Bamboozled Again...

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Project by Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor posted 144 days ago 1364 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted the sculpted Bamboolzed box recently and was not very happy with the way the bamboo looked when sculpted. This box was already glued up and ready to be sculpted but I decided to just keep it plain and simple instead of spending time sculpting when I knew the end result of the bamboo would not be to my satisfaction.

NO, those are not big gaps on either side of the top… I added a couple of thin strips of Cocobolo to the edges of the lid to add a wee accent however… A good reason why I rarely throw away any small scraps of exotic woods… The plain flat bamboo actually shows up better when plain.
This is the last of the bamboo and unless they sell quickly I don’t anticipate buying any more.

11×7x4.5” with alligator leather bottom and sealed with lacquer.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 144 days ago

Actually a very classy looking box

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 143 days ago

The cocobola contrasts nicely with the bamboo Greg!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#3 posted 143 days ago

I like this one better than the sculpted one, although they both look good. Your boxes are really nice, are you using some sort of jig to make them all – I’m sure it would speed up the build process – but no help to save time on the sculpting and sanding portion.

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

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#4 posted 143 days ago

I too like this one better than the sculpted one (and I know you have a LOT less time and sweat in it). The edging around the top adds a lot to this one. And of course I always love your lifts.

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

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#5 posted 143 days ago

I agree it is way better than the sculpted look ..

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 143 days ago

I’ve never seen a box made out of bamboo, but yours in a beauty!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 143 days ago

Greg, the last image is a bit startling on a large screen. I liked this box a bit better than the sculpted one, though I didn’t expect to. The faux-foot scallop is a very nice touch. That shape, the lift, and the racing stripe keep it from being anything like plain. I think it is rather elegant and understated. Perhaps that is the best we can expect from bamboo. I would be interested to see how it sells along side your other work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 143 days ago

I like the bamboo on this one better, the grain pops more, love the last picture. As always keep up the great work, your boxes are amazing

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#9 posted 143 days ago

well the last picture of i see nothing , say nothing and know nothing, make a perfect picture for a shop…well done…lol…

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 143 days ago

Much appreciated comments everyone. The grain on the flat bamboo definitely looks better when not sculpted. I have noticed that many different color varieties of bamboo are available and some look nicer that this plain type. If it were available locally or affordably online I might try one of the darker varieties.

Monte…thanks…how’s the tool collection coming? What did you do about the bandsaw and router table?

MichaelA..they do contrast nicely together…but the cocobolo far outshines the boo.

Bill…I do not use any jig to do these…they all are freehanded. The only jig I use is the one for cutting the lift recess.

Andy…I can sell this one only took a few hours to make it…far less time than the sculpted ones.

elextrician…I feel guilty if I am not sculpting…sculpting withdrawals???

Dean…that is why I had to make some…so I could see if I liked it or not.

Big Al…that last image is of some relatives from out of town…sorry the startled you. I am glad I added the strip of cocobolo to the ends…just a little bit of contrast but not overdone.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#11 posted 143 days ago

Greg I really like the looks of this box. I use some bamboo and notice it does not have a much of a grain pattern. How thick is the bamboo you used? I only find it about 1/4” or less around here.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#12 posted 143 days ago

Hawaiilad…the bamboo is 3/4” but it cost me $75 for a 12”x48” piece (ship included) not worth it.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#13 posted 143 days ago

I agree with most of the comments here that this box looks great, and the un-sculpted is better with bamboo. Another benefit to this box will be the contrast your buyers will notice when they see this one mixed in with all those sculpted boxes. That contrast may generate a closer look, and a purchase of one or the other!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 143 days ago

That is a nice clean and elegant look .
I wonder what end grain would look like as accents ?

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 143 days ago

Smooth is different.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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