Wine Box in Bloodwood, Curly Maple, Padauk and Wenge

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Project by Patrick Garrett posted 10-03-2014 03:28 AM 3883 views 21 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the wine box I just finished for my sister’s wedding ceremony. The sides are curly maple with padauk miter splines and the top is bloodwood (satine) with a wenge lift. Inside the wine holders are Padauk supported by more curly maple. Finish is gloss spray lacquer with Renaissance paste wax.

I’m especially happy with how 3-dimensional the top is as you look at it from different angles, lots of chatoyance.

The bloodwood was a bear to smooth due to wildly reversing grain – I tried light passes with my power planer (lots of tearout), super fine shavings with my L-N 62 hand plane (lots of tearout), and finally resorted to the random-orbit sander.

The solid top is a last-minute happy accident. I started with a panel top using the same curly maple as the box sides and a padauk raised panel in the middle, but it was the victim of a crowded workbench. Turns out the miter splines were no match for a 3-ft drop onto cement floor, and I decided not to try to resurrect the top. I noticed that I had a piece of bloodwood just the right width, and was a lot happier with the look of it.

-- Makes airplanes by day, planes wood at night <|>

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 04:40 AM

Very nice looking box, bloodwood is often difficult to work. I think the lid has worked out for the better, sometimes we have happy accidents.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 10-03-2014 05:30 AM

Looks great. The contrasting wood colors are nice. Thanks for the pictures. I love how us woodworkers make other people look so bad when it comes to wedding gifts. Little do they know that we spend less money, enjoy doing it and above all, look like the rock stars for our creative efforts at the gift table!

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#3 posted 10-03-2014 11:33 AM

Very nicely done, and a great gift for your sister.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 11:49 AM

Great work, nice job. Love the colors.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 03:16 PM

beautiful ..great job

-- "just be yourself, everyone else is taken"....Oscar Wilde

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#6 posted 10-03-2014 04:22 PM

I really like the choice of woods. The Padauk should darken up nicely while providing even more contrast with the bloodwood, over time.

This is more of a Champagne box due do its beautiful work!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#7 posted 10-03-2014 08:05 PM

Nice build. Love the bottle rack in the inside.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 03:23 AM

Great build a real eye catcher!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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