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Figured Mahogany - From an Unusual Place

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Project by Ardbeg_Mike posted 09-19-2015 02:16 AM 1421 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The figured Mahogany sides on this box started out as painted drawer fronts I found on the side of the road. The fronts were painted a solid dark chocolate brown, with foam applique. Only a small band of the drawer contained the figured grain. The Mahogany is old-grown South American.

I wanted to highlight the sides, so I inset the top.

Also my first foray into a curved veneet top. I milled the radius with a router.

(The stock was about 5/16 by this point, ie I had to resaw, so the splines had to be external.)

Once in a lifetime find. So I gave the box to my brother.

Regards, Ardbeg Mike





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#1 posted 09-19-2015 03:29 AM

Awesome box!! On which road do you look for this kind of wood? ;-)

-- 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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#2 posted 09-19-2015 12:40 PM

Beautiful box and fantastic sides….now I am going to start watching the side of the road

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 06:23 PM

the box turned out great. Its beautiful and sort of exotic looking. I can only imagine what was going through your head when you figured out what kind of wood you had discovered.

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#4 posted 09-19-2015 07:00 PM

WOW! That is some beautiful figure! This is why I wouldn’t want to work in a furniture factory. It break my heart to put paint on the likes of this. You’ve transformed it into an heirloom! Thanks for sharing, Mike.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-19-2015 09:50 PM

Beautiful wood and an incredibly beautiful box.

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#6 posted 09-19-2015 09:52 PM

Great find ,looks great/

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#7 posted 09-20-2015 12:00 AM

That’s some spectacular looking wood! The veneer on the lid is special as well but I don’t have a clue what it is???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-20-2015 01:55 PM

Nice save!

-- Doug...

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 05:46 PM

That’s some beautiful figure, nice save

-- When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disapointed they are not it.

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