Walnut & Oak

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Project by longgone posted 03-13-2013 01:29 AM 3029 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I was playing around with today. I had some small pieces of walnut and oak that were in the cutoff bin and seemed too small for the boxes I usually build. I am having fun with the laminating press so I laminated the walnut and oak and then put this box together.

It is about 8” x 5” x 3 1/4” and when I looked at it I just could not sculpt it in a way I liked because of the small size.
There is a cutoff point where my grinder is just too big to sculpt smaller curves…so I decided to just rout some grooves in it and call it a completed experiment.

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 01:35 AM

I can do that kind of sculpting! (see “My Wife Thinks This Is Creepy” project). I think this oak/walnut experiment turned out well but not like your hand sculpted laminated ones. I do love those!

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

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 01:47 AM

Still very impressive. Although I don’t think you have made anything I haven’t been impressed with.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 01:48 AM

Very cool Greg. It’s always nice to try something new, and I like this one a lot.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 02:44 AM

sorta art deco? Bold! i like it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-13-2013 03:19 AM

its a really fine box, with the walnut on the outside, its almost to hard to detect the miters joints, it almost looks like the walnut is just one piece on there, never hurts to try something else…and usually there is a home for it, if not then take it to the island of miss fit toys, king moon racker will get it to Santa who will find it a home…grizz

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

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 05:15 AM

Greg, it is an understatement to say you are having too much fun with your laminating press. I think you have gone hog wild with it…in the best of Cajun traditions.

I never underestimate the importance of play in the shop. It is where the next thing eventually comes from. You might want to consider putting a link in your write-up so LJs can go there to see your laminating press. I know you have posted it, but I am having trouble finding it again.

Sure is fun to see you trying different ideas with your new toy.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 05:23 AM

Andy…does your wife think sculpting is creepy? She would have nightmares if she walked into my barn…:)
Sculpting is most definitely my favorite way to create boxes…but every so often it is interesting to throw something different into the mix that can be completed quickly…

Monte…thanks…very much appreciated…I have playing around alot with, and tweaking the laminating press I made. Been gluing up a bunch of scraps and small pieces just to see what combinations look good/better/best and alot of them are not even big enuf to make a box or anything else out of.

Joey…hey. how have you been…? Yor are right…trying something new definitely keeps things interesting. However, some of my “new” really comes out awful and never makes it to a completed project…

Thomas…I have been looking at a bunch of art deco stuff and trying to get ideas…I like art deco and 1950’s designs and hopefully want to use some of its influence in some work…

grizzman…thanks…I work hard to cut my miters as precise as possible because they are an important link in the process of making a box where the grain wraps around. I will most likely take these non-sculpted boxes to the shows I am doing and see if I can unload them for some gumbo money…

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 05:31 AM

Big Al…you would laugh if you saw the pile of stuff I have laminated that has no purpose other than playing with and practicing on the press. I have been beefing it up to remove any of the flex that it originally had. The flex was leaving some small gaps in some larger glue ups and I had to eliminate that completely. I have some photos of the original build and need to take some current photos..

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#9 posted 03-13-2013 06:12 AM

Very cool design!

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 11:40 AM

I do like the layered, light/dark mix o woods.

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

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 01:54 PM

Greg, how in the world do you come up with all your ideas? No matter how you do it but they are great! Keep’em coming!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 02:05 PM

Roger…layering woods seems to work best for me when there is a substantial contrast in the woods…otherwise they just blend together and don’t have any impact..

sedcokid…thanks…I find that the more time I spend in the shop the more ideas seem to come out… some are good and some not so good…but I have to experiment to grow.

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#13 posted 03-13-2013 03:19 PM

What a great box!!! Different which is a good thing. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 03-13-2013 04:14 PM

thanks Ken…this was one of those spur of the moment unplanned boxes that ended up not getting sculpted due to its small size…I guess sometimes no planning isa good technique…?

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#15 posted 03-13-2013 04:34 PM

Greg you do us Coonasses proud. Another stellar project!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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