Round Boxes

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Project by bigbuddha posted 04-05-2014 01:30 AM 1845 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some ideas from LJ projects and made these for my uncle and aunt! Will be visiting them in a few days!

The koi bowl was from a plan by Deb Nicholson from the Creative Woodworks & Crafts June 2010 issue. I actually scaled it down to about 7.5 inches. Some of the fish parts were too small for me to cut being totally new to scrollsawing so I just carved the details in. This was my first time doing intarsia and it was a lot of fun! I would make this again, but dunno who I could give it to. The finish on here was milk paint and 4 coats of tried and true varnish oil. The wood was obeche. The original plan was just a decorative bowl but I thought it’d be more useful to make it into a box, so I just scrollsawed out the middle and put a little lip on the bottom of the koi pond to sit on top.

The other little box was from a Steve Good scroll saw plan: The top is made of mahogany pallet wood that my neighbor saved for a few decades. The bottom of the body is also obeche wood that came from the koi box cut-off :).

The more I scroll saw, the more I’m on love with it!!! No loud noises, and I can sneak into the shop when the kids are off to bed.

Still deciding whether to put magnets as a catch on the boxes, but we are leaving in a few days so might now.

-- helen

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 03:10 AM

That is a great design. Very nice!

-- Daniel P

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 04:45 AM

Woooooooow! I love the koi box!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 06:43 AM

Outstanding intarsia top!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 03:30 PM

Stopped when I saw the intarsia inlay in the round box! These are great boxes! Great that you gave credit but you did a really fine job here. I’d like to see more pictures?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 04:27 PM

Thank you for your kind words!! DocSavage45, I upload a picture of what the boxes look like inside!! I took the inside cut out of the koi box and used that for the smaller butterfly box :). No waste there! Now I can make a smaller one out of the butterfly box!

-- helen

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#6 posted 04-05-2014 09:59 PM

LOL! Like the shakers!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 04-06-2014 01:41 AM

Lovely boxes, Helen, I’m sure the recipients will be very pleased with their gifts.

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 04-06-2014 03:25 AM

Thanks Julie!! :)

-- helen

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 04:05 PM

Those are fantastic gifts. Very pretty design, great woods and finish. Like the colors on the Koi box. Great job!

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#10 posted 08-28-2014 09:51 AM

Wow! These are beautiful! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 08-28-2014 10:35 PM

Thank you, Sheila!!! I love your blog :)!!!

-- helen

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