Honduran Rosewood Dragonfly Box

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Project by davidtr3 posted 11-13-2015 10:38 PM 1662 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dragonflies are awesome creatures and absolute masters of flight. Dragonflies are micro-carnivores that catch and prey on the wing, devouring mosquitoes, flies and other small insects, yet they don’t bother humans.

Just like real dragonflies, this dragonfly has clear wings and black veining, an effect I was able to achieve by removing the wings, sand shading and hand cutting the veining. The veining is ebony saw dust.

The box was constructed of Honduran rosewood, curly maple top and bottom and ebony miter keys. This box features a sliding removable tray. This dragonfly box also features a slight bevel along the top and bottom edge, along with a recessed finger pull and three sided grain match. Surface mounted brass hinges keep the lid in place.

This box was finished with shellac and varnish oil. The box was completed with hand rubbed bee’s wax.

Finally, this dragonfly box measures 10 3/8 L x 5 3/4 w x 3” tall.

The box and marquetry were designed and handmade by me in my shop in Frederick, MD using a combination of hand and power tools. The miters were cut using an antique Goodell-Pratt miter box, Henry Diston Saw, and various scrapers, hand planes, and a few power tools.

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#1 posted 11-14-2015 01:23 AM

Very nicely done David.
The wings are particularly impressive with their engraving lines …... very realistic.
Yes, of course the box is very nice too but you knew I would focus on the marquetry. :-)

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#2 posted 11-14-2015 01:48 AM

Very nice. That dragonfly is very convincing.

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#3 posted 11-14-2015 05:13 AM

Beautifully done box. The marquetry is wonderful.

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 12:10 PM

I like the little helicopter critters too..when I go fishing they land in my boat and rest before heading back to land. Always wonderful to look at their gorgeous colors. Your inlay & box are wonderful.

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#5 posted 11-14-2015 02:32 PM

What a beautiful box, David. You have done a wonderful job on this. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 06:49 PM

Very realistic dragonfly and nice box

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 04:45 AM

Pretty darned impressive!!! Nicely done.

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