Maple and Wenge Jewelry Box

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Project by rrlumber posted 05-18-2009 06:21 AM 2753 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project thinking it was going to be simple but it actually proved to be fairly challenging. Wenge is a beautiful wood but it does splinter easily. I would like to do another project with this wood on a larger scale.

I finished the project with linseed oil and then polished it with wax.

I got the plans from WOOD magazine a while ago.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 06:26 AM

Looks great Darrell I really like the contrast of the wenge and maple.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 06:47 AM

Very nice box, well done.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 10:45 AM

OK, I officially feel like a hack! Darrell, this is a wonderful piece. The contrast with the Maple and Wenge is very classy.

Was this for a gift, a commission, dunno yet?

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 03:02 PM

Gorgeous jewelry box!

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

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 03:26 PM

I have not worked with Wenge for almost a year and still have splinters from it… nice wood but not easy to work with. The box however is great to quote my buddy Charlie ” Gorgeous” did you have to buy all that bling?

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 05:25 PM

Very nice! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 06:46 PM

Thanks for the nice comments… My wife makes a lot of her jewelry so fortunately I did not have to purchase most of it ; ‘)

The box was a gift to her for our anniversary.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 08:51 PM

Really nice. I like how the wenge pieces give a curvy looks to the whole box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 10:08 PM

Fantastic job. The contract is awesome.


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#10 posted 05-18-2009 10:18 PM

Great box. Love the contrasting woods.

Does look rather chalenging with the drawers. They are very nice.

I like the full length handles also. Gives the box more layers and has function.

Corners are great. Love the way they bow out in center.

Keep up the wonderfull work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 05-18-2009 11:28 PM

Truly a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#12 posted 05-19-2009 01:25 AM

Really nice design and wood and craftsmanship. Beautiful!!

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

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#13 posted 05-19-2009 04:10 AM

Darrell, great job, I like this design too. Nice contrasting wood choices.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 07-01-2010 01:01 PM

The contrast is what really caught my eye with this piece. It really shows the beautiful lines. It is very beautiful and you did a great job. Thank you for sharing it.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#15 posted 08-22-2011 07:13 PM

this is a very beautiful jb. that grain really pops. looks like lotsa good stuff inside. nice project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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