Box for Tarot Cards

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Project by Steve O posted 05-30-2012 04:05 PM 3299 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box started out a couple of years ago as a practice run for making splined miter corners, and which ended up also being a practice run for carving and applying dissimilar materials. The box is approximately 9” x 6” x 6”, all of western Oregon maple with square walnut pegs attaching the handle to the lid. The medallion on the front is two layers of fused iridescent glass that give a hazy, somewhat distorted view of a flaw in the wood. Serendipitously, it somewhat resembles a full moon on a bank of clouds. I’ve since learned a bit about estimating the right amount of epoxy to adhere without using too little or using so much that it overflows.

The sides were beveled on the band saw then sanded. The tapered chamfers at the corners were the result of a manufacturing faux pas that just had to be corrected.

The top is my first attempt at carving. I textured the lid surface with stipple pattern courtesy of a nail set, the handle is carved on 5 sides with a heleconia leaf and stem pattern (we used to live in Hawai’i).

The finish is shellac.

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 04:22 PM

It’s certainly and unusual piece and should make quite a conversation piece. Nice work.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 04:43 PM

This is a cool box Steve. I really enjoyed your story of the evolution of your box. Great job


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 01:18 PM

Man this is a work of art! Love the chamfered corners and your carving on the handle is superb. Just so many things on this box…..what you did with the glass on the front, the stippling of the top, the mitered splines on the corners. I could go on and on.

Just beautiful work and you’ve given me several new ideas. Good, good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 02:42 PM

It’s unique, and well done! I actually stopped to look at it again! There are no accidents just new techniques? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 04:40 PM

If that has “ACCIDENTS” the real work you do will AWE us all!

Should be on a coffee table or center on a dining table; setting PROUDLY—ALONE!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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