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This is getting silly, I like making treasure chests, but now i've made a couple owl boxes people are asking for more animal shapes (hey, the customer is always right, right?). This one is for my daughter in law. She keeps the real things so I had a tough act to follow.
She's seen pics but wont get the box till xmas.

Made with rosewood centre between 2 pieces of zebrano. I planned the white zebrano to be at the bottom for the legs, and it worked quite well.

The drawer goes all the way through, just because a handle would have looked out of place on the side of the shape. By the time I had the drawer apart and rebuilt, I had to add the beech filler strip in the middle to bring it back to the full width.

The eyes are cut down disposable contact lens cases, painted black.
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Outstanding! Nice wood and grain and finish. It looks like a guinea pig. Right? Thanks for sharing these projects.

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I'm glad you worked out what it is, I've been calling it an "attack gerbil.
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Very nice, Bob. The beech strip isn't a filler, it's an embellishment!
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Looks great Bob and it does look like a guinea pig.

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That's a cutie Bob. I can see grand daughters being deliighted on Christmas morning with this and some sparkly trinket inside. I like the two tone look as well. A bunny would require carving away the space between ears, and it would also be very cute.

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Love the finish. You got more patience than I got!!

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Apparently, I screwed up the finish, according to a few purists I know.
I normally use wipe on poly because I like glossy. But this time I was asked to do the "wet look" thing.
So i sanded to 320, then applied some home made paste wax I had been given by one of the said purists. It was hard wax and took a lot of polishing to get it to where it is. But it seems I should have used a base coat of shellac first. I dont have shellac. Oh well. But the new owner is happy, so I'm happy.

Tom... I am really NOT getting into carving figures. Its not what I want to do. A friend is pestering me to make a parrot, but theres not a straight surface on one of those. 2D or nothing, thats my motto.
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Tom... I am really NOT getting into carving figures. Its not what I want to do. A friend is pestering me to make a parrot, but theres not a straight surface on one of those. 2D or nothing, thats my motto.
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so cute
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