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Project by bigogre posted 12-16-2013 09:07 PM 2285 views 15 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know about you, but I get overly excited when I get to build something out of a species that I have never used before. Bloodwood is exceptionally hard, and takes some extra effort to shape and sand. It takes finish exceptionally well, and is one of those woods that glows with minimal effort. I got this board from my local lumber company, The boards that they got in are quarter sawn, and gives it a cool shimmer as you walk past it, kind of like ribbon mahogany. The top is figured soft Maple.

The last two pictures show the tool that I use to shape with, and the massive amount of dust created in the process.

This box is roughly 8×10 x 4 ish and is finished with three coats of lacquer, rubbed out with paste wax.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 09:32 PM

Wow that is beautiful, the blood wood is beautiful. The carving or sculpting on th box is excellent, did an awesome job , thanks for sharing.

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

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Dave Haynes

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 09:33 PM

Pretty awesome looking box there my friend! Carving out the sculptured surfaces doesn’t look like very much fun to me though. At any rate, very nice work!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 09:57 PM

She zaaam that’s cool,way cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 10:26 PM

Very nice looking , love the grain, the texture, the finish.

-- When All Else Fails ... Hit Delete

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 10:28 PM

Beautiful box! I love working with bloodwood. As you mentioned, it can be a bit of a pain because of how dense & hard and the interlocked grain, but the results are so worth it.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 10:36 PM

Outstanding box. I made a tool handle with bloodwood and it does finish off great. Love the top on it.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 10:45 PM

A definite winner…! you made a nice combination with the maple…
Bloodwood is such a beautiful wood and it makes you work hard to bring out its beauty…but the end results are worth it. Is your top a lift top or a hinged top? I couldn’t tell from the photos…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 11:19 PM

The box has a hinged lid. I was going to put a picture up from the back view, but I choose the dust shot instead. I use kerf hinges now on every hinged box I make. They are pretty simple to install once the jig is made, and have held up well so far.

@Dave… Carving with a power carver is loads of fun, and it’s actually very relaxing and satisfying. It’s the sanding afterward that takes willpower.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 11:41 PM

That’s a seriously great-looking box. Your sculpting flows very well, and the woods compliment each other really well. Your finishing job is excellent too… do you spray rattle can lacquer, or use a more professional spray system? Also, what kind of paste wax are you using?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 12-17-2013 12:36 AM

super looking box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 12-17-2013 01:18 AM

You have created another beautiful piece.
I’ve never had any bloodwood either but my buddy Monte just gave me a nice bloodwood board. You have inspired me to make something nice from it!

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

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 01:35 AM

Whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is that ever beautiful!!......................Jim

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

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#13 posted 12-17-2013 01:44 AM

That is one beautiful box.

-- 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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#14 posted 12-17-2013 01:51 AM

What a masterpiece. Beautiful wood and design. Sorry for getting here so late have been gone.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#15 posted 12-17-2013 02:07 AM

Wonderful looking box!

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