My Nightmares and Dreams

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Project by Triumph1 posted 12-22-2009 02:52 PM 8270 views 73 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this project up right around the beginning of last year but thought I might as well put it in my project gallery. I had never seen a box suspended by its legs so I wanted to design and build one. In the process of doing that it took a spidery shape:-) It took four months of after work and weekends to finish. The main body is box jointed along its length. The legs are doweled and have internal splines where they meet. I believe I wore my files and rasps to nubs making them. The drawers are double blind dovetailed. I also had to take a crash course in turning. After the final prep work it received an exoskeleton consisting of three coats of a hand rubbed BLO/Min Spirit/varnish mixture and two buffs of Briwax. The woods I used are Quilted Maple, Wenge, Bolivian Rosewood, Santos Rosewood, Claro Walnut, Figured Bubinga, Curly Maple, Curly Birch, Paduak, African Mahogany, Gaboon Ebony, African Blackwood, Purple Heart, Bocote and zebra wood.. The drawers are lined in black, alligator print leather. Box size is 11” x 11” x 13”. I know, this text is copied from my entry into the Fine Woodworking contest…sorry about that…a little easier than re typing:-)

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 02:57 PM

Outstanding work! Creepy as hell…. yet awesome.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 03:09 PM

That is sooo cool. Awesome !

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 03:13 PM

Very beautiful box (build, design and finish) – museum grade craftsmanship!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 03:43 PM

What a unique design, I love it. I have a daughter in law that would love one of these, I may have to plagiarize you!! ( it is the sincerest form of flattery…)

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 03:52 PM

WOW! Beautiful Craftsmanship & Design.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 03:52 PM

Awesome looking box. Very unique design and the wood is beautiful.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 03:57 PM

I will second that. Beautiful craftsmanship and design! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 04:12 PM

Great looking project. Unusual, creative and well executed.
Sounds like you used every woodworking technique known!
It really turned out great.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 04:41 PM

Fantastic imagination! Great design and execution. All parts outstanding!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 04:54 PM

That is the neatest thing I have ever seen. Excellent job on the design as well as the woodworking.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.



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#11 posted 12-22-2009 04:59 PM

I love it I can only imagine all the work and headaches involved,I’ve never seen anything like .Absolutly beautiful,great job. JIM

-- A day without sawdust is like a day without sunshine

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 05:26 PM

What a great design and use of woods.Thats a super piece of quilted maple

-- Mike Wix

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 05:43 PM

Amazing, beautiful wood selection. Great to see something like that. So original. I think it is fantastic.

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 05:58 PM

That´s really art! Great!!


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#15 posted 12-22-2009 06:34 PM

Gorgeous! Very creative design, beautiful woods and excellent craftsmanship! I expect it to crawl off the table and skitter across the room – don’t let it get away!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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