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Project by shipwright posted 09-29-2010 12:01 AM 17638 views 115 times favorited 82 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little box is the first piece I have made with an eye to selling it. I let my imagination go a bit wild and consequently there are a lot of features. I wanted to explore different hinges, veneer matched miters, box on stand design, use some Western Maple I just acquired and generally be artistic. Then, just as I was reaching for a brush to dab on a bit if Wenge veneer for accent, my sleeve caught on the veneer can and knocked it over. It ruined the whole piece.
Seriously, the most challenging thing here was that the grain matches from the top over all sides sort of like a waterfall and the drip pattern follows continuously around the box. That means that with no framing inside the miters had to be perfect the first time. Any re-cutting would ruin a grain match or matches somewhere. It is finished in Minwax wipe on poly.

The piece is about 31” high by 22” wide by 16” deep. There are a few more photos here:

Check my blog for tutorial on the creation of Oops!

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

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 12:13 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship with a touch of whimsy – what’s not to like? (OK, MORE than a touch of whimsy!). Really nice piece, whimsical or not.

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 12:21 AM

That piece looks great !!

I wonder how you glued the paint pot on the top.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 12:36 AM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 01:06 AM

Jeeesh Shipwright, does it never end? This work is just fantastic… inspirational… as I said on another project, I have run out of superlatives. Amazing work and thanks for sharing it with us. Keep it coming please.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 01:12 AM

OUT*STANDING That is truly a GREAT Piece

-- David, Inverness, Fla.

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 01:13 AM

I love it, my kind of eye catcher.

-- Trace the Bald

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 01:13 AM

Very cool! You do excellent work. Love the way the hinges look and work.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 01:27 AM

now thats funky!

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 01:28 AM

So so so so good! Fabulous, to be precise! Wonderful finishing as well.


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#10 posted 09-29-2010 01:36 AM

how inspiring!!! you make me want to turn off my computer and go out into my 100 degree shop!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#11 posted 09-29-2010 02:30 AM

great piece,your imagination was good to you.

-- F.Little

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#12 posted 09-29-2010 02:48 AM

A fantastic piece as unique a design as it gets wonderful wonderful.


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#13 posted 09-29-2010 03:06 AM

How did you spill the paint on the bottom of the legs? Huummm…You know that you now have a redneck in high anticipation…....and not a drop on the floor….The mystery deepens….
Fantastic! Beautiful! Thought provoking!....

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#14 posted 09-29-2010 03:11 AM

I love it, that took lots of imagination. And i would dare say patience in doing the finish. It is out of the norm. I would be proud to have a piece like that in my front entrance. With my coffee habits it would fit in great.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 09-29-2010 03:18 AM

Awesome is still open, isn’t it?? :-)) Fantastic work!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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