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Project by MrMark posted 1987 days ago 1687 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First time working with figured maple – it schooled me -especially at the planer!

Started off following a woodcraft plan but soon diverged. The wife says it looks like a little coffin, like a rat coffin maybe… Pretty swanky rat coffin if you ask me.

While hollowing out the underside of the lid, I lost hold of it and it went ricocheting (SP?) around the shop, I couldn’t get all the digs out at that point, so it’s a little “broken in” probably only noticeable enough to remind me to use the feather boards next time :)

But it was a fun little project and I learned a lot.

Thanks for looking





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spanky46

977 posts in 2018 days


#1 posted 1987 days ago

Very pretty! Great looking grain.
I agree with your wife but in the picture we can’t tell the size!
Nice workmanship.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1987 days ago

Great little box. The wood is gorgeous, and I really like the shape.

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

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Tim Dorcas

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#3 posted 1987 days ago

Looks great to me!

-- www.craftedbytim.com - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & www.craftedbytim.com - I make. You buy.

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MrMark

31 posts in 2003 days


#4 posted 1987 days ago

Thanks for all the kind feedback!

Spanky46 -ha! good point it’s about 11” x 4” x 3” -about the size of a tall skinny rat :)

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mtnwild

3474 posts in 2154 days


#5 posted 1987 days ago

Looks good to me. Nice box. That figured maple can be frustrating, for sure.

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

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Spuds

25 posts in 2093 days


#6 posted 1987 days ago

Love the look of the wood … what was the learning at the planer?

-- Steve

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DavidH

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#7 posted 1987 days ago

i like the design of this one as well as the wood. good job.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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majeagle1

1416 posts in 2123 days


#8 posted 1987 days ago

Beautiful wood combination and I love this design. Great job…...
What is the dark wood? Walnut??

Thanks for sharing

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

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MrMark

31 posts in 2003 days


#9 posted 1987 days ago

Thank you all for such kind words!!!

I actually cheated a bit on the contrast, the walnut was stained with “dark walnut” before glue-up, and the maple with a “natural” then after assembly I hit it with some shellac then wax, 300 grit between all coats. not much rhyme to the reason – I certainly haven’t developed my finishing method but I’m pretty happy with the results, but the wood did most of the work :)

Spuds – the jointer lesson was -just because you think it should run through a certain way – it’ll let you know, I’ve never had chunks torn out like that!! It good thing I was planing a whole 1/4 off :) had plenty of learning material…

majeagle1 – yes, those ends are walnut

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BillG

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#10 posted 1987 days ago

Nice work, I like the simple design and the contrast of woods.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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Douglas Bordner

3962 posts in 2691 days


#11 posted 1987 days ago

Great looking box, with some bitchin’ maple. I like the finger slot for lifting the lid.
Next time out try moistening the maple with mineral spirits and letting it sit a minute before running it through the jointer/planer. With that much figure, you are always going to have grain running counter to what you intuit to be the downhill slope.

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

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happy_budah

132 posts in 2426 days


#12 posted 1987 days ago

i just planed some tiger maple and through some research found that if you dampen the wood first and then take verry thin cuts there was no tear out as long as you remember to orient the wood the right way!
nice box love the contrast

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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unknownwoodworker

219 posts in 2331 days


#13 posted 1987 days ago

Looks Great! I’m amazed how many different designs are posted at LJ.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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MrMark

31 posts in 2003 days


#14 posted 1986 days ago

Thanks Douglas I’ll keep that trick in my back pocket!

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Chris

338 posts in 1985 days


#15 posted 1980 days ago

Nice looking design, although I see what your wife means. I agree with Doug on the finger pull. I’ve also had pretty good luck with the dampening trick.

-- Chris

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