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Project by TonyWard posted 07-02-2007 02:36 AM 3558 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Enigma ~ the making

This seven drawer bandsawn box was made from one block of Australia Red Cedar.

The second image shows the rough form of the box. Note the use of a small amount of Tung Oil used to identify the spectacular grain, now a significant feature of the work.

The tear drop hollowed section was hand carved.

The third image, drawers open, shows the work at the completion of the first stage – sanding through various grades to 600, then immersion in a bath of wood oils (the base oil is Tung Oil, also known as China Wood Oil).

The work was then put aside for five weeks to allow the Tung Oil to harden. Only then did the fine finishing process commence – fine sanding up to 1500, followed by the application of u Beauts’ EEE – Ultra Shine which is a cut and polish paste wax containing Tripoli powder (also known in Australia as Rotten Stone) an ultra fine abrasive.

Each drawer was hand carved to provide the drawer pull (handle) and to enlarge the internal space of each drawer.

The work is 32 cm tall, 21 cm wide and 13 cm deep.

Thirty six (36) rare earth magnets were used, in the upper six drawers, to position the drawers in a (1) closed; (2) one half open; or (3) open.

My apologies, the links nominated in the discussion below no longer exist.

Good Health
Tony Ward

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#1 posted 07-02-2007 02:55 AM

Wow! Thanks for the show. I can certainly appreciate the time, the sanding, the sanding and the sanding. I started making boxes from the Louis Ventura (sp) line and went off on a couple of other off the wall items (pig) and Dolphin and a couple of others than turned out to be fine firewood. I like your site and will be visiting soon. Thanks for the pics but would sure like to see them all :). Guess I will have to do the photobucket thing and get some pics up myownself. LOL

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#2 posted 07-02-2007 04:22 AM

You’ve outdone youself once again with this one. Amazing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-02-2007 04:32 AM

Better & better, Mate!

[Your links didn’t work for me. I’ll try back later.]

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 07-02-2007 05:08 AM

Verry, very nice…

I’m not seeing your other photos either.

Don…you can go straight to Tony’s website, that works.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 07-02-2007 05:16 AM

Another great box Tony. Like Don, 3-4 of the photos are not showing for me.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-02-2007 05:55 AM

Thank you everyone for your support.

I am not sure what happened with the links, the full document can be seen at Enigma Information

Tony Ward

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Roger Strautman

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#7 posted 07-02-2007 02:07 PM

Tony, what inspired you to make this project? The challenge, something different, the wood, or anything at all? At any rate this is and A+ as far as I’m concerned. Very nice work and imagination.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 07-02-2007 02:26 PM

Yes, I think this is definitely one of your most outstanding pieces of work.
I too would like to know the inspiration.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 07-02-2007 02:43 PM

Very, Very nice. Glad to see you back.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 07-02-2007 02:43 PM

Excellent work as always. Very inspiring!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 07-02-2007 03:29 PM

That’s just awesome! The bandsaw box is something that has always confounded me. I guess that I don’t have a finely tuned bandsaw because I’d never consider trying to make some of these things. They are, however, on the list of Why not?!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 07-02-2007 11:44 PM


Again thank you everyone for your support and encouragement.

The process commenced by deciding to make a large bandsawn box. The gift, that is the spectacular section of grain was the catalyst. Everything evolved from there.


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#13 posted 07-03-2007 01:09 AM

This is a great one Tony! Sculpturally superior!

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#14 posted 07-19-2007 05:59 AM

Tony – as ever, your boxes are wonderful.

-- Claire

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#15 posted 01-26-2009 11:52 PM

Gorgeous Piece!!

The color is absolutely beautiful!!

Good Luck in the contest.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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