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Figured Makore / Figured Walnut (The Alien Box)

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Project by mony posted 12-11-2015 04:02 PM 2229 views 9 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my newest box, my favorite until I start the next one. This box is made from figured makore, walnut and figured walnut. The trim on the lid is amboyna burl and ebony. The trays inside are sapele. The box is 14” x 9.5” x 5.5”.

I couldn’t resist taking a picture from the backside of the box. If you look, you can see why I call it the alien box.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mony





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XquietflyX

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 04:07 PM

Wow that’s really amazing work.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 04:17 PM

Great looking box. What finish did you use?

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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mony

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#3 posted 12-11-2015 04:29 PM

Thanks for asking Steve. The finish is several coats of waterlox rubbed out.

-- Mony

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#4 posted 12-11-2015 05:11 PM

Mony, the box looks great I like the way you did the top.

Richard

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#5 posted 12-11-2015 05:52 PM

Thanks for the response concerning the finish, Mony.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 07:12 PM

Another spectacular box!! I’m beginning to see a pattern in your work, and I’m not just talking about the alien…

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 08:23 PM

Beautiful work. The woods and the finish are fantastic.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 12-11-2015 08:55 PM

Get out! That is AMAZING! I love how strong everything is. Even the weight of the inner partitions is larger than I expected. The finish is just awesome.

Can you describe your finishing process on this?

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#9 posted 12-11-2015 09:04 PM

Wow very beautiful, lovely work.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#10 posted 12-11-2015 09:18 PM

toddbeaulieu,
The finish is waterlox (wiped on) graduating to finer sandpaper between each coat (about 9 coats) up to 2000 grit at the end, then rubbing out after the curing process using water and dish soap with 3000 grit, then 4000 grit, following by waxing.

-- Mony

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#11 posted 12-11-2015 09:21 PM

A real beauty !.... The mottled makore and walnut are perfect together. Love the aliens ….Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 12-11-2015 09:29 PM

Mony, what type of wax do you use in your finishing technique?

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#13 posted 12-11-2015 09:35 PM

Black Bison wax made by Liberon (neutral).

-- Mony

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#14 posted 12-11-2015 10:42 PM

Beautiful. How thick are the sides?

-- Dan, TN

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#15 posted 12-11-2015 11:45 PM

Whooooa dude. That is one beautiful piece. Before I even read the name of the project I was fixated on the alien images. Kinda like the ones who abducted me one night. Well at least I think it was them. I still have the missing tooth and plastic tag they put on my ear.

Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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