Peace Turtle

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Project by JoeyG posted 12-15-2011 05:49 PM 2231 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas gift for a dear friend of the family. I wanted to do something special for her and I think I have. The box and lid are made from padauk. The box has a cedar bottom and zebrawood miter keys. The lid has an epoxy inlay of a turtle in the shape of a peace sign. Both of these symbols are special to my friend so I joined them. The handle is walnut and I left the edge the way I found it.

Thanks for taking a look and please let me know what you think.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 06:28 PM

Very nice box..Love padauk ! Cool turtle inlay.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 06:35 PM

Thanks ed220, I did a blog on how I do the epoxy inlay. Part of it was with this box. You can find it at if you are interested. I just took a look at your projects. You have some nice pens. I hope to get a lathe one of these days and try them myself.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 06:52 PM

Padauk is one of my new favorities to work with. You didn’t tell us what finish you used…......

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 07:03 PM

Great looking job -in both fit and finish.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 07:09 PM

Great Box

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 07:28 PM

Very nice! I am impressed with the symmetry and control you achieved carving the lid, angle grinders are not precision tools.

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#8 posted 12-15-2011 08:30 PM

@ redryder, I used polyacrylic gloss. I normally don’t use gloss, but I love how it makes padauk look like it’s on fire. It’s easy to use, and looks great. Here is the link to the blog I am about to finish up about how I did it. It’s a different box, but same procedure.

@Dkol, I think I was only able to achieve the symmetry by free handing it. I have a box coming up that I have drawn out what I want it to look like (A first for me) and I am scared to even start because, as you said, the angle grinder is not a precision tool. LOL When I am just doing what looks good as it comes out I can adjust to the inevitable slip or misplaced groove.

@everyone else, Thank you. I always try to respond to comments, questions, and suggestions.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 12-15-2011 09:48 PM

exquisite work!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#10 posted 12-15-2011 10:09 PM

Thanks Bart, I can’t wait for that air bubble trick you’ve come up with. It would save me a bit of cursing I am sure. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 12-15-2011 11:04 PM

This is great. I like the way the lid opens inside the box.

-- I'll get it done when I get a-round-tuit.

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#12 posted 12-16-2011 12:05 AM

Very nice Joey,

I love padauk. It is such a beautifull wood. You have done a great job at bring that out.
The color of the turtle contrast very well.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 12:36 AM

You done good!

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

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#14 posted 12-16-2011 01:25 AM

Very pleasing to look at, it’s like you’ve done a favor for that wood, brought out something with color and grain that would never show in a flat piece.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 12-16-2011 04:08 AM

Another beautiful box! I can’t believe how well the Polyacrylic turned out. Did you sand between coats? Thin the Polyacrylic? How many coats? I’m fascinated that a water base can come out this perfect. Edit: I just got to your blogs and they answered some questions but now I have another. What size orifice does your sprayer have? Sorry for all the ????s but I would like to duplicate your finish.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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