Dogwood Box

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Project by Copperjock posted 01-01-2008 08:23 PM 2736 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This design comes from a book by Diana Thompson. It was made from walnut with yellowheart used for the blossom. It is a four piece box design cut on the scroll saw. The box was originally cut for 1-1/4” depth, but was definitely beyond my skill level, pushed too hard, dull blade, too slow a speed. The cutout from the inside was so far from vertical that when I drilled from the top on the outside of the box, the bit came through the inside of the box. So I started the box portion a second time with 3/4” stock and a little more patience.

My mother receives it today as a birthday gift, it seems to have a lot of appeal, because I have multiple requests from others for the same box.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 08:25 PM

You have a lucky mother. That’s a great box!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 08:28 PM

That is drop-dead gorgeous!

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#3 posted 01-01-2008 08:56 PM

That is adorable! Your mom will love it. The blossom on top is so nice. Did you just scroll saw the petals or is it carved from one piece? You did a great job. The edges are very crisp and clean which makes it look very professional.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 01-01-2008 09:08 PM

Great looking box. Love the top decoration.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-01-2008 10:40 PM

Great box with beautiful decoration on the top.

What does the description of Dogwood Box mean. I was expecting some wood from a dogwood tree which I’ve never seen. I’ve got a dogwood in my front yard but I didn’t plan on cutting it down.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-01-2008 11:01 PM

That’s a really noce box – is the flower scrollsawn then carved?
Think I’ll be making something like this before too long.

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#7 posted 01-01-2008 11:49 PM

I bet mum was pleased. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-02-2008 12:43 AM

welcome to lumberjocks ! great first project !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 01-02-2008 04:46 AM

You all are very kind with your comments and I thank you very much… very inspiring for the next project. It means a lot especially when I look at the amazing quality pieces each of you have created.

My mom is a very crafty person herself, so as you can imagine, was very pleased with her gift.

The blossom on top is a dogwood (flower) blossom. (Not that I have ever seen one.) It was scroll sawed with 3d scroll techniques (where the template is two sided and lays over a corner of the wood) That thick stock was tricky and I burned the petals a couple times, then sanded it out with a dremel tool. It unfortunately was a coarse grit sand wheel and roughed up the yellowheart finish some, but the little bit of burn that still shows kind of gave the blossom a bit more natural look to me so I didn’t try harder to remove it.

Thanks again for the warm welcome and I look forward to viewing all the wonderful projects posted and finding inspiration and ideas.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#10 posted 01-02-2008 05:40 AM

A real gem of a piece Copper.

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

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#11 posted 01-02-2008 06:23 AM

I should have noticed that the flower was a Dogwood blossom.

Thanks for clearing that up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 01-02-2008 09:32 AM

Great looking box. I wish my mother was still with me, so I could try making one for her – the Dogwood tree was her favorite. Thanks for bringing back that memory.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 01-02-2008 12:09 PM

it’s wonderful. Love those petals.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 01-02-2008 04:57 PM

I’m a scroller so I can imagine how hard that must have been. Fine work indeed. Looking forward to seeing some other fine work. mike. Welcome to LJs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 01-02-2008 06:18 PM

Very cool, thats why the requests are coming in. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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