Padouk, Maple, and Walnut Jewelry Box

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 12-26-2014 02:24 PM 2250 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another jewelry box I made as a gift for mom.There were no plans to follow on this one but I’m sure some of the characteristics with be similar to others you’ll see.

Size is 17 inches in length, 13 inches for the width and 9-1/2 inches in height. I finished it with danish oil and and then followed up with 3 coats of poly sanding between the coats.

Thanks for looking.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 03:06 PM

That is just awesome – I’m not a big fan of bright reds in wood(prefer subtle) but everything about that fits ! Real Nice -

Please tell us about the wood used

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 03:28 PM

I’m not sure if there are more than one species of padouk. I’ve seen it used on LJ quite a few times but none seemed to be as reddish as this was. In all actuality, it looks more orange than red. I found it to be easy enough to work with but is grainy and you need a mask for certain. Sawing and sanding throw lots of micro particles into the air. I tried to use timbermate filler but was my first time. Seems it sanded right back off, at least some of it. Maybe I was over sanding. It’s not an extreme hard wood, I would say between pine and oak. This was my first time to use it and I will again. Found it at a local lumber yard that carries a fair variety of exotic woods.

Here’s a portion of what the dictionary says about Padouk——- “native to tropical Asia and Africa, having reddish striped or mottled wood used for paneling, furniture, etc.”

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 03:50 PM

Gorgeous project. I love how the oil works on these woods. Great design too!

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#4 posted 12-26-2014 04:33 PM

Spectacular. Nice design, just right sized project for a colorful wood.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#5 posted 12-26-2014 07:23 PM

A great looking box…also liked your BS boxes

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 12-26-2014 08:40 PM

I really like padouk. The orange will darken up with age and be even more beautiful. Great looking box. I really like the clean lines and the handles. Thanks for posting.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#7 posted 12-27-2014 01:25 AM

Great wood combination and very clean design. Ya done good!

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

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#8 posted 12-27-2014 03:23 AM

Thanks guys for the comments. Andy I had read somewhere the this wood darked over time but wasn’t sure it was true.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#9 posted 12-27-2014 11:43 AM

That is one gorgeous box! Well done. For my nickel I wish padouk would NOT darken over time. Oh well -

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

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#10 posted 12-27-2014 02:15 PM


-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#11 posted 12-28-2014 04:20 AM

Great looking box. I love the Padauk but I have trouble when sanding it next to lighter wood and the red bleeding over into the maple etc.

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

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#12 posted 12-29-2014 05:24 AM

Hey Duckster, you are right about red dust on the maple. Never saw so much red dust until I used it. But it worked out well in the end. The thing I seemed to have struggled most with was the openness of the grain. I used filler but still found open pores later. Hopefully with more experience I’ll get the filler right.

Hey love your saying—all of it.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 01:18 AM

Great looking jewelry box. The color combo looks good together. I really like the way you did the handles.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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