VW Beetle (Brazilian Fusca) & Hazet Toolbox

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 11-09-2012 05:25 PM 6256 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks,
I was commissioned by a Volkswagen Beetle (Brazilian Fusca) addict to build a distinguished box for his German made Hazet toolbox that used to be sold in the early 1970’s. Nowadays that particular circular-shaped toolbox is very rare and eagerly looked for. He recommended me to carve a VW symbol to be applied upon a fine wood box.

After researching into his private VW library, I designed a VW beetle as if “running over the observer” and carved it on a board of “Pau-Marfim” (Balfourodendron riedelianum) due to its tough and hard fibers that retain very delicate carved details.

In order to get a good color contrast, I managed to get some irregular and defective boards of “Braúna” (Melanoxylon braunia) – which probably is the blackest and hardest Brazilian wood – sliced from a salvaged window frame of a demolished country house.

Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax.

Dimensions of the beetle carving: 14” long, 9” high, 1 ½ ” thick.
Dimensions of the box: 18” long, 15” high, 6 ” deep.

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My email: [email protected]

Best Regards,
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

-- Dilo

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 05:33 PM

Hi Dilo,

Nice job on the Fusca. I had a 1951 for 9 years. Lots of fun.

Tchau, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 05:35 PM

Amazing work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 11-09-2012 05:37 PM

well here you are again dilo

and with another amazing work

i looked closely
but don’t see the observer
that got run over

i guess the body has been moved
hopefully to the hospital

you are so precise
with your work
always a pleasure to see
and learn something too

-- 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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#4 posted 11-09-2012 05:41 PM

It should have been something Italia! Anyway, nice work!

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#5 posted 11-09-2012 06:25 PM


Muito Bom!
For those of you that do not read Portuguese that is very good!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 11-09-2012 06:26 PM

Hi Dilo
I’m always thrilled to see your post,it means I’m about to see something wonderful ,and of coarse I’m duly impressed as I am with all your work.This is a wonderful carving with great detail on a excellently made box.


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#7 posted 11-09-2012 09:23 PM

I too am a VW nut (I have a couple of 1956 beetles) and I really like your carving. You are talented beyond my abilities for sure. Thanks for posting. How long did it take to carve?

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 09:37 PM

Wonderful work. I have long been a fan of VWs but only recently got rid of all but a 67 Beetle that needs complete restoration. And I do mean complete. That is a wonderful box for the Hazet tool kit I am sure they appreciated it. If not take it back and send it to someone that does.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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Dilo Marcio Fernandino

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#9 posted 11-09-2012 09:56 PM

Hi Toxicoval56,

The Beetle carving took about 4 weeks including many pauses to mature my sight on every completed part.

-- Dilo

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#10 posted 11-09-2012 10:51 PM

Just beautiful, Dilo.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 11-09-2012 11:06 PM

another great piece to add to the portfolio, i think you should do a porch in a full size with an engine and all to drive around , it would be the perfect advertisement for you as a wood worker, i dont have one doubt that you could do it…thought it might take more then a month…great job here..have you had any luck selling your work over there, or become noticed for your wonderful talent…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 11:18 PM

Beautiful. Congratulation!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 11-10-2012 12:25 AM

Beautiful carving!

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#14 posted 11-10-2012 12:38 AM

As always I love your work, and this is no exception. Very good my friend.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#15 posted 11-10-2012 06:19 AM


I hope the parking brake is on or it will drive right off that box! As always, your work is incredible!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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