"Just Farting around in the shop today" Box

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Project by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 02-08-2014 11:49 PM 2466 views 7 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some pieces of plywood that I have been wanting to sculpt into a box and I finally did it. The original plan was to put a lacquer finish on it but the plywood just didn’t work out on this box because of some turds in the grain layers. It was Baltic birch ply…but you never know what lurks beneath the top layer..
This is Valspar Stone paint from Lowes and it adds a nice addition to the finish arsenal when working with an ugly piece of wood.

However, I kind of like the way this finish looks. It is the same type of finish I am using on the new displays I built…just a slightly different color.


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

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 11:51 PM

The box has an interesting look to it with the stone paint, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 11:53 PM

Looks different, in a good way! Hey, what about a box out of Corian? That might work well too. Don’t know how difficult it would be to sculpt but it’s an idea anyway.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 11:58 PM

Very cool. Always love the imagination.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 12:50 AM

Very interesting and appealing. Plywood never looked so good! Great build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 12:57 AM

This is wild!! Heads will turn for sure. You’re right, there is something appealing about the stone look. Keep experimenting!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 01:17 AM

Turned out good. I bought this for my lathe stand but ended up not using it. Perhaps I should of. Good thinking.

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

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 01:27 AM

Very cool. Looks like sculpted granite.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 02-09-2014 01:45 AM

Well done. The “Stone” look really pulls this one together – it’s like Brett said, looks different – but in a good way!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 01:59 AM

For a minute there, I thought you were mixing Stonework with Woodwork… LOL LOL

That paint sure looks like stone!! Real COOL!

So you made a box out of Baltic Ply… looked crappy… so you painted with Stone Paint!

... I’d say you passed more than farts in the shop on this one! LOL

Very Nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 02:02 AM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this other than how I mentally envisioned it….but I am happy with the results and will try a few more…it will be interesting to see how they are received at the shows coming up. I enjoy experimenting because it keeps things exciting and keeps the creative ideas flowing…even if some do bomb out…you never know if you don’t try.
Besides, if they sell… a 5 ft. x5 ft. x 3/4” sheet of Baltic Birch ply for $43 can make a lot of boxes

Brett…I think I will stick with using wood. I had a piece of Corian from a sink cutout when we remodeled our kitchen and played around with it…no fun…

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

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#11 posted 02-09-2014 02:02 AM

Just when I was thinking, he’s done it, can’t get any better, you prove me wrong again. Unique and very nice rock box!

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

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#12 posted 02-09-2014 02:11 AM

Was out in the shop trying to save a screw up today. Just came in to check the site. Nice Save on the box! Did you laminate the plywood? I’ve seen some interesting chairs made with laminating high quality plywood.

Keep experimenting.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 02-09-2014 03:41 AM

That is awesome! Love the stone paint. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 02-09-2014 03:55 AM

That corian does tend to produce dust that goes everywhere but into the garbage where you want it, you
might have to try soapstone, as long as I do not have to do the work, I have all sorts of ideas. Great looking
save and you might have to make a plain wood shelf to show off the stoned boxes. I guess getting stoned
caused the bean munchies which caused the farts, sounds logical to me.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 02-09-2014 03:57 AM

Looks nice.

I was scratching my head thinking how you got that texture up until I read the stone finish.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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