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Project by Randy Moseley posted 2065 days ago 1349 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a zebrawood trunk I made for our home. It’s made from LuAnn plywood for the box, and other cheap wood for the infrastructure on the top. The straps are made from bent walnut. It has 410 buttons on it. I resaw the zebrawood and contact cement it to the LuAnn since the zebrawood is so expensive.

Randy

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 2065 days ago

Beautiful, a real treasure chest.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Les Hastings

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#2 posted 2065 days ago

Very nice work Randal!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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isetegija

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#3 posted 2065 days ago

Very well done.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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kolwdwrkr

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#4 posted 2065 days ago

nice! I’d like to see more pics of this, perhaps the inside too.

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#5 posted 2065 days ago

It’s like a hydrogen bomb on a dark planet…wow, does that wood stand out.

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Woodhacker

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#6 posted 2065 days ago

Beautiful job Randy. I like the bent walnut

I’m with Kolwdwrker, I’d like to see more pictures.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Randy Moseley

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#7 posted 2065 days ago

I posted two pictures of the inside of the trunk. I made quarter round for the corners and the bottom where the sides meet. Finish is two coats of sanding sealer, then two coats of lacquer, all sprayed.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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Karson

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#8 posted 2065 days ago

Randal A fantastic post. The chest looks great. How thick did you resaw the Zebrawood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Randy Moseley

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#9 posted 2065 days ago

The zebrawood comes in 7/8 thickness and I get 4 slices off each piece using the bandsaw. The bandsaw is a 14” Delta with the added riser arm for cutting taller pieces. This is a SLOW process! After cutting the zebrawood at about 1/5 of an inch thick, I drum sand them to get them completely flat. Also keep the pieces in order so you can bookmatch them to get the grain to line up. The zebrawood ends up at about 1/8” thick when all the sanding is done.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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Karson

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#10 posted 2065 days ago

Thanks for the info Randal. I guess you just bend it over curved form.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Randy Moseley

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#11 posted 2064 days ago

Yes. On the top, I start with regular 2×6 pieces, cut into the curve shape, and I hollow them out in the center to reduce the lid’s weight. I put the front and back lid pieces on to hold the 2×6 boards in place, then use 1/8” birch plywood and bend it over the 2×6’s gluing and screwing it in place. Then I put the veneered pieces onto the top. The bent walnut straps are cut thin as well, then laminated back together (usually 3 thin strips to make a 1/4” thick strap) in a curved form (also a 2×6) using plastic resin glue. After they dry overnight, they fit the curve of the lid and I glue the straps in place.

I’ve found the zebrawood doesn’t plane well since it’s so hard and it’ll chip (kinda like maple). So the drum sander is really the best option. It’s a dusty mess, though, even with a dust collector!

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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Karson

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#12 posted 2064 days ago

A very nice job and some great engineering to get it all together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#13 posted 1341 days ago

Lauan ….... : )
Awesome chest and the Zebrawood gives it such an extraordinary look !!
I like the Birch ply interior as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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