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Definition of “Spearhead”: a leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or development

Yes…I can design a box around that word….and that’s how the design of Spearhead started.

The body of Spearhead came from a chance encounter with a beautiful piece of Maple Burl I purchased from LJ member Stockmaker. There was a bark inclusion running through the piece which severely weakened it. Knowing I wasn’t going to be able to cut it into usable pieces I got an idea and broke it into two pieces. Each of those two pieces was cut into four pieces. After creating a special sled I was able to cut all the miters and create the box bodies. It is capped with Gaboon Ebony. The legs are made from Red Heart. They were shaped using compound cuts on the bandsaw and then final shaping on the stationary belt sander. I applied a black maple veneer to the tops of the spear portions of the legs.

The lid is made from Figured Asian Satin Wood. A piece of Gaboon Ebony makes up the base for the Red Heart spear top.

Finish is four soakings of Danish oil followed by two buffings of BriWax. They are lined with red velvet.

Sizes are 2.875” x 2.875” x 12” and 2.875” x 2.875” x 13.5”

Hope you enjoy them…keep making that sawdust

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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stefang

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#1 posted 363 days ago

You are a natural born designer Jeff and these boxes are good proof of that. Great work and great design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 363 days ago

These are certainly out of the ordinary. You are very creative. Nice work.

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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shipwright

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#3 posted 363 days ago

“These have to be Jeff’s” was my initial reaction.

Your creativity, sense of artistic balance and attention to detail are a dead give away.
......... and that doesn’t even get into the innovative use of your tools to achieve the desired results.

I don’t like to gush, but your pieces always make me want to.

Sweet!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Dkol

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#4 posted 363 days ago

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gbear

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#5 posted 363 days ago

Beautiful!!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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ratchet

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#6 posted 363 days ago

Excellent desgin, execution, and documentation. You are a natural at this.
Thanks for sharing your work.

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quicksilver

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#7 posted 363 days ago

Those were fun to build, I bet.
Not often we see an original idea in boxes.
Keep up the great work.

-- Quicksilver

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BTimmons

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#8 posted 363 days ago

Definitely one of the coolest original designs I’ve seen in a long time.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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Spoontaneous

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#9 posted 363 days ago

Quite nice. Almost a ‘tribal’ look to it. You got the most out of that piece of wood.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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jeepturner

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#10 posted 363 days ago

Very nice boxes. I like the natural edge and the continuous grain. Very well done.

-- Mel,

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grizzman

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#11 posted 363 days ago

yea i agree with paul jeff, you know how i feel about your work, gush is a good way to express it, i love every detail, you have always made your projects with such an artistic touch…and they always inspire me…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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CalgaryGeoff

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#12 posted 362 days ago

Very interesting pieces. Great work.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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rivox1

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#13 posted 362 days ago

That is the coolest box I ever saw!

-- Cheers and Safe Woodworking!

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SPalm

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#14 posted 362 days ago

OMG

Jeff, you really know how to do it. Those are just so cool.
What a kick you must get out of being able to do that.
I am humbled, and inspired.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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robert triplett

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#15 posted 362 days ago

Well, this certainly caught my eye! Very creative mind at work. The lower edge of the burl works very well with the rest.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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