feather box

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Project by windofthewoods posted 04-03-2007 08:38 AM 2510 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone showed me a box that a co-worker has on her desk and said that she wanted one to give to a friend of hers that she is interested in for a present. She said she wanted a thunderbird on it. So first I had to find out what a thunderbird is supposed to look like and came up with this. At the store where I work when we get a large shipment of moulding there is always some small pieces of moulding used for the spacers that always end up getting thrown out so I picked out some good ones and took them home. The box is cedar that I picked up at an auction last year. All of 60 dollars for over 2000 board feet I was amazed. The top ambrosia maple. I added magnets to hold the top for an added touch but what I found funny was the lid is so much heavier than the rest of the box that you can barely tell that the magnets are there. I also tried using a flocking kit for the first time and what a difference it makes, it worked out beautifully though you probably can’t tell from the picture. She liked it so much she is keeping it for herself. I guess that means I did a decent job on it.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 04-03-2007 11:41 AM

yah, looks like a “decent” job to me!!
gorgeous. I really like how the bird is soaring through the clouds (that is how I see it anyway)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-03-2007 03:33 PM

Beautiful! How did you make the bird? Is that a hand-cut inlay?

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

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#3 posted 04-03-2007 03:35 PM

Great looking box. I like it. How does the flocking wear. Does it flake off?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 04-03-2007 04:26 PM

Another great piece. That maple is just terrific. And this artwork is another good reason to consider taking the plunge into doing inlay work. Thanks for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 04-03-2007 10:39 PM

great piece! i really like the maple!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#6 posted 04-04-2007 01:24 AM

That is just beautiful. Why is it called a “feather” box?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 04-04-2007 01:33 AM

Nice! I can see the clouds too Deb…makes a nice effect.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 04-04-2007 02:43 AM

Thanks for the praise and the advise. I will have to do some research into inlays as I know absolutely nothing about it. For those that are wondering a feather box aboriginal people that practise their traditional ways sometimes use to store their eagle feathers. The eagle is a sacred animal and they as I understand it take our prayers to the Creator. Sacred items are usually kept in a container of sorts that are lined red to give it a proper and safe home until it is needed. I am new to the traditional ways but am learning so I hope that helps to explain that. I painted on the silhouette first then applied a few coats of finish. Next I used a fine tip on my dremel to make the lines for the lightning. I spread the white paint all over the top and once it was dry I sanded it to reveal the nice detail and then applied a few more coats to finish it off.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#9 posted 04-04-2007 02:54 AM

Oh yes, about the flocking after it dries for at least 15 hours you brush your fingers all over it to get rid of the excess and I also blew it out with my compresser. The end result is like velvet that still shows every shape of the box very sharply. After I did that I did not notice any flaking and in the instructions it says that it does not. I can’t say for sure it was my first but only time will tell. Compared to other products out there for the interior of the box it was worth the investment that’s for sure.

-- Ed,Red Lake, Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 04-04-2007 04:45 AM

Really nice work. The inlay is “way cool!”

-- Nicky

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#11 posted 04-04-2007 11:38 PM

Very nice I’m partial to maple and cedar myself. Nice job on the flocking and inlay. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 06-30-2007 05:50 AM

I just love small wooden boxes! Very nice work, Mate.

I’m surprised you found the flocking worked for you. I did it one in some drawers in my Shaker Table and decided then never to use it again. I much prefer to use card stock to which I apply my felt or velvet. Because you roll the material over the card-stock, it leave a very professional looking finish. You might want to explore this as an alternative,

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 02-19-2008 11:17 PM

Really nice box. Good proportions and choice of woods. I love how the wings of the “Thunderbird” mimic the stripes in the ambrosia maple.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 01-17-2010 04:17 PM

that is a very nice box you have made I love the wood lid and the eagle


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