Maple & BubbaBinga keepsake Box

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Project by longgone posted 02-04-2014 04:50 AM 12417 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a box I started the other day and completed this afternoon. I have been spending a lot of time building my new group of displays for upcoming shows and ran into a delay in applying the finish because of uncooperative weather. This delay provided me some time to work on the list of boxes I need to complete.

I get too antsy when I am not busy I dug into the woodpile and this is what resulted. I wanted to take some additional photos but the battery on my camera ran out of juice and needs recharging. Also, it only has 2 coats of finish and needs more plus a good buff and waxing.

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 05:11 AM

Enjoy your work.. been doing a bit of shaping on some crazy trim work lately… good stuff..

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 05:22 AM

Did you do some toning of the finish?

I like the feel of this one!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 05:43 AM

I am just amazed just how well the lids seem to fit. Great contrast. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 05:48 AM

What else can I say about your boxes, Greg? Every one is out of this world!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 06:36 AM


-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 06:41 AM

Greg, the top looks almost like a slice of bacon. I liked the swirl from a center point design you dished out on top. My problem this week has been snow and down time working on a new saw arrangement for slots and grooves.

-- Big Al in IN

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 07:56 AM

Awesome work as always. I will always be an admirer of your work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 11:04 AM

Excellent box Greg. I feel like I am always repeating myself with comments on your boxes, but you produce such a high standard of sculpted boxes one can only give the highest praise for such artistic work. As always you have produced another gem of a box…awesome stuff.

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

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 11:12 AM

Another winner! Your work is consistently great!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 11:30 AM

this one the carving looks sharper, and maybe a tad threatening to the hands that want to pick it up & caress it? IMHO It is one of my bugaboos , and maybe not others??? I like the red lifter, IMHObut not the stripes. Aren’t I a killjoy today? I need coffee eeekkk! But of course, the box is stunning and another example of your skill and talent. I liked your new shelf units for the shows & good luck with them. Hope they help you sell tons!

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 12:37 PM

The box looks amazing, I love all of the curves. Great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#12 posted 02-04-2014 12:44 PM

Once again Mr. Greg great showing. I would love to see how you do your handles and hinges. What is the finish that you use?

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 02-04-2014 03:10 PM

Always very great work Greg, love the look of those boxes.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 02-04-2014 03:58 PM

Love this one !!! It has a great left-it-outside-and-it-wrinkled look.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#15 posted 02-04-2014 04:27 PM

Thank you everyone for the most generous comments. Designing and creating boxes is so much of an enjoyment for me…and it is good for the soul to know they are appreciated.

widdle…shaping of some crazy trim work…that sounds interesting…I wonder how my wife would react if I started sculpting the door trim in and around the house?

Doc…the finish in the photos is just 2 coats of boiled linseed oil…I need to let it dry for about a week before doing anything else…Not sure if I will use a lacquer finish or just buff and wax the oil.

DoubleDD…the lid was very easy to get a good fit because it is just a square lid in a square box and the saws did all the square cutting. The sculpting and carving sometimes hide the fact that basic box starts out at a square mitered box.


Ivan…one thing I like about sculpting is that it sometimes brings out beauty in the wood grain that was not visible during the original flat surface….and on the flip side sometimes the sculpting eliminates some nice grain that was on the flat surface.

BigAl…gotta get some of that baconwood… I hope the weather eases up for you…I know it must be difficult not being in your shop.

Monte…much appreciated…I sure hope you get your new shop built soon.

Aussiedave…thanks…I always try to do my best and learn from each box. The problem is that sometimes the things I learn from a design are not always good…but that is why I never post the boxes I don’t like.

Florida Art…thanks. I appreciate it…

michelletwo…there are no sharp or dangerous edges on the box and it is really easy to run your hands all over it without spilling any blood…but you gave me an idea…howsa bout a sculpted self-defense box? All + & - comments are ALWAYS welcome…

steve…thanks…I find it increasingly difficult to now make anything without curves…I guess I am developing a style I enjoy.

Kaleb…the finish so far is just 2 coats of boiled linseed oil. After it dries enough I will either spray lacquer or just buff and wax it…haven’t decided yet. The hinges are just 1/8” brass pins drilled from the sides and covered with a plug. I like the idea that I never see and metal hinges and they are also fast and easy to do. The handle is just routed out with a 1/2” roundnose bit.

bugz…thanks…they are enjoyable to make

Johnhutchinson…I like that description…!

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