Myrtle lidded box

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Project by Rickterscale posted 01-29-2014 06:24 PM 1495 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the myrtle bowl blank from Rockler a while back. I’ve been playing with lidded boxes lately, and made this for my mother for Christmas. It was going to end up a bit taller, but I kept getting catches around the rim of the bowl, which forced me to keep turning away material. I’m still working on technique and approach with the tools, but I think I’m finally catching on. It almost ended up just a bowl instead of a lidded box. When turning the lid, I got a catch that tore away a big chunk of wood, as seen in the pic. After the frustration about ruining the lid diminished, I went back out to the shop, found the chunk that tore out, glued it back on with some dark walnut tinted epoxy, and was able to finish it. If I were to do it over again, I would probably just leave the epoxy clear, so the glue job wouldn’t be so apparent. But the tinted epoxy makes it look like it has some spalting, so it ends up working okay. The finial is from African mahogany.

Sanded to 600 grit and finished with cellulose sanding sealer and carnuba wax. I don’t recall the final dimensions, but it’s around 6” wide by 3.5” tall, plus finial.

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 07:42 PM

Good work, too bad it broke. You fixed it fine. Maybe if it happens again try using Turquoise with you epoxy.
The color goes nicely with Walnut and other dark woods or stains.

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 09:18 PM

Looking pretty good. I like the patch, unique and gives it an antiquey feel.

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 09:56 PM

man that’s a big catch. i have been there,but wasn’t never lucky enough to find the piece.don’t give upit will all turn around.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 10:30 PM

Very nice job and save. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 12:13 AM

Nice. I love myrtle and ran into a gold mine. We were traveling and went to The House of Myrtle wood in Oreagon and they let you fill a grocery bag of scraps for a buck. I filled a few and left fast before they changed there mind.

-- Ted ,Conesus,N.Y.

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 02:00 PM

Repairing mistakes and fixing screw-ups has led to some of my best stuff.
I was going to say that it looks like spalting but you already did and I think it looks great.
Really nice!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 02-03-2014 04:36 PM

Great save, it came out really beautiful. Like the shapes and finish. Great job!

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#8 posted 02-03-2014 05:04 PM

It’s beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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