Leopardwood Box

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Project by dbkmd posted 04-30-2007 04:36 PM 2317 views 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this box. It is primarily Leopardwood and has a Maple lining. The leaf on the top is Beech. I finished it with clear gloss polyurethane but the Leopardwood has a fairly uneven laquer uptake so the shine is lost in the spots. I guess the camoflage appearance is why they call it Leopardwood.


-- David

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#1 posted 04-30-2007 04:46 PM


congrats for the box. First time I see LeopardWood. Very original and nice.

Have a nice day,


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#2 posted 04-30-2007 05:01 PM

That is very cool. I’ve never seen wood like that before. I assume that is the natural grain, not part of the finish? Nicely posed and photographed too.

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#3 posted 04-30-2007 05:01 PM

Great looking box!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-30-2007 05:27 PM

I love leopardwood. I made a humidor from the stuff. It’s so nice and dense. Nice job on the box. I like the contrast between it and the maple lining.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#5 posted 04-30-2007 08:35 PM

Really nice! Good choice of woods.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 04-30-2007 08:54 PM

it’s beautiful. Love the lining

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 04-30-2007 11:44 PM

Very nice looking box. Love the woods. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 05-01-2007 01:34 AM

Nice wood.. Nice joinery. Nice accents.

How does it differ from lacewood? It looks very similar.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 05-01-2007 01:39 AM

I had to go answer my own question.

Leopardwood comes from Brazil and is dark, lacewood comes from Australia and is a lighter color. Grain is very similar.

Carlton McLendond has an extensive list of exotic woods and info on them, including pics

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#10 posted 05-01-2007 03:28 AM

Thanks for answering my question too there Xavier, and for that link.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#11 posted 05-01-2007 05:48 PM

David -

Very nice box. Great joinery and material selection. I very much like the leaf detail on the lid!

Xavier – thanks for the link! These are always helpful. I am looking at exploring veneering this summer, so very timely getting this link.


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#12 posted 05-02-2007 06:26 AM

Beautiful box David. Delicate approach really showcases the stunning wood. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 05-02-2007 09:17 AM

Love the box! What kind of joinery did you use?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 05-03-2007 12:54 AM

These are “Milled Corner Joints”. You can find a good description and a diagram (figure 13) at the following site: I find the joint to be a bit fragile to do and frequently have to glue the little square chunk that breaks off the top or bottom during assembly back in. Maybe I’m making the tolerances a bit close….


-- David

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#15 posted 05-03-2007 01:01 AM

David -

Thanks for the great link.


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