Striped Cherry and walnut

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Project by Bill posted 09-24-2013 01:06 PM 2170 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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#1 posted 09-24-2013 01:13 PM

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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#2 posted 09-24-2013 01:17 PM

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

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 01:57 PM

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 !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 02:33 PM

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?

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 02:55 PM

What a nice box!. Beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#6 posted 09-24-2013 03:07 PM

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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#7 posted 09-24-2013 03:12 PM

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

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 03:14 PM

very nice – AGAIN!!

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 03:36 PM

Simply….... Wonderful!

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

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 03:45 PM

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 09-24-2013 04:39 PM

A very unique design and great wood.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 04:51 PM

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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#13 posted 09-24-2013 05:44 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 07:07 PM

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

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

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#15 posted 09-24-2013 07:13 PM

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

-- Allen, Colorado

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