Mysterious Miter Box

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Project by mauipapa posted 08-10-2014 04:28 AM 1582 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made from three different wood species, but I’m only sure of one. The frame around the lid is mahogany, as are the sides and bottom. When I was building the box, I used a board I found, which seemed to be an old door footing. As soon as I set my Stanley #4 to task, peeling back years of exposure, I was convinced that I had found some mahogany. The board wasn’t long enough for my box project, but I already had a bit of mahogany on hand. I didn’t think for a moment that the found wood and my mahogany would be an exact match, but they looked darn close… that is until I amonia fumed the box! As you can see, the front (and back) of the box is much darker than the mahogany sides. The center of the lid is also a found piece, and I have no idea what species it is. Ammonia fuming darkened this piece too, which was red-ish in color.

I’m still deciding if I like the end result of this box or not. I think I like it, but it’s hard getting past the original image I had in mind. The box measures 11×6 and is 4.5 inches deep.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 07:55 AM

It is a pretty box….. Send it to me and you can start a new one…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 05:18 PM

Nicely done. I can’t really tell mahogany from sapele. We just finished 75 boxes with mahogany and mahogany like wood.

More importantly, hopefully the recent hurricanes didn’t get to you.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 06:24 PM

@ Gshepherd – Thanks! I would send it to you, however my wife has claimed it as her own.

@ dustyal – Iselle offered up a very windy and spooky night. We lost an ironwood tree and a banana tree, but very fortunate otherwise. The ironwood tree took out part of a fence and narrowly missed the small building my 19yo son was sleeping in. The tree will become a number of projects, probably named after the storm :-)

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 07:30 PM

Looks pretty good to me and the different colors kind of add to the look .
Gshepherd —the wife claimed it so no chance of you Ever Getting it.

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