Christmas Seahorse Box.

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Project by drewpy posted 12-27-2017 01:53 AM 2322 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This in a second seahorse recipe box this year. It was given as a Christmas present to the daughter of the lady that received the first one. She loves seahorses also so I came up with a different design and has a laser engraver burn it in for me.

It is Oak and Pink Ivory. She liked the oak of her mothers but wanted it lighter so I finished it with General Finishes Water Based Satin. This also kept the pink truer to color (Her favorite color). It’s hard to see in the pictures but the piece I received had a great tone of pink.

It measures 7×5 1/2×5/12. I finished it off with a finishing wax. I added a card so she knew what woods were used and added 1 recipe (my favorite birthday cake).

I really struggled with this box for some reason. Around every corner there seemed to be difficulties. I kept trying my best and she loved it. It fit her tastes I hope. There’s nothing like handmade gifts.

I can say pink ivory is the hardest wood I have ever worked with. My saws struggled and so did I. It burns instead of sands. It drills like cement. I have some left over and really never want to see it again. :))

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 12-27-2017 01:56 AM

nice job buddy what lady that cooks wouldn’t want one.great job drew.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 02:50 AM

Nice looking box, how did you do the seahorse?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 03:11 AM

Jerry – I created the vector image using inkscape and took it to an engraver. He burned it into the wood for me.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 12-27-2017 07:32 AM

Again beautifull wood combination – this inlay looks great. Seahorse, ofcourse looks nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-27-2017 02:53 PM

Thanks Pottz. I’m actually surprised they wanted recipe boxes in today’s age. They could just as easily set their Ipads on the counter and follow a recipe.

Thanks Jerry. – I like using inkscape to create images. And it’s free software.

Thanks Ivan. The woods ended up looking pretty good together.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 12-27-2017 04:59 PM

Beautiful box, woods used and a great build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-27-2017 06:39 PM

Thanks Stefang – I took a look at your workshop and it looks great. I like the organization and the various tool storage you have built. Mike, your projects are top notch.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 12-27-2017 08:19 PM

Drewpy, this box is so nice and beautifully done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 12-27-2017 10:46 PM

That’s a very nice looking recipe box—I’m sure she loves it!

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

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#11 posted 12-27-2017 11:42 PM

Very nice! My wife still has a box with recipes in it.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 12-28-2017 12:12 AM

Great box Drew! Really like the contrasting woods and the shape of the lid.

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#13 posted 12-28-2017 12:57 AM

Thanks Charles, Dean and Bob.

Dark Lightning – Did you make the one for your wife?

Thanks Tom – I kinda winged it on the lid and it turned out nice.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#14 posted 12-28-2017 09:48 AM

Drewpy, I like your recipe box. Using the magnet that holds it closed to also hold the card is a fine idea. Your joints and splines are well done. The shaped top is a very nice touch and the rim color adds to the look.

For reasons that I can’t explain well, splines look better if they are in odd numbers. That doesn’t always work out for every build, but it does look better as a rule. This is a tutorial on the jig I use to add splines. The dusty and battered jig I use looks like this.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 12-28-2017 02:09 PM

Thanks for the comments, Al – I will send you a picture of my jig.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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