Mystery Wood Box

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I was sorting and cleaning my wood pile a few days ago and found this piece of wood that I could not remember what it was. After a lot of head scratching I just decided to make a box with it and call it mystery wood.
I made the designs with my router and added some texture by sandblasting it.

Nothing fancy…just a fun Sunday project using a router bushing guide with a 3/16” round nose bit, using a straightedge and following the lines I drew out on the box

If you have any thoughts as to the wood type …let me know

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 05:45 PM

It sure is a nice design and you did a fine job on it no matter what the wood is.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 05:46 PM

Might it be mahogany? I have wood that is similar in colour and grain and people have told me that it is mahogany.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 05:54 PM

Not sure of the wood species, but I really like the design. Good looking box. I’d like to see one with a glossy finish.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 05:55 PM

Wondering where you were. I know you had some family celebrating, and you might be adjusting from your road trip.

You are a “Wood Artist!” Your brain just makes it happen. LOL! My vote is also mahogany as it’s pretty consistent in grain.

I did think “WOW!” when I saw it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 05:56 PM

Very beautiful. First thing I thought was mahogany.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-26-2015 06:12 PM

Most likely mahogany.

That is one fantastic box. Very creative. One of a kind.

-- Whatever

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#7 posted 01-26-2015 06:21 PM

Beautiful. Very clever meeting the lines top to side. The hardware latch is awesome. Haven’t seen one of those around.
My guess is that is a piece of Sapele.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 01-26-2015 07:04 PM

Love the design, even you “simple” boxes are amazing. As far as the wood not sure but I have to disagree it just doesn’t feel like Mahogany maybe Sapele

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

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#9 posted 01-26-2015 07:56 PM

Outstanding !!! I’m noticing your transition from organic to Art Nouveau in all of your work.

I like them both. Keep ‘em coming.

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

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#10 posted 01-26-2015 08:15 PM

Great design! Turned out very nice.

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

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#11 posted 01-26-2015 08:24 PM

Thanks much everyone...! I know this is not mahogany.. The photos and lighting keep giving it more of a mahogany color but the wood has much more of a brown color to it. I have some Sapele but this grain looks different. I am keeping the small scraps I have left so I can take it to the lumberyard and see if they know what it is. I don’t plan on buying any more …but the curiosity is getting the best of me…

The hasp came from . I bought a bunch of them several years ago and saved the email receipt on my computer receipts file.

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#12 posted 01-26-2015 09:09 PM

Nice… it certainly catches your eye!

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#13 posted 01-26-2015 09:09 PM

Greg, I have to guess again. Looking at my stock, a couple look close, but the Cumuru looks like a match. That ring a bell?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 01-26-2015 09:23 PM

I agree with doubleDD, looks like Sapele to me, Greg.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 01-26-2015 09:51 PM

NICE box-design and wood!!

-- "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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