Cumaru Box...A Quickie

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Project by longgone posted 01-04-2014 06:00 AM 2087 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every so often a quickie is good…so today I decided to have a quickie and make a simple sculpted box … similar in design to one of the boxes I created several years ago for one of my earlier project posts.
The light sculpting around the four sides of the box didn’t take long…I guess a lot of practice makes it go quickier.
The Cumaru was left over from some boards I bought years ago for building a porch. I also have used some of it for my workbench legs and apron…one heavy and dense wood to put it mildly.
After gluing the box together I realized that the piece I needed for the top was not wide enough …so I added an accent piece of maple since I had a bunch of it already cut.

The bottom is lined with ostrich leather and the finish is lacquer.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 06:05 AM

Very sleek. Great looking work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 06:36 AM

All i can say is Wow!

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 11:02 AM

Greg, nice work. Your more restrained carving has an ebb and flow that only comes with practice and an artist’s eye. This design has a zen-like simplicity that belies its underlying complexity in execution and construction. Masterful work as always. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 11:27 AM

Very nice box Greg…beautiful wood and not as heavily sculpted as some of your other boxes. I like the look of the flat square top of the box with the light sculpting on the sides. Something different and looks great and even with out seeing who submitted the project in LJ’s it was so obviously your work. Great box and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 01:25 PM

Dang, Greg. Your boxes are all so super. Miters are so tight, and all is so smooth.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 01:53 PM

Nice quickie! maybe tomorrow you’ll have an afternoon delight?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 01:54 PM

Greg; You took a simple design and accented to another level. Cumaru must have been hard to cut.

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

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 01:57 PM

It does have a nice evenly flow to it with great highlights. I just finished a box with Cumaru and it had a red color to it a lot like red palm. Yes, tough wood. My router bits got a workout. Very elegant. Ostrich leather? Wow thats different.

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

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 02:26 PM

Greg, very nice as always, another great box.

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

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 04:06 PM

Thank you everyone…! When I sculpt a box I always sculpt the top in addition to the sides…but with this box it at first felt like I was not completing it by leaving the top flat and unsculpted. It is so easy to get carried away when sculpting because it is so enjoyable…but I do have to keep things fresh and somewhat different.
This box was fast to complete…despite using the rock hard Cumaru… and I will be eager to see how it does at a show….fewer hours put into it = lower selling price.
My wife also likes the flat top on this design…so I gotta keep the boss happy since she is always so supportive of all my work and shows.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 04:35 PM

Quickies are good! One could never say it was anything other than excellent.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 05:08 PM

What I like about this is it is an intuitive result. I’m envious of your mastery in putting patterns together and then putting patterns together.

Your simple will be my best. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 05:18 PM

It’s a unique design and a beautiful box. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 06:10 PM

Wow, love this one. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 09:20 PM

really nice box greg, they dont always need to be so fancy, you used really nice wood and the other touches bring it all back together, and there ya have it, a very nice box..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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