Basswood carved box

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 08-22-2021 10:14 PM 540 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box has been kicking around my workbench for 6 months, unfinished and banished to my “what was I thinking” pile. I actually was pleased early on with my carving but I went down a bad color path with the milk paints and never could get the desire to put a knob/handle on it until today.
I came up with this rather whimsical handle to put the project to rest. It’s got some merit to it as a seasonal decoration and I really enjoyed carving in basswood but it’s a lesson in what color can do to your work… sometimes it enhances and sometimes it’s a dud.
Appreciate all comments,

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#1 posted 08-22-2021 10:20 PM

It looks pretty nice to me. Shows some nice work.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 08-22-2021 10:51 PM

Great work as always.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 08-23-2021 01:20 AM

I like the bubbles theme/ technique and the matching handle. Nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-23-2021 01:22 AM

That’s a beauty…

So different…love the design, wonderful…

Fantastic idea for the handle!

Just Super overall…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 08-23-2021 02:35 AM

It’s a good looking box, but I’m not wound up by the color. But then I’ve never been shy about painting over a color that didn’t work for me when doing stuff around the house. My five board bench is on its third color, though the sea-foam-green enamel that my sweetie picked for it most recently (and paid over $25 for a quart can) will probably be its permanent color now.

I think it’s a great design, Tom. Don’t be afraid to change the color if it’s not working for you.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-23-2021 02:46 AM

Nice carving work, and I actually like that color!

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

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#7 posted 08-23-2021 03:29 AM

I see balloons, in a fun whimsical sort of way. I’m in agreement the brown isn’t doing it any favors. If there are grankids see if they can’t paint the balloons. Extra points for staying inside the lines.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 08-23-2021 05:40 AM

This is incredible, amaizing carving!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 08-23-2021 08:37 AM

Maybe someday I’ll think about repainting but it’s probably easier to carve another box and try again.

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#10 posted 08-23-2021 12:51 PM

I see jellyfish :-) I like the carving a lot Tom. It’s whimsical but at the same time would be at home on display in a “serious” environment. To be perfectly honest though, I think I would prefer it sans handle. It doesn’t look bad or anything, I just think it detracts somewhat from the texture and patterns on the box itself.

You might want to look at a paint method called dry-brushing. It’s very easy and might be able to rectify your dislike of the color and add some depth to the pattern at the same time.

In any case, it’s a project well-done and it’s got my gears grinding on what kind of box I want to carve now ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#11 posted 08-23-2021 01:43 PM

Thanks for the advice Kenny… I’ll definitely look into dry brushing. My wife likes the handle but I think you’re right…it’s a bit much.

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#12 posted 08-23-2021 02:23 PM

Well I think the carving is great, the color looks good and I think the handle takes away from an otherwise beautiful box but then I’m probably wrong about the handle

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 08-23-2021 04:20 PM

I think it turned out great. Nice work!

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

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#14 posted 08-23-2021 04:57 PM

I like everything about it Tom, especially how the design flows from the box to the lid and then you finish with that design into the handle.

I like the color of the finish. It works well.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 08-23-2021 09:37 PM

I like it!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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