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Project by bigogre posted 342 days ago 2063 views 11 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently scored some exotic lumber from someone who had it in their garage for twenty years. It has been a pleasure and a challenge to use this lumber. A lot of it is starting to dry rot, and is very brittle, but still has exceptional beauty underneath. I have always heard old timers talk about how much better old lumber was, and I finally get to see first hand what they are talking about.

This box is rosewood and curly maple, and the reds that are visible in the box move as you walk by it, and is extremely rich and deep. It is 5×10ish, and is finished with 6 coats of wipe on poly. The top was carved with a holey galahad.
http://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/kx47852/?inMed=GSTORE&gclid=CLWu8_fKyLkCFc9i7AodymwA8w

Sometimes, and I hope everyone gets to experience this, You step back from a project in disbelief at how beautiful it turned out.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973





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Macster

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#1 posted 342 days ago

stunning!

-- "Still Learning"

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HickoryHill

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#2 posted 342 days ago

Nicely done. That holey galahad gives me an idea. How well does it hold up? Say for roughing out a bowl both front and back.

-- Jim, Michigan

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 342 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Bradford

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#4 posted 342 days ago

I love it! I made a couple of projects with “old hard wood”, the beauty of wood that comes from old growth trees is phenomenal. Absolutely stunning.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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R_Stad

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#5 posted 342 days ago

You can even see the depth of the rosewood in your photos. You did it justice. Thanks for the link on the disk you used.

-- Rod - Oregon

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bobasaurus

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#6 posted 342 days ago

Really clean-looking box. I love how the carving on the top is accented by the straight sides.

-- Allen, Colorado

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stefang

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#7 posted 342 days ago

Love the style of this box and of course the great wood you used to make it with too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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CalgaryGeoff

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#8 posted 342 days ago

Added to my favorites list, I like the simple color contrast. It’s a sharp and crisp looking box finish.

I found a similar stack of lumber, 20+ years of storage, very dry with some ends dry rot. Mine is figured, spaulted, maple. 6/4 thickness, 12” +/- 3” widths and 16 foot lengths and 20 boards. paid $ 300. Will make nice table tops one day and boxes. Some patterns look like tiger coat stripes.

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

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JR_Dog

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#9 posted 342 days ago

Awesome!

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Andy

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#10 posted 342 days ago

Great work with those exceptional woods!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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deon

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#11 posted 342 days ago

WOW, THAT IS ELEGANT WORK!

-- Dreaming patterns

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bigogre

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#12 posted 342 days ago

Hickory hill… I have been using my galahad for over a year on some pretty tough woods, and it is still going strong. My next project is going to be making a bowl with the galahad out of oak crotchwood, and I will let you know how it goes.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Porchfish

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#13 posted 342 days ago

No doubt about it, you deserve all the accolades heaped on you by your fellow craftsmen for taking the giant step from craftsman to artist ! You do deserve the title ! The works speaks for you !

Don S. Havana Florida

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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Randy_ATX

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#14 posted 342 days ago

Very nice work! These 2 species look wonderful together. I would like to see a photo of the inside of the box.
Thanks for the link to the disk.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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peteg

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#15 posted 342 days ago

That is classy work indeed
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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