• Advertise with us
Project by Triumph1 posted 11-30-2017 11:23 PM 2403 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I left my job of 22 years and started working at a start up company so shop time has been hard to come by but I squeezed this one in. My friend owns a local tattoo studio and asked if I would participate in an art exhibit he was going to have. I had an idea for a tattoo machine based box for a while and thought now would be the time to create it. What you are looking at is the outcome…the “Fineline” box. The spalted maple used in the box represents Mother Natures fine line “tattooing” that we all love.

The tattoo machine legs are made from black walnut, curly maple and stainless steel. They are styled after Micky Sharpz T Dial tattoo machines. The black walnut machine frames have dowel reinforced joints. The birds eye tubes have been drilled from the top and bottom to give the illusion that the stainless steel needle goes all the way through. The birdseye maple coils are turned with a tenon that fits into a hole in the frame and armature bar. They have burned in accent stripes. I made a fixture to sharpen the stainless needles.

The main body is made up of four frame and panel assembles. The frames are made from black walnut. The panels are made up of two pieces of spalted maple with an 1/8” Baltic birch core. The outer portion of the panel is the craziest piece of spalted maple I had. It really soaked up the finish. I made a fixture to carve out the center of the panels to create a more interesting shadow line. There is a false bottom in the main body that creates a secret area under it. You get to the secret are by lifting off the main body from the leg/base assembly.

The lid is made from black walnut, spalted maple, birdseye maple and Ziricote. I wanted the milled pockets in the lid to line up with the panels so it would pull your eyes up to the stylized tattoo machine tube spire. It took two fixtures to create the pockets.

The tray is made from black walnut and spalted maple. The main portion of the tray is box jointed and the divider is held in with small tenons. The divider design was influenced by the Micky Sharpz T Dial.
“Fineline” is 12.125” x 12.125” x 21.5”. It was finished with four soakings of Danish oil and two buffings of wax.

I hope everyone is doing well!

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

18 comments so far

View bobasaurus's profile


3633 posts in 3955 days

#1 posted 12-01-2017 12:02 AM

That is ridiculously nice, the details are incredible. Never seen a tattoo machine themed box before, very unique.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

View Dale J Struhar Sr's profile

Dale J Struhar Sr

508 posts in 3901 days

#2 posted 12-01-2017 12:15 AM

Absolutely awesome. Contrasting woods are outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dale, Ohio

View rance's profile


4273 posts in 3931 days

#3 posted 12-01-2017 01:10 AM

Well done Jeff. I wish you well with your new job.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

View Woodenwizard's profile


1365 posts in 3814 days

#4 posted 12-01-2017 01:19 AM

Not sure how your mind works. Wish I had your creativity. Well done.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

View shipwright's profile


8554 posts in 3569 days

#5 posted 12-01-2017 01:24 AM

Ah, Jeff. Your mind works in the most wonderful way.
... and your hands work pretty darn well too.
Another one of a kind work of art, well done!

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

View Woodbridge's profile


3718 posts in 3189 days

#6 posted 12-01-2017 01:25 AM

Another incredibly imaginative and well executed box. I love seeing and being inspired by your work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View Woodknack's profile


13384 posts in 3151 days

#7 posted 12-01-2017 02:03 AM

Creative and interesting, good eye for color and contrast.

-- Rick M,

View EarlS's profile


3731 posts in 3119 days

#8 posted 12-01-2017 02:31 AM

Wicked cool!!!

Not sure how it all works but it immediately catches the eye and makes my hands start twitching to see how it works.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View Boxguy's profile


2876 posts in 3038 days

#9 posted 12-01-2017 03:54 AM

Jeff, nice use of material and adaptation to make a piece for this special occasion. Very nice work. Great job on the write-up and the photos too. It shows you care about what you are doing. When you have time…keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

View savannah505's profile


1849 posts in 4357 days

#10 posted 12-01-2017 05:14 AM

Very cool Jeff.

-- Dan Wiggins

View FloridaArt's profile


876 posts in 4069 days

#11 posted 12-01-2017 12:06 PM

Definitely artistic! Nicely done.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3637 days

#12 posted 12-01-2017 02:17 PM

This is a very creative piece and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View kocgolf's profile


408 posts in 2949 days

#13 posted 12-01-2017 02:39 PM

Incredible. One of those most “artistic” boxes I have ever seen. All woodworkers are artists, but sometimes you see something that really is true art, that transcends the medium unlike most things can.

View bushmaster's profile


3939 posts in 3053 days

#14 posted 12-01-2017 10:23 PM

Do not know anything about tattooing or every will but I can recognize the work and craftsmanship that went into this project. Well done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

View Mean_Dean's profile


7041 posts in 3918 days

#15 posted 12-01-2017 10:34 PM

Never seen a tattoo machine, but this box is truly a work of art!

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

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics