Karla's Box

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Project by DavidH posted 04-09-2009 05:14 AM 2776 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was an anniversary present for my fiancée and was my first time building a box. I enjoyed building this one, the one thing that did not go as perfectly as I would like are the hinge mortises, I did these by hand and I am sure I will get better at them with practice.

Materials: Zebra wood, Walnut Burl veneer, crushed black velvet, brass stop hinges.

A special thanks to pgreene for posting the dimensions to his box:
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-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 05:16 AM

Great looking box!

How do you hold the velvet in there?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 05:33 AM

Thanks Gary.

I followed your blog on flocking without flock :) thank you for posting that information.

The cardboard (poster board) i used was a little flimsy so i did use some 5 minute epoxy to hold the sides to the box.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 05:53 AM

Thats an awesome box!! Great choice of wood!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 06:52 AM

its great works. i love zebra wood as well.


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#5 posted 04-09-2009 08:53 AM

I doubt anyone will notice any problems with the hinge mortises with that awesome looking wood to hold their attention. Great looking box.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#6 posted 04-09-2009 01:15 PM

Looks great David! I really like the walnut burl top. I guess I’m going to have to go get some veneer and start playing around.

-- Patrick

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#7 posted 04-09-2009 04:11 PM


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 04-09-2009 04:35 PM

Great looking box! Your hinge mortising looks fine from here.

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

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#9 posted 04-09-2009 04:49 PM

Wow… that wood is just beautiful…Nice job… I’m sure she loved it…

Happy and safe woodworking,


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#10 posted 04-09-2009 04:52 PM

Great box. Zebra always lends itself to mitred corners, especically when you do a decent job of lining up the grain.

-- Chris

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#11 posted 04-10-2009 05:14 PM

Great work,that turned out fantastic. I love the Zebra wood,it looks great.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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#12 posted 04-10-2009 05:34 PM

Fantastic box . All of your corners are perfect and that grain is beautiful …iI doubt the mortises will ever be noticed by anyone .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 04-10-2009 05:43 PM

Thanks everyone.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#14 posted 04-11-2009 12:21 AM

Great looking ARTWORK keep up the good work!

-- Bernie Stemplinger

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#15 posted 04-11-2009 10:20 PM

Very nice. Love the burl contrast with the zebra wood.

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