Sapele and lacewood box

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Project by JWF posted 11-02-2014 12:40 AM 2450 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this as a gift for a friend of mine. Sapele and lacewood with walnut for the splines. Finished dimensions are 10×4 x 3 1/2. Used some Famowood mahogany color filler to cover up some tear-out on the lacewood. Finish is blond shellac on the lacewood pieces and linseed oil and blond shellac on the sapele.

I had a 3/4 thick piece of lacewood that I resawed on the table saw down to 3/8 for the top panel. I took the leftover piece and glued it to a piece of 1/8” hardboard and used that for the bottom panel. The two little trays sit on walnut strips that run the full length of the box. This was my first time working with sapele and I enjoyed it. Gorgeous wood when you hit it with some oil and it smells nice when you’re cutting it. It does tend to tear out a little but I can live with that for something that pretty.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 01:54 AM

Nicely crafted box with beautiful wood grain display.

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

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 02:27 AM

beautiful box

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 10:07 AM

JWF, there are several nice touches to this box. Nice technique for the bottom board. I like the lift-out trays with the routed dishes, the beautiful woods you used, the stop hinges, and the splines with varied sizes. I may have routed the corners to round them, and made the sides a little thinner. If the rails for the sides is why you thickened the sides, you can always add a thin, wide boards to the inside to support your trays. Here is an example. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 01:43 PM

that is a fine looking box..well done!!

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 02:42 PM

Just last night I was cleaning up and noticed I have enough small peaces to make some boxes. I like the wood combination you put together. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 07:46 PM

Love your box. Especially the lift out trays. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 07:52 PM

Great looking box—love that sapele!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 11-02-2014 09:26 PM

VERY nice wood and use of it!!

-- "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

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 04:33 PM

You done a wonderful job. I love to work with both of these woods. Great job!

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#10 posted 11-14-2014 04:35 PM

Did you end up filling the grain on the sapele? If so, how did you do it?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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