First inlay, under a maple moon...

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Project by Edward83 posted 07-28-2010 08:13 PM 2549 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at inlay, the stars were obviously easy, just drilled and plugged. The moon I did with an exacto and chisels. It wasn’t as painstaking as I thought it would be, but then again it’s not exactly intricate. The city silhouette was an idea I had that I thought was also going to be difficult but wound up being relatively simple. I just marked a line across a piece of purple heart as a depth gauge and just cut on my crosscut sled making sure I didn’t go past the line, and used a dremel to put points on a few buildings. My dad pointed out that the curls in the maple look like city pollution and we had a good laugh. As always there are a few things I would like to do differently, like do a constellation on the lid, or an actual skyline of an actual city. and once I get my scroll saw running properly maybe throw a bridge in there or something for added pizzazz. Thanks for looking!

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#1 posted 07-28-2010 08:36 PM

I like your unique design amd combination of colors.

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 08:36 PM

Very nice ’’ night feeling’‘

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 08:42 PM

i think its a beautiful project, i love boxes and this one is super…good job with your design..i really like it…inlay’s are fun and add a nice tough to boxes such as these…i had a nice chuckle about the pollution also…but i like the wood…great job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 08:49 PM

great combination of the wood , the contrast realy match each other

I´ll bett the little lady who gets this will be very happy and use it a long time

thank´s for sharing


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Heidi Neely

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#5 posted 07-28-2010 09:00 PM

What a great eye-catching combo of woods, and very creative design….I like this one very much! Thank you for sharing : )

Here’s a thought…
If you end up making another one, I think it would be really cool (especially if you had your scroll saw up and working) if you take it one step further and inlay the city-scape into the sides of the box, instead of applying it to the outside. If you had a long enough board to get all 4 sides out of, you could inlay the city first, and then miter your cuts so the city would match up and wrap flawlessly all the way around the box. Just an idea that came to mind when you mentioned the possibility of making another one in the future.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 09:03 PM

very cool box

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#7 posted 07-28-2010 09:08 PM

Very nice, indeed. I love the wood combo. Great job.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 09:43 PM

Me like!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#9 posted 07-28-2010 10:26 PM

awesome box , love the purpleheart city !!!!!!!!! nice job !!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#10 posted 07-28-2010 10:26 PM

That’s pretty sweet. That skyline must have taken some time also.
cool Idea.

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#11 posted 07-28-2010 10:55 PM

Very nice box! With the stars and moon, I actually thought that the skyline was outlined sandstone buttes and other geologic formations such as seen in the Southwest (Bryce, Canyonlands, Arches, etc.). I really like the style of the lid with it hinging on pins. Great job!


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#12 posted 07-28-2010 11:47 PM

Cool idea for a box. Nice execution as well. Can’t wait to see what you can do when your scrollsaw is up and running.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 07-29-2010 04:12 AM

Beautiful box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 07-29-2010 07:28 AM

looking like a Magic box

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#15 posted 07-29-2010 10:55 AM

Great Looking Box, my Friend, very unique…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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