Is that Ebony?

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Project by Joe posted 03-08-2018 02:11 AM 1440 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box sides are made of Spalted Maple. The splines are made of Ebony but the top is made of Poplar and dyed with India ink. I took green Frog painters tape and very carefully masked off the top, paying great attention to the edging. Then dyed the top. After it dried I sanded with a 800 grit sand paper very lightly. I repeated the process, then finished with Minwax Tung Oil Finish, then two coats of Minwax Gloss hand rubbed finish.

Thanks for your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 02:54 AM

Looks fantastic!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 03:18 AM

Neat box! You did a great job with the ink dye. Wow!

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 03:27 AM

Great job, Joe! What a cool approach to the lid.
The spalted maple is spectacular. Clever idea for lifting the lid.
Wish I could see the back – I’m curious about your hinges.

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 04:40 AM

Looks good. I like that spalt, the black plays well off of it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 07:03 AM

Joe, this is really an art piece. I love the look. You really dolled up that poplar and the spalted maple is beautiful. The black top really sets off the splines and the black in the side grain. Great and creative choices.

You can edit your posting any time by clicking on the red “edit” in the upper right hand corner. But after you edit a posting be sure you scroll to the very bottom of your posting and click on the blue “save changes” box. Clicking on the “save changes” will lock in whatever you changed.

You could edit in changes in wording or maybe you would want to add a picture of the inside of this box. Or you could add the dimensions of the box. It is difficult to tell scale by pictures alone.

Joe, this really is a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 02:16 PM

Wow! This is an extremely beautiful box Joe! Stunning contrast and love how wild it looks! It’s like seeing an X-Ray of the inside of the tree! I know… that was a weird comment! lol!

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

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 04:04 PM

An excellent design choice, and well executed! That looks incredible!


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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 06:22 PM

Good Idea and well exicuted. I once used Ironwood eucalyptus to make ebony plugs. I stained them with artis oil paint. Thanks for sharing. and congradulations on your top 3 award!

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 09:33 PM

Cool, I have been thinking about dying (black) and how not to sand it off, etc. Nice work

-- Petey

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 01:34 AM

Poplar is such a handy utility wood. I hadn’t thought of India ink, but now I’m going to have to try that.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 03-09-2018 03:27 AM

One of the guys in my carving class makes some abstract pieces, and uses India ink as a colorant. Pretty neat stuff, he does. He’s making a piece now that replicates a bronze abstract, but is his own work, and so not exactly like that casting. He’ll probably use India ink on it, as well. This guy is good! He carved a chain out of the lead in a #2 pencil.

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

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#12 posted 03-09-2018 11:36 AM

Well, looks like i just added “India Ink” to my READ ABOUT THAT list.


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