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Project by Jim Sellers posted 12-05-2013 01:49 AM 4130 views 44 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I had a veneer pack and an itch to build another one of my round cylinder type boxes on a larger scale but I had to find an idea for a design motif. Then one of my facebook friends posted a group of pictures of street graffiti art, one of which I stole the basic image from (nothing signed or credited). I tried to enhance it with a subtle female form stolen from Sandro del Prete, a great illusionist. But I can take all the credit for the sides which I over designed and took way too much time, and wish I could have made that top seam invisible. But in spite of my own self criticism over a few minor flaws, I’m pleased with the end results. Finished with a couple coats of sanding sealer, then a couple coats of satin poly. I learned a few lessons on veneer glue ups that I won’t go into here but plan to do a blog on. Unlike my first one where I hollowed out a section of a wood column ripped in half, this one I made from scratch. Starting with plywood discs cut in half. Made a template/cradle/jig, ripped some 3/4” pine (6 pcs at 15degrees), glued and clamped with weights. Attach discs to sides (I was out of 1/2” plywood so I used 2 pcs of ¼). Then I knocked all the corners off by running them over the joiner, then the sander and you’ve got 2 almost perfect ½ shells. The pivot pins and swing arms I made from brass rod. There’s nylon bushings through the pivot pins between the top tray and shell to keep it in place and clear the swing arms. I’m just glad that it’s finally finished. I started on it back in August but had to set it aside for periods to earn a living and build a new tool shed.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 03:00 AM

That is crazy awesome. What else can ya say?

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 03:03 AM

Really nice work, I love it!

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 03:07 AM

Amazing and beautiful box. The marquetry is super, as is the overall design of the box. I love how the lid handle appears to emerge from the curved lid. The marquetry drip off the lid to the box front is so cool.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 03:45 AM

Great job, awesome

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 03:59 AM

Wow; it’s absolutely gorgeous.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 12-05-2013 04:03 AM

WOW! This is amazing and really cool. Love the design and craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 12-05-2013 04:26 AM

Very interesting and very well done.

-- G

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#9 posted 12-05-2013 04:37 AM

Man that is really cool! I love it. You are a genius at that inlay work!!

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

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#10 posted 12-05-2013 05:15 AM

That’s art! I haven’t seen many marquetry on a curve; heck, even simple inlays are quite challenging on a curve.

You have done a fine job and produced a fine piece. I hopping your future blog will contain some hint on cutting the veneer to fit on the cylinder.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 12-05-2013 05:21 AM

Really well done Jim.
Great design and sweet marquetry.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 12-05-2013 06:18 AM

Fantastic work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 12-05-2013 09:48 AM

Wow this is amazing on so many levels… Love the style, wood, shape… Ect ect

One to be proud of no doubt!

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

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 12:01 PM

THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!! I love the 3D handle. Would be perfect for carrying carving tools.

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