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Old 11-13-2009, 10:36 PM
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Default Another hand made wooden box

And this time, it has a removable cover.







But I have a problem... The basswood I used for the top is whiter than the bottom, and I was wondering what to do with it.

Should I keep it like that, add color to the top, or what?

Btw, the tail of the leaf is from the same wood than the bottom, it is glued on the cover. The reason is that I first carved it with the bottom and then realized it would look better on the cover. So I used a knife... and now it's on the cover. The overall look is better, and now the leaf is still complete when I take the cover off.

When I mentioned that the first box I made was "hand carved"' I think I should have said "hand made" instead, which means hand carved AND that I used hand tools for all the wood working.

So "hand carved" could mean that a band saw and an electric drill where used, but that it was then carved by hand. I suppose it's just playing with words, but sometimes it's good to realize these differences. But then, I'm not even sure I'm right. "Hand made" could just mean that some items were not made on a machine, and that they are made one by one by a manual worker...

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Old 11-13-2009, 11:47 PM
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Great looking box, Gilles. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:31 AM
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That's beautiful .... to me it looks like too much work ... too much careful work. I am boggled by it .
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:39 AM
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Beautiful box there.Color will probably even out.Tony
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Default Re: Another hand made wooden box

thanks for the comments...

Too much work... nah... I don't mind doing that kind of careful work, that's my style...

What I did to even out the wood color is that I applied a stain on the top and sanded it to keep just a hint of color. And yes, maybe that it will also even out with time.

I will post a photo when I'm done with the finish.

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Looks good! I don't agonize too much on using power tools....they speed up the parts that are less fun! Just because you can do everything by hand, doesn't mean that you should. I don't fell my lumber with an axe, drag it to the house with a horse, and then carve by an oil lantern! I take advantage of what I have, although I like the challenge and practice of doing certain things completely by hand. I like for my carving to be fun...when it turns to work, it starts becoming more of a job or task, and I already have enough of those!
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When the fun of doing everything by hand is gone, I'm sure I will begin to use more power tools for sure. But the fact that I live in a condominium and that I like to work late at night is part of my choice of tools even if I also love to work with hand tools...

I don't have access to a workshop, and the only time I can work outside is in summer. So right now, I work on the artistic side of wood carving and try to learn from it. I also try to make prototypes of what I could make to sell, if I decide to sell some of them later. Right now, I don't (and don't want to) see it as a job.

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Very nice,great design.
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I don't care what kind of "made" you call that, it is beautiful piece of work! Inspiring!

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Looks good! I don't agonize too much on using power tools....they speed up the parts that are less fun! Just because you can do everything by hand, doesn't mean that you should. I don't fell my lumber with an axe, drag it to the house with a horse, and then carve by an oil lantern! I take advantage of what I have, although I like the challenge and practice of doing certain things completely by hand. I like for my carving to be fun...when it turns to work, it starts becoming more of a job or task, and I already have enough of those!
That is SO well put. Thank you for articulating what I was thinking.
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