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WRUNG – past tense of “WRING” (verb) 1. To compress or squeeze by means of twisting. Obviously, I took the “twist” literally. Wasn’t that one of the rules?? :) Anyway, it was a challenge I couldn’t resist. The biggest challenge was getting it done in time, since I’ve been covered up toiling long days with “paying” work. So since this was my last weekend, I had to rush through the finishing process. The only thing I would’ve done different is more sanding (and maybe some different knobs/pulls) It’s made from basswood and measures 14” high x 6” w x 5” deep. No patterns or instructions, just freehanded all the way. You can see how I roughed it in but I done a lot of the details with gouges and a dremmel. I colored the grooves with a stain marking pen and was glad to see that it matched the flocking that I used on the tray and drawers. Wasn’t too sure about the rest of the bare wood finish but finally decided to try and give it a weathered, natural look with thinned and mixed grey paint/stain. Then after a couple of coats of brush on satin lacquer, I called it finished. I twisted it as tight as I could.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#1 posted 361 days ago

Whoa!!!!! Very cool. that would be a good piece for Art Prize here in Grand Rapids in Sept!

Blackie will love this one!!

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

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#2 posted 361 days ago

Totally unique and cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 361 days ago

Now that is really thinking outside the box. Goes to show you, they don’t always need to be square.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 361 days ago

Awesome and very unique….great job.

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

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#5 posted 361 days ago

That is one unique box Jim, very creative,

Larry where is your entry at? I’m surprised you’re not in the contest.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 361 days ago

Wonderful looking box, and if you added a nose and couple of eyes, it could also be a nice bust of a
woodworker trying to make a deadline. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 360 days ago

Twist n shout!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 356 days ago

Very sculptural. I like it!

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

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