Maple & Wenge' Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 08-19-2014 11:10 PM 1101 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a nice piece of quilted maple that I got a while back and had been saving it for that special project. I have a very difficult time finding such nice wood like this and the local lumberyards never carry it. I found this at a Houston lumberyard at my last Houston trip
I finally made this box yesterday and had the intention of sculpting and carving it with the style I enjoy doing so much. I had a couple of scraps left over and decided to do some experimental sculpting on them before having a go at the box…and I am glad I did…! Sculpting into different woods can give a completely different look to their grain…and the quilted maple scrap completely changed its unique grain after the test.

anyhoo…here is the end result that I came up with instead of sculpting. I am disappointed that I didn’t get to sculpt this piece but I sure didn’t want to mess up such a nice board.

This was difficult to photograph for some reason…the photos do not capture the grain as it looks in person. There is something I need to do differently to improve the photo realism quality.
The finish is 7 coats of lacquer and the bottom is lined with an awesome piece of very old tan leather.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

21 comments so far

View kody's profile


171 posts in 937 days

#1 posted 08-19-2014 11:16 PM

Wow.. Beautiful work.. Nice job.

View gfadvm's profile


10902 posts in 1348 days

#2 posted 08-20-2014 12:02 AM

Not your usual style but beautiful none the less. That 3 dimensional quilting is difficult/impossible to photograph and do it justice. Lift off/hinged lid?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View grizzman's profile (online now)


7018 posts in 1962 days

#3 posted 08-20-2014 12:02 AM

for as long as you have worked the wood, i trust you know when to sculpt and when not to, this is very elegant and the top is perfect , the handle fits very well, overall you did a wonderful job here…its beautiful…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View johnhutchinson's profile


628 posts in 288 days

#4 posted 08-20-2014 12:14 AM

Pardon my French, but DAMN !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

View ShopTinker's profile


878 posts in 1427 days

#5 posted 08-20-2014 12:38 AM

That’s a beauty. I think nature gave this one all it needed. You did a great job with it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


14754 posts in 2334 days

#6 posted 08-20-2014 12:53 AM

Awesome box!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Blackie_'s profile


3410 posts in 1171 days

#7 posted 08-20-2014 10:58 AM

Greg, I really… Like this one, I’d even go as far to say it’s one of my most favorite one from you not that you others aren’t but you gave this one justice by not sculpting , very elegant. Did you use hidden splines on the corners?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

14246 posts in 996 days

#8 posted 08-20-2014 11:14 AM

Very nice. Gotta love the wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Woodbridge's profile


2731 posts in 1076 days

#9 posted 08-20-2014 12:28 PM

beautiful box!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View jm82435's profile


1273 posts in 2400 days

#10 posted 08-20-2014 02:47 PM

very pretty. I like the wenge accents.

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

View mike1950's profile


237 posts in 457 days

#11 posted 08-20-2014 02:56 PM

Nice combo- I work with a lot of Big leaf maple- picturing the depth of the figure is very illusive.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

View mcoyfrog's profile


3212 posts in 2253 days

#12 posted 08-20-2014 06:44 PM

Such awesome grain love this box

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5112 posts in 1967 days

#13 posted 08-20-2014 07:35 PM

Thanks everyone…! Earlier today I was riding around on my lawnmower doing the weekly grass cutting and as I looked up at the clouds they reminded me a lot of the grain configuration of this quilted maple…amazing…if only the clouds had the same gold tome as the maple.

Andy…This box is just a lift top and is not hinged. I have a rabbit cut around all four sides of the top so it fits snug into the box with just a wee bit of play for wood expansion.

Randy…I didn’t use any splines. I find that the glue available today is so strong ( the manufacturers claim it is stronger than the wood) that it is not necessary. Besides, even with splines, if a glue joint came undone there would be a ugly and loose gap that would ruin most any box. I have NEVER had a glued miter joint come apart.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

View Grumpymike's profile


1085 posts in 974 days

#14 posted 08-20-2014 07:52 PM

One of a kind for sure, beautiful wood and great execution.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

View gfadvm's profile


10902 posts in 1348 days

#15 posted 08-20-2014 09:53 PM


-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase