Scrollsawn Dragon Chest

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Project by WMD2006 posted 05-07-2012 02:54 AM 3336 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my more ambitious projects. The initial design came from a plan in the magazine Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts. The winner of their annual design contest had created a similar dragon box. Not satisfied with the level of detail, I set out to make it better.
I increased every dimension about 30% and made each fretwork piece far more intricate. The patterns for the dragons on the end and inside came from The Wooden Teddy Bear. The others I made myself.
The box consists of poplar frames holding bloodwood panels. The frames have a scrollsawn layer that sits over the solid piece which creates the effect of carved scales around the edges. All the poplar was colored with black stain, but black spray paint would have been far easier.

-- -MDWhite

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 04:08 AM

Beautiful work!

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 07:45 AM

WOW! That looks like it took a crazy amount of time and patience. Nice Job!

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 08:02 AM

Very impressive piece!

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 12:37 PM

Amazing and impressive! Really like the color/s combo/s. The scrolling is super fine detail that really pops! Very kool.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 07:03 PM


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

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 07:52 PM

Very impressive! The contrasting colors look awesome too.

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 12:49 AM

friggin awesome. I am working on a chest for my kids. Thank goodness my boy hasn’t seen this!

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 01:24 AM

Wow, that scroll work is fantastic!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 01:27 AM

Nicely done. When I saw in the Scroll book last month, I put it on my todo llist. But, I wanted to make a small jewelry box size.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 03:16 AM

Bad ass!

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#11 posted 05-13-2012 01:56 AM

Great box! I saw this issue of Scrollsaw and wanted to make this box too. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 03:19 AM

I’m diggin’ the Hylian Shield on it. Nice touch!

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