Homemade Swiss Cheese (or Lettuce) Box

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Project by Greg the Cajun Wood Artist posted 08-11-2017 04:50 PM 3557 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I find inspiration for new designs in some of the strangest places. I like to look at microscopic photography and one photo in particular of some lettuce (last photo) really cuaght my attention. Well, here is my first interpretation of a new idea I will be playing around with.
Lately I have been making wood hinges and they look great but take additional time. since this was an experiment and I didn’t know if it would come out as anticipated, I decided to just use metal exterior hinges in case the box ended up as a burn pile candidate.
I learned much from doing this one and have several ideas for a bit of variation on future ones…

This is Louisiana Sinker Cypress that came from my friends at Hogan Hardwoods in Lafayette. I made 6 box blanks at the same time…some I now have 5 more (yet to be textured) that will have the metal hinges before I try this design with wood hinges.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#1 posted 08-11-2017 05:54 PM

I love this box. It’s a great eye catcher and the wood is wonderful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 08-11-2017 06:04 PM

I think it is cool. My wife thinks it’s creepy looking. But she married me, so what does she know.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Joe Weaver

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#3 posted 08-11-2017 07:16 PM

its beautiful

-- Joe, Ga

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#4 posted 08-11-2017 07:44 PM

Cool – I see sponge… Either that or you have a serious termite problem :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 08-11-2017 08:46 PM

Good use of your imagination. I like it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 08-11-2017 09:06 PM

I’m with Steve :D I thought it looked like sponge from the thumbnail. Very cool box :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 08-11-2017 09:16 PM

I thought sponge at first glance also. I like the look and also like how it got my wheels turning! LOL!!!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 08-11-2017 09:43 PM

Oh very nice and unusual design

It does look like Swiss Cheese,

or maybe
Looks like:-
Bonnie and Clyde’s lunch box!
Something that washed up on the beach after many years of sea transit.
The bearings in the bench drill need changing.
The fortner bits need work
Grade 10 Grit used
or as others mentioned (BIG) hungry termites or a maybe even a sponge
Some finishing information maybe?

Regardless as Tony said the cogs are turning!

-- Regards Rob

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 08-11-2017 10:57 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I never visualized it as a sponge…but hey, maybe i can soak some sponges in resin and make boxes with them. All these years I have been using sponges and never once did I visualize…..

I’m lookin forward to see how these sell at my upcoming shows…always brainstorming…or as my wife says “I think there is a storm in your brain”
Whatever happens…I’m glad i have so much fun and enjoy my life and everything I do.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#10 posted 08-12-2017 12:58 AM

I like it Greg. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 08-12-2017 03:07 AM

That is a really interesting concept.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 08-12-2017 05:04 AM

One of the most unique boxes I’ve ever seen!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 08-12-2017 10:52 AM

that is a really neat design…great job!!!!!!!!

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#14 posted 08-12-2017 12:45 PM

Definitely sponge-looking! Would look great in a bathroom or an outdoor shower and the cypress would be the perfect wood for those locations…
Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#15 posted 12-22-2017 10:04 PM

WOW, that is a most unique box. I thought it was sponge material with hardener on it!! I love the cartoon, too!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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