Oyster Box Is Done!

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Project by Gene Howe posted 496 days ago 1735 views 10 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sage Brush trunk was sliced into oysters, glued to a 3/8 plywood substrate, and leveled with a router plane jig.
the voids were then filled with turquoise and epoxy. The piece was cut to size for the box sides and each piece was cut at 45 using a jig that allows a 45 to be cut without tilting the blade (or in my case, the table) to form the box.
The lid and bottom are mesquite. The tray is Walnut. The interior is black flocking.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 496 days ago

Very nice Gene.
What a huge effort to showcase what not many would even think of as wood.
A fine tribute to the noble sage brush, icon of the Old West.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 496 days ago

W O W !

Beautuful job on this.

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

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#3 posted 496 days ago

Gene – This really turned out nice… unique…....I know you poured a lot of effort into this and it is all worth it…..very cool!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#4 posted 496 days ago

Gene it turned out beautiful .love the top too,the turquoise and epoxy was a good touch looks grand ,what you going to do with it ,the misses will want this one

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 496 days ago

Nicely done!

Luv the turquoise & epoxy infill!!!

What’s next? Clams on the half shell? ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 496 days ago

looks really nice.

-- What if the Hokey Pokey really is what its all about?

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#7 posted 496 days ago

nice. but this is the last inlay epoxy box I can take looking at without making one myself.. I love the look of the inlay,

-- mike c

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#8 posted 496 days ago

That’s gorgeous, Gene! Great work on the inlay.

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#9 posted 496 days ago

Gene that is special. That is something I have never seen before. WOW

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 496 days ago

What a fantastic idea, and executed to perfection. I absolutely love it and like the others have said, I’ve never seen anything like it before.
Thank you so much for sharing.

-- 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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#11 posted 496 days ago

This turned out really cool. The sage oysters are inspired! I don’t think anyone else has ever done this so it is a “Gene” original!

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

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#12 posted 496 days ago

Very unique. Love love love the inlay.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#13 posted 495 days ago

One of a kind. From trash to a true treasure.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#14 posted 495 days ago

Gene you need to show the wonderful limbs you cut the oysters out of.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 495 days ago

Gene, what a very unusual and cool box. Great idea and execution. Extremely well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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