Rosewood/Bloodwood box

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Project by drobertson posted 05-03-2015 07:34 AM 2220 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first time I have posted a project, but I really liked how this came out and figured I would share it.

This is a basic box with mitered corners and a simple drop on top. Nothing too fancy in the construction. The bottom is lined with dark brown leather and it has disks cut from a Sea Grape branch as feet. I had some beautiful chunks of Florida Rosewood that were slabbed locally. They actually came from an old trailer park that was getting converted to a parking lot or something similar.

I loved the figure in the rosewood and thought it contrasted nicely with some chunks of blood wood I also had about.

The main conceit is the corner where I used a small live edge portion of the Rosewood. For some reason it looked like something took a bite out of the wood. I just continued the concept onto the mating pieces. I am no great artist, but the results were pleasing and people seemed to like it.

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#1 posted 05-03-2015 10:43 AM

Fine idea and it makes it interesting.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 11:53 AM

What makes it nice is the uniqueness of not being an average looking box…It came out having a lot of character

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 01:22 PM

An unusual box with some character. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-03-2015 03:38 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the encouragement.

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 12:17 AM

Cool design to incorporate the live edge “defect”. Now, I have to Google “Florida Rosewood”- never heard of it before tonight.

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

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 03:06 AM

Ha, I am not sure what you will find if you look that up. It is just what we call the Rosewood that grows around here. There are so many woods called rosewood it is hard to tell what you are getting. I could have as easily called it trailer park rosewood and that would have been just about as accurate.

We are fairly lucky here in Florida. With a little networking you can get some pretty amazing wood. Today I picked up some fairly big Sea Grape logs. In about 6 months I may have some amazing boards to show off. When storms hit there are always some tropical hardwood trees that people are anxious for you to take off their lawns. I am lucky to have a friend with a sawmill. I find him trees and he splits the wood with me.

We have a few mill works places around that are happy to give away their offcuts. I have Sapele and Walnut coming out my ears and once in a while they get a boat contract and we can grab a bit of teak. Cypress is also common here and it is basically my go to wood for basic projects. It works like pine, but is a bit harder with a better grain pattern.

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#7 posted 05-04-2015 04:39 PM

Nice red glossy surface. I like this live edge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-04-2015 04:54 PM

Thanks Ivan. Bloodwood finishes extremely well. A little sanding, some BLO or tung oil and a coat of wax or two (or four) and it looks wonderful.

The rosewood is much harder to finish. The irregular grain pattern left me with micro snipe spots in many places. It required a fair amount of sanding. I also needed to layer on many coats of wax to get the smooth finish I was looking for.

If anyone has suggestions about finishing boxes like these I would love to hear them.

Ivan, where are you from in Croatia? My wife and I traveled all over Croatia and loved it. We camped at Krkka, Plitvca and all along the coast. You have one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen.

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#9 posted 05-06-2015 05:52 PM

Very beautiful box, I like the way you used the natural characteristics of the wood.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#10 posted 05-24-2015 07:03 PM

Waw that bite is definitely something different! I like a lot how you included it in the finished box :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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