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Project by woodnguns posted 08-21-2007 10:12 PM 2255 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Padauk, Peruvian Walnut, and Zebra make what I think is a great combination. It is finished now, I will post new photos as soon as time allows. I am interested to hear what you all think. I await your creative reviews.

-- woodnguns

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#1 posted 08-21-2007 11:05 PM

I like the way you employ the wood, and the grain matching is superb. Good job

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#2 posted 08-22-2007 12:04 AM

beautiful for sure!

everytime i see a project with zebra wood, i get more and more excited about building some out of it. guess that means a trip to the wood store. anyway you really did a superb job on the box, i love that you built it out of what looks like 4/4 or 5/4 stock. bigger is better when it comes to such excellent wood. how thick are the zebra wood insert panels?

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#3 posted 08-22-2007 12:06 AM

Looks great. How did you hinge the lid?

-- bryano

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#4 posted 08-22-2007 12:40 AM

I think this is beautiful!!!! gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 01:13 AM

I recently discovered how much I like Zebra when mixed with other woods. The lid is hinged with pins through the posts. The box is mortise and tennon construction with the zebra overlay and walnut trim. The padauk posts are the key with the rest supported by them. The top was resawn from one peice of padauk and I tried to match the grain as close as possible so it has a look of being one peice. It is fitted very tightly. Since I am somewhat new to this box building thing, please feel free to give me your input so I can improve my craft on the next project.

-- woodnguns

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 01:17 AM

I am sure this will win Don’s stamp of approval on a wooden box. Nice color and woodgrain selection you have. Well done.

Is that front panel floating in a frame, or just has an edge on the top?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 01:34 AM

I love your use of the walnut around the panels. Great work!!!

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#8 posted 08-22-2007 04:39 AM

WG, this is a very nicely designed and executed box. As Aubster stated, you have done a superb job of matching the grain.

I particularly note that you have matched the lid frame grain with the top of the side panel frames. I am curious about the look of the sides of the boxes. Because the face grain of the lid frame matches with the grain at the top of the side-panel frame, I suppose this means that the side view of this piece shows end grain. That is normally avoided, but I would have to see the effect to comment.

I like the ‘frames within frames’ design. One only has six surfaces to a normal cube-shaped box, so any deviation from the norm is to be applauded.

How did you construct the lid? It looks like you have book matched two solid pieces but I can’t figure out how you installed the Zebra panel. Since it doesn’t go all the way through the frame, and there doesn’t appear to be any corner miters in the frame, I can’t see how you did this.

My personal design inclination is to avoid competing surfaces. If I use a highly figured top panel, I avoid eye competition by placing a similar panel at the front or ends. Also, my taste has evolved to using thinner stock when box making. I normally go between 12 – 15mm (approx 3/8” to 5/8”).

All in all, WG, this is one very interesting box, and I just love small wooden boxes!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 08-22-2007 05:04 AM

Just one beautiful box you have made woodnguns! Wow!!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 08-22-2007 05:07 AM

Great looking box. A nice combination of colors and textures.

-- 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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#11 posted 08-22-2007 06:17 AM

Great box!! Really some visually interesting things going on with the wood combination. How did you like working with the padauk? I have used it a couple of times and spent a fair amount of fuss avoiding bleeding and color transfer during sanding and finishing.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#12 posted 08-22-2007 01:07 PM

beautiful combinations of woods !

-- .: silent walnut :.

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#13 posted 08-22-2007 03:23 PM

Great woods put to great use with a unique design. Nice!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 08-22-2007 08:30 PM

I think it’s great, nice design and nice execution, you should be proud.

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#15 posted 08-23-2007 12:43 AM

Beautiful box, Don could’nt have done more justice to it. He has a great eye for small great looking boxes. jockmike

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

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