Sculpted Box

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 07-20-2012 05:23 PM 4018 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen some very nice sculpted boxes posted lately and wanted to try one.
It was a fun project, but more work then I expected.
I’ve seen many with the inset lid hinge-pined after construction, but I wanted to hide the pin. So, I trapped the 3/16 brass lid hinge pin in during glue up. This is a lot harder, trying to hold everything together: pined lid, biscuited miters, inset bottom and so on while trying to attach the clamps.
Kinda like an octopus setting up a beach chair !
Tons of sanding and it was ready for finish.

Three coats of Classic Oak stain and two of spray Polyurethane and it’s done.
It’s approximately 10”W x 5”D x 4.5”H

I don’t think “Greg the box sculptor” has any competition worries from me, lol, but it was fun.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 05:31 PM

looks great eric
complicated gets easier
with practice

having connectivity problems here
so need to see if this takes

we shall see

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 05:35 PM

Very symmetrical…..which is different to all the others..Nice blog pic … thanks for sharing… Greg has no competition from me either…LOL

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 05:38 PM

Very nice! Is that maple?

Edit: oh, pallet wood, of course, unknown species ^^

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 05:40 PM

Very nice job. I like the hidden hinge pins and the biscuits.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 05:46 PM

Very nice, Eric. Unlike the randomness of most sculpted boxes, yours seems to have a distinct pattern, Quite unique!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 06:28 PM

Nicely done Eric, a very cool looking box for sure!!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi,

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 06:39 PM

Looks good Eric..Now that you started sculpting a box there is no turning back…
Did you notch out the sides to insert the pin hinges?
I find that if I drill the holes in the sides of the box first and use a forstner bit to recess a 5/16 hole it makes it easier for me. I then set the top in the box opening… level with the top of the box with some small wood blocks keeping it at the proper height and then drill through the side holes and into the tops sides.
This way I insert the brass pins from the outside and cover them with a matching wood plug. This hides the pin and also keeps it from working its way out.

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#8 posted 07-20-2012 06:47 PM

great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 07:07 PM

very cool…thanks for the added details/photos!

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 07:49 PM

Really really nice, Eric.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 08:35 PM

Great looking box Eric.

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 09:00 PM

Nice work. Sculpted box is still on my bucket list. All I need is free time

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 10:46 PM

Very nice and I appreciate the photos. I have seen several sculpted boxes on the LJ site. How do you cut, sand and finish the grooves. Would like to try it. Thanks.

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 11:44 PM

well done!

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

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#15 posted 07-21-2012 12:47 AM

I like it! The symmetrical sculpting appeals to my sense of symmetry. You method of hiding the hinge pin looks good but I always have to remove my lid and tweak the roundovers a few dozen times to get it to open fully! Your grooves are so uniform, they look like they were done with a cove bit on a router.

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

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