Sculpted box out of----plywood?

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Project by Granddaddy1 posted 06-10-2012 07:33 PM 2686 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes it is… There are some true box-building artists here on Lumberjocks. I do not profess to be one of them. I do, however gain tremendous inspiration and knowledge from them. Thanks, guys!

This box was an experiment. I wanted at thicker (3/4”) box to allow for deeper carving than I’ve done in the past. I’ve been experimenting with carving using my random orbital sander. I also wanted a fairly soft material for ease of carving. This box is made entirely of 3/4” domestic birch plywood except for the bottom, which is 1/4” plywood. I rabbeted the top 1/2” into the sides to keep the top from encroaching on the opening. The core plies of the material are white fir and poplar, which I thought would provide some interesting contrast. I had to stain the box a dark color because the white/green/black of the poplar didn’t look to great with the white fir. After stain the finish is 3 coats of wipe on poly and 2 coats of paste wax. The box is 8”w x 5”d x 4 1/2”h.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 08:38 PM

Beautiful work. I really admire your carved boxes!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 12:52 AM

You just joined the ranks of the box building artists! Anyone who can do that with a ROS and plywood qualifies in my book. You must have a way more aggressive ROS than I have! (or you spent a LOT of time sanding!)

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

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 12:54 AM

Ron they do have some box masters on here your seem to have build some inspiration too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 04:07 PM

Love it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 01:01 PM

Making even plywood go the distance is an accomplishment!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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