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Project by Damian Penney posted 06-26-2007 11:59 PM 4787 views 9 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a little box that I made for my wife made from Zebra wood. Simple little miters for the corners, and the top and bottom are floating panels.

The one mistake I made with this box was the location of the hinges, they should have been on the opposite side because the grain wraps around both sides on the opposite side (you can see on the open shot it doesn’t match on that lower right hand side corner) Turned out okay though because now the front has a cool looking jag on the front that you wouldn’t have ordinarily seen.

Finish is Maloof Poly/Oil & Oil/Wax

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso





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Max

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#1 posted 06-27-2007 12:03 AM

Very nice, I really like the look of Zebra wood. I am sure your wife liked it very much.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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GaryK

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#2 posted 06-27-2007 12:54 AM

Cool Looking box. That was not a mistake. It’s called a design feature.

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

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Karson

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#3 posted 06-27-2007 02:10 AM

Damian: Do you know how to make all 4 corners match. It’s possible.

You get a board that is the length of one side and one end.
You resaw it into half, so now you have two boards that are mirror images of one-another. The two inside pieces are the same.

You mark as in the picture and join the ends with a 45% angle. All corners match.

You need a 7/8 board to get 3/8” sides or 5/4 to get 1/2” sides.

Really I’m backwards on the picture because the inside of the box would match. So what you need to do is after resawing put the original outside surfaces together so that the new inside cuts are on the outside and mark as shown.

I failed to tell you to reorganize the boards before marking the end numbers.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 06-27-2007 02:13 AM

Ahhhh, I did not know that. Thanks for the tip :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Karson

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#5 posted 06-27-2007 02:16 AM

No problem.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#6 posted 06-27-2007 02:23 AM

Damian: here is a small box that I made for my wife. What was unique was the height of each of the corners were a different length.

The board that I resawn went from 2” to 3” down the length of the board. So I had to cut box joints that matched in each of the corners. So the right rear corner was the tallest. The right front was a little less and the left rear was shorter still and the left front was the shortest.

After I cut the box joints and glued it up, I had to sand the top surface to allow for the lid to fit without rocking.

It was an interesting challenge to get it done. We were having a box joint class at my woodworking club, and I brought in this challenge to try.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Napaman

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#7 posted 06-27-2007 02:32 AM

wow…that is really helpful karson!!! I want to try this…Great Project damian…I really like the zebra wood…

Where do you get your wood in Oakland??

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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mot

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#8 posted 06-27-2007 02:50 AM

Awesome box Damian! Thanks for the howto, Karson!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob Babcock

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#9 posted 06-27-2007 03:26 AM

Beautiful box Damian…

Great how to Karson. This illustrates one of the best reasons for checking out every single project on the site. What a great tidbit of info to file away.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Damian Penney

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#10 posted 06-27-2007 03:59 AM

I reckon you could win yourself a prize sending that tip in to one of the woodworking mags.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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scottb

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#11 posted 06-27-2007 05:05 AM

Nice box, you can still call it a “spontaneous design change” – a quote I picked up from the instructor of a spindle turning class I once took.

We all learn from the best here – our fellow LJ’s!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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woodspar

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#12 posted 06-27-2007 05:15 AM

Thanks for posting the information Karson, I am trying that a.s.a.p.

Damian, Great idea to pose the box on your carpeted stairs! It makes for a great backdrop. Much better than my tired old drop cloth! :-) Oh, lest I forget – Beautiful box!

-- John

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 06-27-2007 05:51 AM

Great box Damian, even though Karson was late with his suggestion, it still came out nice.. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Karson

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#14 posted 06-27-2007 06:01 AM

This was a trial for all the future boxes Mike.

He didn’t know he had a problem until this box was finished. Now he has a soution.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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oscorner

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#15 posted 06-27-2007 04:04 PM

Great looking Zebra wood box. Thanks for the how-to, Karson. You’re a well of knowledge!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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