"Transitions" - More angle grinder fun

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Project by Ossian posted 06-16-2013 02:10 AM 2253 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is a completely different tack on the “make a perfectly good box and savage it with an angle grinder” method. It was actually the first box I did this to, and I didn’t intend to actually finish it.

It went like this: a couple years ago I was making a tea box and had an unexpected learning experience with the router that basically made it necessary to shorten the box too much for tea, which made the bois de rose key at the top actually exposed. After a time of stomping around and suggesting various fertility or salvation aspects of the box, the router, and my woodworking skills, I finally used it to hold my router bits and threw it on a shelf to be a useful but unfinished box.

Then the angle grinder boxes caught my eye, and I thought I’d try one. I didn’t want to start on a good box, so I looked around for a block of wood or something, and saw my router-bit-and-general-garbage box. I brushed it off, cut a piece of sapele I had lying around and that looked discolored and generally ugly, and tried out the angle grinder. On each side I played with it differently, seeing what it could do well and what it didn’t do as well.

One of the things I found out was that smooth, organic lines cut into wood and polished just grab my fingers and drag them over and over and over the grain. I think this finish (tung oil and carnauba wax) might actually be mostly finger oil.

The other thing I found out was that the sapele reject I used was actually a very nice pomelle figured piece that just needed smoothing and oil.

So. Horrific mistake to intentional sacrifice for the experience to jewelry box. Not a bad job for something I screwed up horribly.


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#1 posted 06-16-2013 02:17 AM

This is very cool.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 02:21 AM

It’s a beauty, well done.

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

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 02:41 AM

Beautiful job. Obviously wasn’t a screw up. Like good wine, takes time to reach it full potential.

Great job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 03:02 AM

Don’t ya just love screw-ups? Seems like, in the end, they always make ya look good.
Great looking box

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 04:11 AM

I really love the way you got all the transitions in the wood all matched up perfectly! Awesome job!

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 05:03 AM

Beautiful box, amazing sculpting….great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 05:10 AM

Very cool super looking box.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 06:00 AM

Nice box, nice top corner effect, what did you use? ...some arbortech gear?


Robert Brennan

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#9 posted 06-16-2013 08:56 AM

You sure mess up your boxes very well. Very nice

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#10 posted 06-16-2013 08:58 AM

Great sculpture on the box!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 06-16-2013 07:47 PM

I see no mistakes

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

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#12 posted 06-16-2013 11:10 PM

Best screw up I ever seen

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#13 posted 06-17-2013 12:28 AM

Beautiful !

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

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#14 posted 06-17-2013 01:07 AM

Great job of sculpting! I too really like the accents on the top corners.

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

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#15 posted 06-18-2013 12:17 AM

Wow! That sure is a sweet looking box!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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