Louisiana Sinker Cypress Duo...Mommee' & Poppee'

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Project by longgone posted 09-28-2013 04:45 AM 2370 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I pulled out a rough cut board from my sinker cypress stickered pile. This comes from part of a log that has been drying for over a year that started out with a moisture content in excess of 65%. As I ran it through my planer this tight grained board emerged.

I usually prefer a very wavy grain because it has a lot more character and beauty…so I decided that I would use this board for 2 matching boxes since the grain was so very uniform throughout.

There are very subtle differences that aren’t noticed by the untrained eye…but if you look closely you can see the slight differences in the grain that distinguishes the two boxes apart.
The lifts are made from a piece of Black Palm that I had forgotten about and has been gathering dust until a recent cleanup.
The design is a bit different and not sculpted because I am trying to complete 6 more boxes before we leave for the Louisville show. These were a fast and easy build and I completed both in a day.

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#1 posted 09-28-2013 04:56 AM

Very clean, classy look. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 09:05 AM

no wrinkles? must be youthful boxes! good luck at the show

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 12:03 PM

Beautiful boxes Greg…even with out all the awesome sculpting they still shout Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor.
Excellent boxes as always.

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

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#4 posted 09-28-2013 01:18 PM

Wow, these are great. Love the design and clean lines. Good luck at the show

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#5 posted 09-28-2013 01:37 PM

These show of the beautiful grain of that sinker cypress. The black palm lifts are a perfect complement as is the gator hide liner.

Did you build square and then shape with the bandsaw?

Can’t believe you finished 2 of these in one day!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-28-2013 01:59 PM

Even without your usual sculpting they are elegant. Very clean and refined looking.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#7 posted 09-28-2013 02:06 PM

Beautiful, clean and elegant—Glad to see you used your signature alligator to line the bottom.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 02:39 PM

Greg – Even your basic models are incredible – AND – way above my head.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 09-28-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks everyone…! I always find it exciting to take a rough board to discover what beauty and grain pattern lay beneath the rough wood as it emerges from the back end of the planer.

I have discovered that when you break down the time involved in each step it really goes quickly.
Sometimes I keep a log spreadsheet of time for each step of making a box and other times I don’t bother. I just happened to do it on these boxes…but realistically I feel that being too structured in the non-woodworking aspects is boring at best.

Run a board through the planer for desired thickness …5 minutes

square an edge on the jointer … 2 minutes

Rip to the desired width on the table saw.. 2-3 minutes

Lay out correct sizes and Cut each piece (4 sides, top and bottom) to length on miter saw …10-15 minutes
Miter corners of all sides… 10 minutes
Cut Dado’s for bottom to fit into. 5 minutes

Cut skins (or chosen liner) to size for lining bottoms and glue them on …15 minutes

glue & clamp box together… 5 minutes...gotta work fast before the glue sets up…!

Waiting time for glue to set up so I can remove clamps is not added into the calculation.

Run box through router table to cut out recess for lift and back part of box for top recess…15 minutes
Glue the lift to the top…2 minutes

Drill 1/8” hole about 2 1/2” deep for pin hinges, insert pin & glue in plug…5 minutes

I ran these through the table saw at a 10 degree bevel to taper the top and bottom sides …10-15 minutes
Lay out the design curves on bottom and cut out with a jig saw…15-20 minutes
Carve design around lift…45 minutes

Sand like a madman until desired results are achieved…60 minutes each for these boxes

spraying lacquer… about 1 minute per coat ( and i don’t count drying time)
sanding in between coats… 1-2 minutes

This entire process goes fast because I do not waste time and I do not calculate the times for glue to dry or drying time in between coats of finish because I never stand around and watch glue dry of lacquer dry.

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#10 posted 09-28-2013 03:47 PM

Greg, beautiful and beautiful, wow and wow, these both are awesome! Do you use a arbortech for your sculpting?

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#11 posted 09-28-2013 06:15 PM

Hi Greg,
I like the unsculpted boxes. You should make more of them. The lift recess detail is nice. Works well with the cypress and black palm.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 09-28-2013 07:46 PM

Beautifully made, Greg

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 09-28-2013 08:08 PM

Greg actually I’ve had a piece of cypress out waiting only I’ve not decided if I want a lidded box or an open top, either way it’s going to be a drawer box.

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#14 posted 09-28-2013 11:02 PM

Great boxes! And… so nice of you to post your workflow. Quadruple those times and then double the result and you’d have my worktime. Every time gets more efficient though.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#15 posted 09-29-2013 01:52 AM

I really like the look of that wood.. excellent work on the boxes.

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