butterfly box

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Project by TJ65 posted 04-10-2010 03:41 AM 2427 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box took a little longer than I thought it would
1- at the time of choosing and cutting the project I didn’t realise that it has several tight areas and the sanding of them took forever.
2- When I chose to cut out the shapes for the coloured pieces they left drill hole/marks that I didn’t really want to see (this is not an inlay project). So because of that I decided to change the pattern a bit and add the round pieces to cover it up, afterall it is a butterfly!

3- finding suitable sanding equipment that I didn’t have.

However I did learn a lot along the way, small power sanders are great!!!! (that is when I finally realised they could do such a thing!) Also I made up a jig for my spindle sander out of a piece of hose to attatch to the spindle itself so that small sheets of sand paper that do the finer sanding -180+ can be attatched to it. That turned out better than I thought it would too.
It is coated with a sealer first, then a couple of coats of danish oil then on the lid and sides just a light coating of wax.
Overall I am really very pleased with the out come of the box, as I really didn’t think that it would end up as good as it has. The separation shelf thing was an after thought. But I liked it. If I dont want to use it I can easily take it out.
Hope you like it to

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 03:54 AM

Wow! it’s a work of art. I’ve made a few bandsaw boxes and found the details are really in the sanding, which takes a lot of time. beautiful work.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 03:56 AM

Beautiful design as well as wonderfully done. Awesome job again.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 04:03 AM

Very nice work, and looks like it was difficult to sand.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 04:03 AM

This is amazing Theresa! How in the world did you manage to get those darker woods in the wings?!? It’s perfect! I’m going to have to try this sanding idea of yours.

Geez, you’re about to derail all of my other plans in the shop to try something like this for my wife! :) I hope you’re proud of yourself!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 05:18 AM

Nice job. How did you do the inlays?

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#6 posted 04-10-2010 05:48 AM

Nice. A very unique piece!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 04-10-2010 03:32 PM

very cool little box

-- -erik & christy-

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#8 posted 04-10-2010 06:57 PM

Good work and a beautiful result Theresa. I’ve just finished something technically similar to your project. Although it isn’t as good as I had hoped, I too learned a lot from the experience.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sam Shakouri

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#9 posted 04-11-2010 01:07 PM

Well done, Theresa, it looks very nice. For sure it took very long to do it. Years ago I made very similler one but in shape of heart. I would think the next one would be, even better.
By the way, have you bought a lathe? I’m waiting for your firs turning project.Good luck.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#10 posted 04-11-2010 01:29 PM

Very nicely done Theresa. I’m curious anout your bandsaw—what kind, how wide is the blade, etc? I wouldn’t mind starting to make similar boxes.

-- RonWen

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 07:59 PM

Beautiful work (as are the your other projects). Most impressive.

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#12 posted 04-11-2010 08:17 PM

saweeeet looken box. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#13 posted 04-15-2010 04:13 AM

Amazingly beautiful work


-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#14 posted 04-20-2010 02:07 AM

Very creative. I really like to look at projects like this. They are very inspiring.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 02:49 PM

Very Impressive Box! I really love it~

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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