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Project by bigogre posted 254 days ago 2097 views 19 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made with a very interesting piece of birdseye maple with lots of inclusions. The lid is made with wenge that is at least 60 years old. It was so old that it was a light brown from all the dirt and dust and oxidation that the the years piled on to it. Anyhow.. I tried a new shaping style on the sides of this one. Tried a very simple flowing curve with a single switch in direction on each face, and continued each line around the corners. Turned out pretty slick.

The box is hinged with Kerf hinges, and finished with three coats of bug bomb lacquer, waxed and buffed. It is 8×10x4ish. The liner is from a fabric sampler pack.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 254 days ago

Very nice. I love grinding on Wenge. It always offers up unknown treasures inside each piece.

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#2 posted 254 days ago

elegant looking.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#3 posted 254 days ago

Another Grand Slam

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 254 days ago

That’s absurdly beautiful. The character in the wood itself, along with your sculpting, reminds me of images of Earth from space. Mountains and rivers.

Look what you’ve done. I’m waxing poetic all of a sudden.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 254 days ago

Bill, nice job. I like your new sculpting technique.

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#6 posted 253 days ago

You find some of the most beautiful types of wood for your boxes and then you have a knack for bringing out all their character.

-- 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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#7 posted 253 days ago

That is a awesome looking box! Thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 253 days ago

Another beautiful box with beautiful wood and excellent sculpting….excellent work, thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 253 days ago

Well done…......beautiful box….

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#10 posted 253 days ago

Wicked. Nice work. Well done. Great color.

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

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#11 posted 253 days ago

You continue to find very cool wood and then bring out the best in it.

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#12 posted 253 days ago

Absolutely amazing wood and box. The craftsmanship is def top notch. Great job

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#13 posted 253 days ago

WOW, Bill, that is an elegant box with the woods chose, the grain and you sculpting!!!!!!!!
do you have any videos of you dong that?

Merry Christmas, Bill….....................Jim

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#14 posted 253 days ago

Are you for real? This box very well may be the most stylish box I have ever seen. Nothing less than unbelievable. It is what I have looking to make. Just hope mine will look close to that esquite.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#15 posted 253 days ago

Fantastic Box!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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