Maple Madness...Just when I thought It was Safe To Leave The Shop

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Project by longgone posted 07-31-2012 10:09 PM 3227 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on this box off and on for a couple of weeks and just finished it because I got sidetracked when I started playing around with the sinker cypress. So much wood and so little time…
anyway…this one was rough shaped and got put on the table till I finished shaping and sanding the cypress box.
The tiger maple had a very pronounced and distinctive grain pattern when the board was flat and somehow it lost alot of the nice tiger grain pattern when I started carving into it. The old saying ” beauty is only skin deep” certainly applied to this once nice piece of maple. The shaping and carving transformed the grain into a somewhat flat look.

The knob is Wenge and the inside bottom is lined with red leather. I switched to leather instead of the velvet I had previously been using because I think it gives a richer look. I tried to photograph the leather interior but did not like the results of the photos.

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 10:21 PM

Wow Greg. So much for that last one being my favorite. The maple in this one just screams elegance to me. Great job.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 10:23 PM

You are surely the master at making those gentle curves on these. I really like the wood combo on this one. (think I said that on every box of yers) Just incredible. I can’t stop lookin at it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 10:24 PM

Just one more classic.. a true masterpiece. Congrats again, Greg! I’m going to be down in your part of the world next February, but probably not close enough to stop by.


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#4 posted 07-31-2012 11:01 PM

very well done BUD

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 12:49 AM

Vanilla and chocolate! That looks edible. That maple retained enough curl that it fits your more gentle sculpting on this one. Another great box! PS- My Lowes finally started carrying Deft lacquer and I now know why you like it! Way superior to all the others I tried.

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

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 01:02 AM

Another home run from the master! Beautiful work.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 01:11 AM

Thanks..!!! This one is starting to grow on me even though the maple lost alot of its tiger stripes.
Joey…I just cut out two more Tiger maple boxes in hopes that the grain will be more pronounced than this one. I find it best to cut out several boxes and glue them together at the same time sso I can just grab one ans start grinding when the time is right. My wife says the time is right when I am awake. I also cut and glued 2 more cypress boxes and 2 more Rosewood boxes. This oughta keep me buisy.
My son and his girlfriend are coming in from California tomorrow…so I probably will not get alot done till after they are gone in a week. Can’t wait to see them.

Roger…you shoul sculpt/carve a pen. It would definitely be unique if it were possible to carve something that small.

Trev…what part of the worrld (Louisiana)? are you coming to?

Dan…Thanks You..

Andy…I am glad to see you have good results with the Deft Lacquer. I get mine at Lowes and just went there Sunday and bought the 12 cans they had. I need to see if i can get it directly from Deft if cheaper since I use so much of it.

Ron…Thanks…it gets easier with each one and never gets boring…

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 01:33 AM

Wow.. Another one .. White colored boxes are really elegant.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 02:35 AM

Really like the way you finished this maple piece, preserving the natural, light white color and avoiding the amber tone I always end up with. Also, another great work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 02:57 AM

Very beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 03:03 AM

Greg, Lowes will cut the price if you buy a quantity (case/full box). Don’t hesitate to ask “what will they cost if I buy 12?” I saved a fortune last summer when I painted over a mile of pipe and cable fence by doing this. After I bought the first 12 gallons, I just took the receipt back and they would match the price every time I needed more. My tag line should probably change to : Never pay retail!

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

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 03:22 AM

HillybillyShooter… I also like the natural color and that is one reason I use a Lacquer finish. It does not yellow the finish as much as a polyurethane finish will…plus it dries much faster…

Monte…this box making is very addictive once you start.

Andy…It will not be long before I am back at Lowes. I will take your advice and ask them for a case discount. It gets expensive to use the cans but I prefer it to using my spray gun. It is a lot more time consuming to clean the spray gun after spending a minute to spray each coat. Maybe if I waited and sprayed a half dozen boxes a the same time it would be different but I get too anxious to spray the finish after completing the sanding of each box.

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 04:50 AM

Greg, it still looks great.

I use the spray bomb cans of Deft. I get too anxious with them and want to spray 5 coats marathon style. I should learn to wait.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 08-01-2012 11:02 AM

I have to admit, Greg, that I prefer the one wood box . The Wenge lifter is a nice contrast. Your boxes always catch my eye & I have always wanted to hold one.

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#15 posted 08-01-2012 03:04 PM

Guess it’s the old saying “If it works don’t screw with it.” LOL. Have you considered a spray booth? Interesting to watch the movements in these boxes vs. some of the earlier ones. Have you imagined one the size of a blanket chest? Yo da Masta!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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