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Project by dbkmd posted 2677 days ago 2111 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

-- David





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pierre

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#1 posted 2677 days ago

Hi,

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

Have a nice day,

pierre

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coloradoclimber

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#2 posted 2677 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 2677 days ago

Great looking box!

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

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Thomas Porter

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#4 posted 2677 days ago

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, www.thomasporter.com

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Nicky

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#5 posted 2677 days ago

Really nice! Good choice of woods.

-- Nicky

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2677 days ago

it’s beautiful. Love the lining

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2677 days ago

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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Sawdust2

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#8 posted 2677 days ago

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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Sawdust2

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#9 posted 2677 days ago

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

http://www.rarewoodsandveneers.com/pages/woodspecimens.htm

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

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scottb

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#10 posted 2676 days ago

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 -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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David

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#11 posted 2676 days ago

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.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Chip

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#12 posted 2675 days ago

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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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 2675 days ago

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

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

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dbkmd

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#14 posted 2675 days ago

These are “Milled Corner Joints”. You can find a good description and a diagram (figure 13) at the following site: http://www.dixieline.com/woodjoint/woodjoints.htm. 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

-- David

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David

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#15 posted 2675 days ago

David -

Thanks for the great link.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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