dave777

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#13 posted 478 days ago

incredible

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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stefang

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#14 posted 478 days ago

Very nice box Bert. For some reason it reminds me of the badlands where Butch Cassidiy’s gang use to hide out.
I think the design looks a little like that terrain.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 477 days ago

Great box, nice workmanship.

-- Tom D

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