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Project by cathyb posted 07-03-2013 02:49 AM 2811 views 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in May, I decided to tackle my ever growing pile of off cuts. I thought I would start with the Cuban mahogany. I haven’t made much progress in reducing the wood supply, but I thought I’d better follow through with that forum. I’ve made almost 30 boxes. No two of those boxes are alike, but I thought I’d share a few to show just how much fun it is to mix up some wood.
The box was made from Cuban mahogany burl, sliced on my resaw bandsaw into 3/8 inch pieces and glued together with a 3/16 inch piece of cherry as a backer board. ( You can see that process in my forum, “About those off cuts”.) After those pieces were milled and cleaned up, I then laminated them again and this time to a piece of 3/8 inch koa, which lines the box.
I added a divider. The lid is a laminate of curly koa to select koa.
If you notice the absence of hinges-you have a good eye. I’m still waiting for Woodcraft to get them here. This is a little rant, but since the Hardware Source, Rockler, Woodworkers Supply, Klingspor, the list goes on and on, can put something in the mail and get it here in less than a week, why does it take Woodcraft THREE WEEKS!
Okay, got that out of my system.
Someday the hinges will be attached and it will look even nicer.
I love this box. If you look at it closely, you might appreciate how all of those pretty pieces of wood framed out as they are make a beautiful collage of a special wood.
Enjoy…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com





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mmh

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 02:52 AM

The Cuban Mahogany Burl is extraordinary! That’s quite a beautiful little box to hold treasures in!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 02:55 AM

outstanding work cathy that top is to die for.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 02:58 AM

cathyb your art is mesmerizing. I see pictures and beings in every panel!!! Well put together!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 03:07 AM

cathyb,

Very, very nice! the box boys (and girls) are gonna love it! :>)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 03:11 AM

It is a beautiful box. You’ve done a wonderful job showcasing all those beautiful pieces of wood.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 03:24 AM

Cuban mahogany is today a very rare and special material. Im pleased to see it in good hands.
I’m also pleased to see your respect for it in making it go as far as you could.
Fine work Cathy.
BTW, you could always make hinges. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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cathyb

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 03:45 AM

Hahahah…...make hinges? I hardly have enough time to sleep. I have three fairs this summer, which are stretching my resolve. I rarely give myself so much work to accomplish in such a short time.
Once the dust settles, I think making hinges is a great idea. I accept the challenge Paul.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts.
Aloha…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#8 posted 07-03-2013 03:49 AM

Spectacular beauty

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

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#9 posted 07-03-2013 04:04 AM

Guess I spoke too soon. You are using hinges. Sorry. This one is beautiful.

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

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#10 posted 07-03-2013 04:28 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 07-03-2013 08:52 AM

Another great looking box Cathy..

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 07-03-2013 10:43 AM

Cathy, this is lovely work. The Koa in the top sings and I really like the idea of a curved divider inside the box. Lots of gluing in this process, but a good use of all the small pieces of lovely wood we all accumulate in our shops. Best of luck in your shows. When you figure you need to make a box every two days or so it gets to be a lot of pressure.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 07-03-2013 11:45 AM

Beautiful boxes Cathy…love the wood in these two, A lovely way to use up scraps and give them new life.

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

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#14 posted 07-03-2013 12:09 PM

Spectacular Cathy. Very nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#15 posted 07-03-2013 12:29 PM

Really nice job

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