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Project by bigogre posted 208 days ago 1622 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is cherry and walnut, with turquoise inlay. The crushed turquoise is placed in the void, and filled with thin super glue to fill in the cracks. I use an accelerator to speed up the glue, then carefully sand it flat. Most of the time it is necessary to fill in little pockets with more glue after the initial sanding, but its a fairly simple process to get it in there.

The top is crotch wood, and if you ever get the urge to use it, proceed with caution. It is very brittle, and a lot harder than it should be. The hardness is not consistent throughout the piece, and can cause explosive results in the planer. The risk is high, but the rewards are great.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 208 days ago

This is a work of art! Man you nailed it on the inlay. Beautiful work. This is just a fantastic piece all the way around.

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

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 208 days ago

A real eye catcher and it is a work of art.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Porchfish

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#3 posted 208 days ago

Best use of inlay I have seen yet ! an unpredictable bonus ..looks like beautiful blue “Magma” on mountain crests ! (OK so there probable isn’t anything like real blue magma but the effect is what I see) stunning work again my friend !

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 208 days ago

What a really nice box bigogre. you did that crotchwood justice..
I like the look and use of the turquoise and have seen it used other times before but have not personally used it. where do you purchase turquoise powder?

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 208 days ago

What a nice box!. Beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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bigogre

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#6 posted 208 days ago

Greg, I get turquoise chips from a local jeweler. Most of the chips are too large for this kind of inlay, so I crush it myself. I have a small cast iron pan, the worthless one that comes with a set of three, and crush the turquoise in it with a flat face hammer.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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BTimmons

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#7 posted 208 days ago

You’re churning out consistently awesome work. Keep it up!

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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ken_c

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#8 posted 208 days ago

very nice – AGAIN!!

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Dallas

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#9 posted 208 days ago

Simply….... Wonderful!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#10 posted 208 days ago

Wow! Great job. This is truly a treat to see on my lunch break of all places

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 207 days ago

A very unique design and great wood.

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 207 days ago

Great job I have done this with stone twice and loved doing it…. Nice job on both the box and inlay

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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deon

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#13 posted 207 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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aussiedave

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#14 posted 207 days ago

Beautiful box bigogre…the lid is very nice…very nice build.

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

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bobasaurus

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#15 posted 207 days ago

Beautiful wood and nice inlay. That’s interesting figure on the cherry.

-- Allen, Colorado

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