Three Card Boxes

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Project by zombeerose posted 03-04-2007 01:27 PM 3734 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As Christmas gifts and to practice some various inlay patterns, I created three small boxes that were large enough to hold a deck of cards. Each box is constructed primarily out of black walnut and maple with box joints for the sides. Simply to clarify, the 1st box is a custom Pices symbol as a playing card, the second is a cross, and the last is a grim reaper. The letter A’s on the playing card were burned on while all other items are inlays. Other various woods used include gaboon ebony, macassar ebony, spalted pecan, and myrtle.

All three were finished with several coats of Deft lacquer. I learned a valuble lesson that lacquer must properly cure before attempting to rub it out and if the temperature is winter cold, the time is extended. Make sure to plan ahead :)

Completed 12-2006

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

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#1 posted 03-04-2007 01:43 PM

I love these—especially the Pisces but then I could be a little biased on that one.

Rick heads to the Royal Canadian Legion once a week to play cards with the boys. Wouldn’t he look like a somebody if he showed up with his own cards in a beautiful box like this?

If I ever get to making a box I’m going to come back here for inspiration.
Of course mine won’t be as fancy, but I can dream!! :)

Beautiful work.

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2007 02:26 PM

How did the recipient of the grim reaper take it? The boxes look really good. Neat idea for a Christmas present.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 03-04-2007 07:17 PM

I very much admire the craftsmanship of your inlay work – something else I always wanted to try -

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 03-04-2007 09:51 PM

What exactly would one put into a grim reaper box? cigarettes? rat poison? false tooth with built in cyanide capsule?

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#5 posted 03-05-2007 06:15 PM

Thanks for all the comments :)

I will admit that the grim reaper was an “odd” choice for a Christmas gift, but since I have unique friends, it was actually really well received.

Dr. Unix, I would prefer a tiny scorpion myself ;)

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

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#6 posted 07-19-2007 01:24 AM

Wow, three different small boxes. These are so nicely done Z-rose. I just love small wooden boxes!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 10-21-2007 01:11 AM

I LOVE that card box!!! I want one! I am a bit of a poker fan.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-22-2007 06:01 AM

Just an outstanding job of art in woodworking.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 11-03-2007 06:54 AM

More great work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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