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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 1962 days ago 1773 views 3 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a couple pieces of this Brazilian wood on eBay, and I had never worked with it before so I gave it a shot. It is extremely heavy and dense, but finishes very nicely. The center panel on the lid, as well as the pull, are walnut. I cut the rough shape of the pull out on the bandsaw, then finished shaping it on the spindle sander and by hand. Finish is Danish oil followed by several coats of wipe-on satin poly.

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





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Karson

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#1 posted 1962 days ago

Charlie That’s some beautiful wood. The wood with the streaks is called figured in the Goncalo Alves wood. And the plain brown is not figured. I picked up quite a bit of the not figured stuff from an importer because no one really wants it.

Thats a great looking box.

Using an inlay could substute for the lack of colored streaks in the wood.

-- 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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Allison

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#2 posted 1962 days ago

As usual this is absolutely gorgeous. That wood is a trip, I have never seen anything like this before, only heard of it. Awesome
PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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odie

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#3 posted 1962 days ago

Oh Charlie …. you magnificent man !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1962 days ago

Yeah, I actually had figured/unfigured on the same board. If you look close, you’ll see that the ends of the box were made with the unfigured wood.

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

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Karson

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#5 posted 1962 days ago

It’s a great design Charlie.

-- 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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Betsy

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#6 posted 1962 days ago

Looks great Charlie. Another winner.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 1962 days ago

Very nice work Charlie!

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

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DonFaulk0517

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#8 posted 1962 days ago

Looks excellent! The wood along with your craftsmanship bring out a spectacular looking box. I must say it is a surprising simple but beautiful box… with the grain flowing down the box making all the parts blend together well.

-- DonFaulk0517@gmail.com

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bamasawduster

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#9 posted 1962 days ago

An incredible box, but then all yours are.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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kolwdwrkr

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#10 posted 1962 days ago

nice looking box. Thanks for sharing

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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majeagle1

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#11 posted 1962 days ago

Wow, as usual Charlie, I love the whole presentation!
Goncalo Alves is a wonderful wood, I love working with it but you are right, it is hard to find the good “figurred” pieces. I have used some of it in some of my boxes.
I absolutely “LOVE” the box design, the flow, and the wood combination…...... I think I would like to do
something similar.
How did you attach the handle on the lid?

A favorite for me, thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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mmh

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#12 posted 1962 days ago

Nice wood and beautiful box. Is that your logo on the bottom side, “dash over the dot”. }:)~

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1962 days ago

Very clean and crisp! Beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 1962 days ago

Another fine piece, Charlie. Love that handle! Is that more of your treasure trove of inlay banding?

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

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 1962 days ago

Thanks, Everyone!

Doug: Yep…that’s from my stash. I love this particular pattern because it is exactly the width of a saw kerf, so installation is a snap.

Gene: I think glue alone would have held the handle on okay, but I added a couple of small screws from the underside of the lid just to be on the safe side.

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

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