My most elaborate box yet.

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Project by sgtq posted 243 days ago 1361 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am very proud of this box, I just completed it for a buddy who ordered it for his girlfriend as a Christmas Present. There are a lot of flaws but I had so much fun making it and learning as I went that it was well worth it. The box is constructed of African Blackwood and Slightly Curly Maple. (when I bought the maple it didn’t really show curls but I had it resawed to a thinner dimension and the curls came out. African Blackwood is extremely expensive so I had been saving the small piece I had for a special project and this came along so it was perfect. The initial on top was done by hand with Pyrography, and for the first time I incorporated a shadow which I think looks really nice. I don’t know if my photography will show the detail but as you look at it the initial matches the color of the wood pretty closely and the shadow is barely visible, I did this by adjusting the heat on my colwood wood burner and burning layers at a a time. The inside is lined with some faux snakeskin felt I found at hobby lobby and the outside finish is 3 coats of spray laquer and 3 coats of hand buffed wax. (also my first time waxing and I really actually enjoyed the process. Thanks for looking!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#1 posted 243 days ago

Beautiful box! Great job on the initial.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 243 days ago

VERY nice workmanship. I was about to ask you about your source for the lining. It looks more like aligator to me though. I like the shadow. Very elegent.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 243 days ago

Nice job on initial, looks great. Beautiful box.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 243 days ago

A wonderfully designed box. The initial came out great. She will love it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 243 days ago

That box came out really good…I like the way you used the splines as a stop for the removable tray.
the lettering adds a much personalized touch also.

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

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#6 posted 243 days ago

I agree with Greg – using the splines as a stop for the tray was a neat idea, but the initial with the shadow on top really makes the box stand out. Great job!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#7 posted 243 days ago

Very good detail and design is flawless. Its nicely done.

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

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#8 posted 243 days ago

Really nice, especially the shadow.
That really makes it pop.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 242 days ago

Amazing, absolutely love it and the shadow really makes the top. Great job

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#11 posted 242 days ago

Very nice work.

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 242 days ago

That is a wonderful looking Box!!! Congratulations on a job very well done.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 242 days ago

Pretty awesome wood burning skills you have, nice job.

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#14 posted 242 days ago

Thank you all for the great comments and Merry Christmas to everyone!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#15 posted 242 days ago

Great project, with an interesting combination of woods. I really like the shadow line on the letter. I have only used a hobby store-grade wood burner on my projects, and can appreciate how cleanly your burn turned out here. Might look into something more along the lines of a Colwood next year since it didn’t make it onto my Christmas list. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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