Nautilus Shell from Southern Yellow Pine

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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-06-2014 10:47 PM 3311 views 13 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 02-06-2014 10:50 PM

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

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 10:58 PM

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 02-06-2014 11:09 PM

My jaw is on the floor.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 11:20 PM

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

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 11:55 PM

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

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 12:41 AM


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


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 01:07 AM

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.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 01:51 AM

OMG! This is incredible. I truly love it!

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 03:05 AM

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

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 05:17 AM

Very nice! I love nautilus shells!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 11:12 AM

not too bad indeed! grand work.

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 11:56 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 01:25 PM

Very nice.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#14 posted 02-07-2014 01:56 PM

Real cool!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#15 posted 02-07-2014 01:56 PM

Wow! That’s krazy-kool!

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

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