Nailed it. Applying unconventional joinery techniques on a new box

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 08-27-2018 02:56 AM 2015 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK I stole the nail illusion but don’t know who to give credit to. Had to come up with the other 3 corners on my own. Made from cherry 1/2” thick with inlaid maple veneer. 11” x 6.5” x 4.5”. Finished with spray lacquer. The shading and grain were drawn with a burning pen and my new pyrography unit.. This was basically just a practice piece to get the feel of pyrography. Had a lot of fun with it. Now just trying to figure out what I can burn next.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 04:59 AM

Jim, I like the box. Looks like you had fun with this project. Play is important for both kids and adults. The interior of this box is especially nice. I like the liner. Looking forward to seeing what you burn next. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 05:14 AM

Jim, Hey , just don’t burn youself. LOL! Nicely done.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 05:24 AM

Nice one Jim.
I’ve been experimenting with pyrographe as a “surgical shading” tool as well. It does have a learning curve doesn’t it?
I like the piece and the shading is working too.

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

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 11:24 AM

That’s pretty sharp for a practice piece! Love the illusion and the other 3 corners are very cool and interesting, too.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 01:14 PM

Wow! So many things to praise here. Talented artwork, inlay, pyrography, design, and a great box.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 01:52 PM

Beautiful box, Jim.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 03:49 PM

I like that box, please don’t set it afire trying to burn it….

The splines turning into the feet is a very nice touch, I like boxes with feet. Not too sure what to make about the pyrography though?

Thanks for sharing it all with us.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 04:19 PM

Kewl, i love the delusion so neat

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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