A Box For Life's Gentle Safari

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Project by TedM posted 2156 days ago 2315 views 32 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m calling this box ‘Gentle Safari’ as it is a place to store the tokens of memories, the little treasures, that one collects along life’s journey.

It has an ebony lid that has been accented with 3 almost parallel Zebrawood strips. I was trying to simulate the randomness of the Zebrawood grain and give it the sense that they will meet at some point in the distance. The bottom is also accented with a strip of ebony. The ebony base raises the piece almost 3/8 of an inch, which elevates it with a hint of shadow. The sides are African Zebrawood.

It stands almost 3” tall and is 4 1/2” square. It is finished with wipe-on poly and lightly sanded between each coat to give it a velvety touch.

I had a lot of fun creating this box, a lot of fun.

Thanks for looking.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#1 posted 2156 days ago

very well thought out and a lovely project

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 2156 days ago

I really like the chosce of woods.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 2156 days ago


-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 2156 days ago

The ebony with the zebrawood looks great. Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#5 posted 2156 days ago


Beautiful box. Zebrawood is one of my absolute favorite woods to work with and you paired it well with the ebony. Really like the inlay on the ebony. I love the scale of the momento box but I can also see using the same idea on a larger scale and making a stool or coffee table with storage from the same design.

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#6 posted 2156 days ago

Very nicely done. The zebra wood with the ebony gives it a very classy look.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 2156 days ago

This box is Beautiful!!! Its one of my favorite projects on LJ’s lately. It is so classy and sophisticated looking. Great choice of design and color. I love it! Favorited.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 2156 days ago

As others have said, you made a great coice of materials, and did a great job of putting them together.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 2156 days ago

That is very elegant indeed.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 2156 days ago

ooooooooh, pretty!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#11 posted 2156 days ago

Well I’ve got the Zebrawood in stock , so all I have to do now is to rob a bank so I can buy some Ebony : )

Great project and as stated earlier ..VERY CLASSY !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 2155 days ago

Thanks, everyone, for all your kind comments!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#13 posted 2155 days ago

very nice

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#14 posted 2154 days ago

Gorgeous box Ted. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#15 posted 2153 days ago

Very pretty box, and well photographed too!

Thanks for the post.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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