Mango wood - Box

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Project by woodworm posted 1994 days ago 5107 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt on carving. This simple carving took more time than I anticipated. Not happy with the carving and finishing result.
Wood : Indian mango
Carving pattern : copy from Craft Gift Shop
Dimension : 5-7/8”L x 5”W x 2-5/8”H
Finish : Black Shoe wax – wipe & buffing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#1 posted 1994 days ago

I like it. Think it looks real good. Does not need to be perfect. Can tell it’s hand made and that’s a good thing. Beautiful wood too.

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

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#2 posted 1994 days ago

Thanks for viewing and kind words.

I built the box first, separated the lid then carved it. On and off, the carving work took me 4hrs. I did not draw the pattern on the lid itself, which made me kept referring to the blue print.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1994 days ago

It might niot be exactly what you were aiming for, but it’s still a very nice result. I’ve tried carving a little, and I just get frustrated in the first five minutes.

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 1994 days ago

WWorm, I think it looks great!

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

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#5 posted 1994 days ago

Charlie & Douglas – Thanks for viewing and you kind words.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 1994 days ago

WW, I don’t see what you are disappointed with. I think it is a very nice box. The carving looks like a lot of the work I’ve seen from your part of the world. Sort of Malay folk art. LOL Do another one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 1994 days ago

Thos Angle, you are right – the pattern is commonly found in Malay handcrafts such as woven basket made from bamboo, rattan and also palm leaves – can be seen in this picture:-

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Chris Wright

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#8 posted 1993 days ago

Carving always seems to take longer that one anticipates. I think it turned out pretty good. I never thought of using shoe polish as a finish, very neat result.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#9 posted 1993 days ago

Chris Wright. thanks for you kind woods.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 1992 days ago

Chris, I have a nice block of spalted mango that I have had on the shelf for a long time. The wood seems very soft. Did you do something to stabilize or “harden” the block before you started?

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#11 posted 1976 days ago

The box looks great and I am sure that whoever is going to use it will enjoy it for a long time to come. At least you tried to do the carving yourself,and for the first time it looks like a job well done.

Darrel in Canada

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#12 posted 1947 days ago

I have a lot of Australian mango wood which i am thinking of turning into boxes and I like the Idea of carving the top..will give it a go!

Very reminiscent of the woven boards I have just posted.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 1940 days ago

it’s a good box & only you know where the flaws are, good job , thanks for posting,—john.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#14 posted 1935 days ago

Great job on this box! I really like the shoe polish idea, might have to borrow the thought! :)

-- Dale, Oregon

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#15 posted 1916 days ago

I make quite a few boxes, and have always wanted to carve something on the lid, or add a marquetry inlay: but I always chicken out. This is great work for a first time. I’m inspired to try again … maybe.

-- Whatever

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