Curly makore box

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Project by OttawaP posted 2139 days ago 2441 views 26 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally done this little box. It’s the first nice box I’ve made since I mostly seem to make bigger stuff. It was a lot of freaking work since I found out I’m allergic to Makore !! I’ve never sneezed so much in my life !! Never again, my shop is now a “No Makore Zone”. The finishing took awhile since the inside was prefinished 1st before it was put together. Panels are maple veneer with a bit of curl also. Little ebony squares are only about 1/8” thick and sanded flush.
Could not have made it without the wixey digital gauge, how else would you get a 44.1 deg compound cut on the tablesaw ?? It paid for it self on this job for sure, I’d still be trying to fine tune the joint but I nailed it the first time once setup properly.
I’ve owned the wood for awhile and it finally found a home in this project. I want to thank whoever designed it, I’ve had a picture of it in my computer for a bit but have no idea who the made the original one.

Finishing as follows
tung oil sealer 2 coats,
4 coats shellac,
2 coats grain filler,
sand @ 400
6 more coats of shellac
wet sand to 600-1000

It actually has quite a bit of gloss but the pictures are a bit lame. The curl is pretty spectacular.

Hope you like it.

-- Paul

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#1 posted 2139 days ago

Fantastic box!

From the great design with the tough angles to the beautiful finish, this is first-rate craftsmanship all the way.

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

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#2 posted 2139 days ago

Paul, you did an outstanding job. I love the tongue/groove joinery at the corners.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 2139 days ago

Great looking box, nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 2139 days ago

I love it! As “Woodhacker” said, the joinery is fantastic. Great job. I don’t ever think I would have the patients to do that much finishing. I bet that thing has got some gloss…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#5 posted 2139 days ago

That is sweet. Excellent workmanship.
The Wixey is a great tool. I love mine.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 2139 days ago

Very nice, and yes, the Wixey is awesome.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#7 posted 2139 days ago

Sweet Box!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 2138 days ago

Beautyful wood and a wonderful box. Nice work, and I too really like the corner joints.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 2138 days ago

thats hot

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#10 posted 2138 days ago

That’s very very beautiful.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 2138 days ago

that’s nice…i just love the whole design!! looks like a little building!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 2138 days ago

Just incredible! I also love the design. It is really a beautiful box. One of my favorites on the site.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 2138 days ago

From my standpoint, your sneezing misery was well worth it. This is beautiful. Makore can be hard on both man and tools.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#14 posted 2138 days ago

I love the design of the box, it immediately took my eye when I scrolled through the latest postings, I am also with you with Makore and will never use it, this is since a friend of mine had to go to hospital due to the allergic reaction he took to the dust created, its a pity, because as can be seen from your box the finished wood looks good.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#15 posted 2138 days ago

Great project with a fantastic end product. I am still practicing my “newbie” cuts but will soon tackle a small box. Your project keeps me excited.

-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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