A Box For Life's Gentle Safari

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Project by TedM posted 10-03-2008 04:02 PM 3032 views 34 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 10-03-2008 04:18 PM

very well thought out and a lovely project

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 04:25 PM

I really like the chosce of woods.


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

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#3 posted 10-03-2008 04:58 PM


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

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#4 posted 10-03-2008 05:07 PM

The ebony with the zebrawood looks great. Well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#5 posted 10-03-2008 05:22 PM


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 10-03-2008 05:59 PM

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

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 10-03-2008 06:57 PM

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 10-03-2008 08:21 PM

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 10-03-2008 09:52 PM

That is very elegant indeed.

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

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#10 posted 10-03-2008 10:04 PM

ooooooooh, pretty!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#11 posted 10-04-2008 06:27 AM

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 10-04-2008 12:28 PM

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 10-04-2008 03:29 PM

very nice

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#14 posted 10-05-2008 03:44 PM

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 10-06-2008 07:38 AM

Very pretty box, and well photographed too!

Thanks for the post.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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