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Project by Triumph1 posted 04-26-2013 03:54 PM 2000 views 10 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 04-26-2013 04:02 PM

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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#2 posted 04-26-2013 04:07 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#3 posted 04-26-2013 04:08 PM

“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.


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

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 04:30 PM


-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 04:43 PM

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

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 05:37 PM

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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#8 posted 04-26-2013 05:51 PM

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

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 04-26-2013 05:54 PM

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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#10 posted 04-26-2013 06:33 PM

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

-- Mel,

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 06:49 PM

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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#12 posted 04-26-2013 09:51 PM

Very interesting pieces. Great work.

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

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 10:55 PM

That is the coolest box I ever saw!

-- Cheers and Safe Woodworking!

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#14 posted 04-26-2013 11:18 PM


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.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 04-26-2013 11:23 PM

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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