Painted Box

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 05-06-2018 05:06 PM 1136 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest box…Michael Cullen’s “saddle box”design.

The box itself is pretty straightforward with most of the shaping on the lid creating the saddle look. I’m fairly new at carving so I practiced a bit on some trial boxes before this one. Creating the pattern of the box sides was really fun….i tried not to hurry and watched the pattern come along slowly.
Painting is always a difficult choice …covering up the natural wood never seems proper but it does help even out the look of the end grain that bandsaw boxes have. Did two layers of black then topped with green sanded with steel wool lightly to reveal some undercoat. A light coat of shellac followed by a coat of wax applied with steel wool.
The last photo is the natural wood before painting.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-06-2018 05:28 PM

Looks great. Nice work!

-- Larry - Illinois

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 05-06-2018 06:09 PM

Nice looking box, Tom. I agree it’s hard to paint and cover up pretty wood, but my solution to that is buying uglier wood when I know I’m going to be painting. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 05-06-2018 06:27 PM

WOW! This is extraordinary carvng and painting. I like that pistaccio green.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-06-2018 06:36 PM

Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Bill Szydlo

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#5 posted 05-06-2018 07:42 PM

Very nice work. It would be difficult to tell your work from Michaels. I’m curious, did you make the box out of 16/4 stock or did you laminate layers together to make the blank? In Michael’s video it seems like he is using 16/4 stock which is hard to come by in my area.

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Tom Regnier

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#6 posted 05-06-2018 08:45 PM

Thanks for the compliment Bill…Michael Cullen’s work is flat out amazing.
Blanks are hard to come by and fairly expensive so I glued one up. I’m limited in size with only a 10 inch bandsaw so I plan accordingly…a larger bandsaw is my next purchase.

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#7 posted 05-07-2018 03:35 AM

Very unique looking with the contrast of the carving with the green color. Nice work!

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

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#8 posted 05-07-2018 04:29 PM

painting lets your eyes feast on the carvings/design. I very much like your box.

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#9 posted 05-08-2018 04:58 AM

Texture of the carving works very well with the paint, I think it looks terrific.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 05-08-2018 05:02 AM

That is definitely unique and beautiful! Love it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 05-12-2018 03:45 PM

By painting the sides, it really looks like random ripples on water. I love it.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 05-21-2018 09:28 AM

Terrific job! The sides of the box are especially interesting and attractive.

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#13 posted 12-12-2018 06:12 PM

What type of wood did you use so that carving was not as difficult as it might have been with some hardwoods?

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