Chubby Curves for Father's Day (UPDATE)

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 06-16-2013 10:12 PM 2741 views 15 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not too much to say about this one, except how much I love Bloodwood!

Bloodwood and spalted beech. I made the basic box, then shaped the curves on my belt sander and by hand. The finish is my usual BLO, buffed and waxed.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

UPDATE: I guess it is time to confess now. This project was extremely close to going in the garbage. It started its life in my mind’s eye as a more traditional shape, with clean, sharp lines. I kept getting tear out from my cove and chamfer bits (really they are cheap and old, and in need of replacement), and I kept trying to change to profiles to hide the damage.

I finally got to the point where I was about to pitch the whole thing, and decided on this approach as an absolute last resort. At that point, I really had little hope that it would turn out well.

Moral of the story: Don’t give up an a project gone wrong. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 06-16-2013 10:29 PM

I agree on the bloodwood. Love it to work with.

Great job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-16-2013 10:50 PM

Stunning Charlie and happy dad’s day to you as well. Bruce

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 06-16-2013 11:25 PM

Beautiful box Charlie….I love the blood wood, just wish we could get it here in Australia.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 06-16-2013 11:36 PM

Pretty Work Charlie, tastefully done as always!
How big is it?

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 06-16-2013 11:38 PM

Nice box Charlie. Great wood choice.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 06-16-2013 11:40 PM

Nice box Charlie and I agree about bloodwood. In marquetry it is about the best natural red.
Lately however, I’ve had a hard time finding good red BW veneer. The last I got was quite brown. I guess there’s a wide range of color in it.
That aside, nice simple sensuous little box.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 06-16-2013 11:49 PM

Very nice work. Love the outside corners and also the way you shaped it. Just begs to be picked up!!

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

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 11:59 PM

Aside from the contrasting woods (which like great together), the curves is what makes this stand out ….excellent work!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 06-17-2013 12:10 AM

Great looking box, love the clean lines.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 06-17-2013 12:36 AM

Charlie: A modified Palm Box. Some beautiful wood and a great build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 12:38 AM

Very nice box Charlie. That Bloodwood is awesome!

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

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#12 posted 06-17-2013 12:42 AM

Charlie, A beautiful wood combination! I have never had either bloodwood or beech but I’ll be looking for some now. The “chubby curves” make this one special. Amazing finish from BLO and wax. That Beall buffing system must be a great finisher.

Happy Dad’s day

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

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#13 posted 06-17-2013 12:46 AM

It’s the top. The shape, color, and finish are just sumptuous (wow, I can not believe that I spelled that correctly)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 06-17-2013 12:53 AM

That’s a beautiful box, Charlie. Super work

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

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#15 posted 06-17-2013 12:59 AM

Very nice! I’m thinking about the details for making a jig to sand large radii like that on my projects. Big curves are really appealing. I made a wooden bead necklace with a bloodwood medallion for my wife for our anniversary. Red looks really good on her. I should photo some projects and upload them, now that I have a better camera…my wife’s!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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