Zebra Wood Hobbit Hotel

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-27-2009 04:45 AM 1723 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made a bigger box out of Zebra wood and had a long thin core piece left over. I looked through some old books and found a similar design and decided to try something a little different. On this band saw box you first cut off the back. Then, with one entry you cut a three looped pattern all in one cut forming the three little drawers.

It is about 8” tall, 3” wide and 3 1/2” deep. It is a little tipsy because of its proportions. The pulls were shaped from Zebra wood cutoffs. A few coats of thinned poly and it was ready to go. The drawers are flocked with brown fibers to go along with the brown tones of the Zebra wood.

Zebra wood is somewhat difficult to work with for this kind of box because it likes to splinter and you have to be really careful as you get down to the final sanding or you end up with wood whiskers standing up all over the piece. A careful rubdown with 0000 steel wool in between the layers of poly usually helps bring it to a nice shine.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 05-27-2009 04:58 AM

Very cool. It does look a little tipsy. I am making something out of the zebrawood myself… very hard to work with. My main problem is tear out. It needs to be treated like crazy grained wood even though it looks super straight. Maybe add a larger base to keep it stable? Nice.

-- LAS,

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#2 posted 05-27-2009 05:06 AM

Your just a machine crankin out these boxes aren’t you? Well it looks great, and yes zebra wood has it’s special fun to it. The grain runs 2 directional, thats why it’s a pain to sand and work. Very nice looking piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 05-27-2009 05:20 AM

cool band saw box nice design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-27-2009 07:14 AM

Nice job, I’ve noticed your bandsaw boxes never seem to show the obvious cut-in to get it started. I suppose this is because you relieve the edges of the drawers. Do yiou do something else to hide it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-27-2009 12:14 PM

One long and nicely done. Never worked or seen zebra wood here.. looks groovy!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 05-27-2009 12:15 PM


Another good looking bandsawn box. Good to see your use of same timber handles ~ keep up the good work.

Your rate of production is impressive, I look forward to getting back into bandsawn boxes after completing the set up of my new workshop, hopefully in January 2010

Tony Ward

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#7 posted 05-27-2009 03:11 PM

Great box…. to hide the kerf are you using some creative clamping during glue up??? I am so wanting to do another bandsaw box.

-- Hrolfr

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#8 posted 05-27-2009 08:06 PM

Thanks for the comments LJs. As for the kerf. It’s actually kind of hidden due to the pattern of the Zebrawood. If you zoom on picture one you can see it coming up from the center of the front. I usually don’t try to close the kerfs since I’ve noticed it can put a lot of stress on the wood. I don’t want a box to go “sproing” on me or on a customer.

I had a recent computer crash so am photographing some of my finished work to re-capture them for posterity. A couple folks have been saying, “Man, you crank those out quick!” This is why there is the current bulk of items showing up. Just documenting stuff so I don’t lose it if the CPU crashes again.

Thanks to everyone for looking and taking the time to post a comment.

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

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