Wenge Memorial Box

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Project by Rob posted 05-30-2009 12:04 AM 2169 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

This is a Wenge memorial box approx 250×150 x 150mm in dimension, with Huon Pine splines. There is a glass panel in the lid to allow for a photo of, or poem for the deceased.
Finish is Scandinavian oil and wax.




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#1 posted 05-30-2009 12:18 AM

Hey Rob
This is very well done I love that Wenge and Huon ? Pine. This is a most gorgeous box

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 01:29 AM


-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 02:16 AM

Very nice box . How does the Scan. oil differ from Danish oil finish ?

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

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#4 posted 05-30-2009 02:41 AM

Very nice box. The keys set off that wenge great.

Nice construction. The glass panel is a good touch.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 05-30-2009 03:51 AM

Great work Rob.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 05-30-2009 05:58 AM

Did you have to use any special glue? I have some wenge that I haven’t tried anything with yet, doesn’t seem like it would agree with standard water based glues.


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#7 posted 05-30-2009 06:04 AM

A great job. Beautiful box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 05-30-2009 03:10 PM

That is one top job especially with the “Huon Pine” inserts….....good use of Aussie timber Rob.

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#9 posted 05-30-2009 11:25 PM

Hi all,
Thanks for the kind comments.

Dusty56, I did a side by side comparison of Wattyl Scandinavian oil and Feast Watson Danish oil on a piece of highly figured Red Gum a couple of years ago. The Danish oil masked some of the more subtle figure in the wood, which I was not happy with. In contrast, the Scandinavian oil seemed to bring the figure and grain into a sharper relief. So now I use it all the time. I use a friction seal method, which requires prep of the timber to 400g, oil to saturation, then wet sand from 400 to 4000g. After a day or so drying, you can use any final coat you want. Shellac, spray on finish or my favourite, wax.

Bud, You are right about the aliphatic glues, they don’t work well with Wenge. I used a 2 part Epoxy resin for this project with no problems.




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#10 posted 05-31-2009 08:25 AM

Flat out beautiful! Wenge is a wonderful wood as long as you consider its oil content and it sounds like you did.

Keep up the great work.

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

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#11 posted 12-05-2009 06:45 PM


-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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