Continuous Grain Box - Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle

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Project by tfscottwoodworking posted 01-25-2014 04:37 AM 2964 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Timber: Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle
Finish: Shellac x4 Coats, Paste Wax

The grain is wraps continuously around this box, and highlights the stunning grain – it reminds me of rainbow trout. The outside of this box was finished purely with a handplane, no sandpaper used. The lid and bottom are held together with almost two interlocking grooves. The mitres have been reinforced with little keys, made of Koto, the interior of the top is also fitted with Koto.

My logo in the centre of the lid was burnt on using a brand.


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#1 posted 01-25-2014 05:33 AM

Great box! Love the wood features. Can you explain the continuous wrap? And… nice brand! Where did you get yours?

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 05:37 AM

Mr. Scott, what a really lovely job on this box. You have such marvelous woods in Austrailia. I love the grain and presume it carries around all four corners. The design and proportions are well done, though I prefer hinges on my boxes. I admire your skills with a plane to get a finish this flawless. Nice work. Do you find that shellac holds up on boxes that get handled a lot?

When you get time and energy enough you might consider working a bit on your home page so we could know a bit about you as well as about your beautiful work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 07:43 AM

Very nice box and beautiful wood…thanks for sharing. Oh and speaking of sharing I am sending some nice warm weather your way, that is if it hasn’t reached there already…Compliments of West Aus…:)

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 10:04 AM

maplerock: The board is resawn into two planks and it is cut so the grain continues completely around it down one board and back down the next. I had the brand made by they are based in Australia

Boxguy: This is actually my first box, and short answer no – i had never used shellac before but already with being careful it has amassed some scratches – i think i would like to install some hinges on my next box. Shall do! Thanks!


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#5 posted 01-25-2014 12:28 PM

Very nice use of a spectacular piece of wood. My compliments.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 02:29 PM

Great box. Absolutely amazing for a first box

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 02:30 PM

That is just beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 01-25-2014 04:09 PM

Nice box tfscott…
Please send me 400’ of that wood. :)

Jerry, or anyone else, This is how I do it.

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#9 posted 01-25-2014 04:25 PM

You’ve done a nice job on this box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-25-2014 08:14 PM

Lovely box, beautiful wood and great craftsmanship.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 01-25-2014 10:16 PM

You’re right. The grain makes the box. I wish yoi had included a picture of the top.

-- Glen

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 04:48 AM

If I could, were inclined to, or had that beautiful wood, to make such a box I would use the ”Easy Miter” method described by BritBoxmaker as that virtually wastes no wood and cuts extremely good corners.

I have used Martyn’s ”Easy Miter” method and it is virtually fool proof … which, belive me, I need!

Is that what you are describing above in post #8 Kevin?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 01-26-2014 05:35 AM

Mr. Scott, nice job of illustrating the method for a four sided match. I you want to look over some boxmaking tips and tutorials click on this posting and scroll down to the list of topics at the end of the posting before the comments. You might want to look at the finish topic found near the end of the list. I have had good luck with this method.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 01-26-2014 02:43 PM

Kevin, thank you very much. Perfect illustration!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#15 posted 01-29-2014 05:16 PM

Gorgeous box! Beautiful wood, clean lines and the continuous grains of the wood really set it off. Great job!

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