Birds Eye #2

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Project by bigogre posted 12-21-2013 04:13 PM 2070 views 17 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been putting the grinder to use lately, and trying out dome new things with it. I wanted one continuous line all the way around the side, to complement the the book-matched corners. It was a bit trickier than free-styling because during the sanding process it is really easy to move the line as I sanded it. Also new for me is softening the sharp peaks on the lid and blending the patterns into each other.

I really like the effect this created, and I can’t wait to get started on the next one. It seams like every project build leads to another idea, and every mistake overcome opens a new door. I think that’s why I enjoy all this so much.

Box is 8×10x4 ish, Birdseye maple and wenge, finished with 3 coats of bug bomb lacquer waxed and buffed, with a kerf hinge lid.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas… and can find a way to get thrown in the doghouse. Mine is my studio, so I don’t mind so much.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 04:20 PM

The last picture shows the grinding wheel I use, called the “holey galahad.” It’s available from a few different websites. A cheaper way to get into this is to use flap wheel sanding disks. They don’t last very long, but they are a heck of a lot cheaper than than the galahad. However, I’ve had the galahad for over a year now and it still cuts just as good as when I bought it.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#2 posted 12-21-2013 05:02 PM

Nice effects. Looks like you’re having a fun journey. Thanks for sharing it. May the spirit of Christmas be upon you and your new year full of creativity.

I see 2×4’s as bracing? How about dust control?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-21-2013 05:02 PM

Great looking box. Top looks like moving water. Your getting the shaping down. I like it a lot.

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 05:07 PM

Love your shaping I for one have tried this a lot but with mixed results.. I , for one would love to see a tutorial on this shaping.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 05:32 PM

Another beautifully sculpted box, the contrasting woods look great….excellent box and sculpting.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 05:46 PM

Very nice box bigogre..Looks like you are having fun making these addictive boxes. I like your flowing lines and the wood combination.
I can’t ever seem to find any decent Birdseye maple or quilted maple in my area.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 05:49 PM

Really aesthetically pleasing. Nice, clean lines. Nothing too over the top, but still really interesting. Well done. :)

-- "Out of the darkness back into the darkness- affairs of the cat."

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 05:59 PM

A ha, that is what you sue to make the sweeping curves.This one is very nice, Bill!!

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

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#9 posted 12-21-2013 07:32 PM

Wonderful work as always sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-21-2013 08:01 PM

Nice lines! You are developing a good eye for this.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 08:41 PM

That looks very nice

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#12 posted 12-21-2013 09:18 PM

I think you have hit on a winner with these sculpted boxes. I haven’t seen a one that I didn’t like.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-21-2013 09:56 PM

I love your box style! So rich looking and a pleasure to look at. Beautiful work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 12-22-2013 12:13 AM

How thick are the box walls before you start the sculpting?

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#15 posted 12-22-2013 12:26 AM

Wow, this is awesome, Love the contrasting of the woods. Your design and craftsmanship are def top notch. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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