Nautilus Shell from Southern Yellow Pine

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Project by KnotCurser posted 168 days ago 1699 views 12 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a few videos on Youtube from Steve Garrison creating these wonderful Nautilus shells using construction-grade lumber and couldn’t believe what I was watching!

The more I watched, the more I wanted to create one of these, so I downloaded his E-Book and watched every video I found of this process.

I found a decent piece of a 2×4 and went to work.

About two weeks later, and around 10 hours of work on-and-off (mostly sanding and shaping) here’s the result. Not too bad, eh?

It curves through 270 degrees and consisted of 36 individual pieces.

Oh yeah – this was entirely cut on my scroll saw!

I made a stand from a piece of scrap cherry – kind of suits the shell I think.

Finish is a coating of sanding sealer and then five coats of thinned shellac.

I am most certainly going to be trying another one of these in the future!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 168 days ago

very cool, I want to make one of these when I get some extra time, great work

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#2 posted 168 days ago

That is beautiful, out of a plain 2×4 no less! The grains following the curve is amazing – makes it look so real.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 168 days ago

My jaw is on the floor.


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#4 posted 168 days ago

Awesome…You should create one with some nice grained hardwoods also

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#5 posted 168 days ago

That’s really sharp, Bob. I’d like to watch that video

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#6 posted 168 days ago


Just do a YouTube search for “steve garrison shells” and you will be sure to find a few of his videos.


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#7 posted 168 days ago

Great! I have ran across the videos in the suggested videos in the side bar but I was always looking for something else. I did make a mental note of this project and now you have gone and done it! Good job! I think one of these dyed a bright color or colors would be nice too. Was it challenging or not really? I think I have if figured out in my mind but I will watch some videos before I attempt one, if or when I get around to it. I think yours will spark some interest around here and we may see some popping up in the projects soon.

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#8 posted 168 days ago

OMG! This is incredible. I truly love it!

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#9 posted 168 days ago

Very nice, i look forward to seeing more of your creative work posted on LJs.

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#10 posted 168 days ago

Very nice! I love nautilus shells!

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#11 posted 168 days ago

not too bad indeed! grand work.

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#12 posted 168 days ago

Great work!

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#13 posted 168 days ago

Very nice.

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#14 posted 168 days ago

Real cool!

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#15 posted 168 days ago

Wow! That’s krazy-kool!

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