Spindle shaped round inlay box [includes a poll, come vote]

Chronos, you’re really somethin’!

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Ooooh, I really like this one!

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As always, outstanding work! Looks amazing and the edge nerdy work was great.

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I think those of us who follow your efforts closely are unanimous – Chronos is the best one yet. Very drool worthy! Your friends must be in thrilled to receive one of these pieces of art!

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Wow. It’s beautiful. I love the design, colors, layers, and edge nerdery.

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Quick poll, how come? Please pick your favorite aspect(s) of it. It’s weird to do market research for your family’s Christmas gift designs, but hey why not?

  • Edge layers
  • Overall shape
  • Inlay design
  • Something else

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Yay for contrasting woods! You know I love them!

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Amazing work! Great job!

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That’s beautiful. The inlay outline really helps it pop IMO. And the layering on the side is really nice.

Alright, I’ve got a challenge for you if you’re interested: Can you create a box with a “continuous” spiral of wood up the side? As in, have a stripe of Yellow Heart that appears to start at the bottom and run in a spiral all the way to the top? I expect it’ll be many circular pieces cut and bent a little to make it work.

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I’ve actually considered this. There are possibilities but almost every solution I’ve come up with requires a traditional woodworking step, like a router or a saw to make a smooth channel. I’ve done some side spirals but they’re all stepped.

Here’s a preview of one I haven’t posted yet:

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Couldn’t you make a bunch of cut circles like this and bend them like a slinky? If you use two woods (Walnut and Yellow Heart) and have the Walnut 180 out of phase from the Yellow Heart, it should work no? I guess alignment would be a real problem since the holes wouldn’t be vertical anymore… hmmm…

The bottom and top would have to be sanded flat once the glue-up was done for sure too

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You know, you could. The tricky part would be not snapping the hardwood. It’s a clever idea.

I think I’d probably segment it so that it was arcs of about 30-45 degrees and work at a larger scale. That way you could avoid going across the grain and have enough flex to make it a reality. I think it would be really hard to do, but it’s not a completely insane idea.

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this would be more likely to work if you use thinner material, so less of a gap created by pulling the two ends apart.

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Yeah actually you could do this pretty easily with a ton of veneer layers. Not it! That’s way too much glue up.

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Hahaha I was wondering about that too

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If you had the wood soaking in alcohol it would bend and then hold the shape after drying. A lot easier with Basswood than Wenge but everything else would be between those two.

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I was thinking for a second veneer with 3M adhesive, but that would leave no room for error.

Yeah I prefer wood glue, open time is key.

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Beautiful! And a similar solution to one I’ve used to some success for the ah, Three Body Problem if you will.

Must take a lot of work to get it so perfectly round! Do you do all the sanding by hand?

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Go back to the main post, there’s a link to edge nerdery at the end that you click on for more info. I detailed it for you. :slight_smile: