Curly Maple and Wenge Box

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Project by mgb_2x posted 12-31-2009 12:50 AM 2282 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my book you can’t beat a piece of Curly Maple. One of my local buddies has quite a nice collection of really unusual wood, while there one time I asked what he had in Curly Maple and he pulled out 5 little slabs from a crotch. Those pieces yielded enough wood to make the sides and top for this box. Again I selected Wenge for the top and base to provide the nice contrast I like. I also inlayed a small strip of Padauk in the top. Used Danish oil and wax for the finish. The manager at the local wood shop always complains about the cheap hinges I use but as I tell him I can’t see spending 30 bucks for a nice set of hinges on each box I make. I am very happy with the end result.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 12:54 AM

Nice looking box.

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 01:08 AM

Very nice box. I agree with your point on hinges. The local Ace Hardware has great little hinges for about $5.00 a set. I also like making my own hinges out of wood. It is not hard to do and it can add a special element to a piece. The key device is the Incra Hingecrafter – - I saw this device on the internet and decided I could make hinges without it. After a full day of frustration I ordered the Hingecrafter.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 01:08 AM

Some great looking wood for sure!

I’m with you on the cheap hardware. I make a lot of boxes, and I just can’t justify the big-bucks hinges unless someone else is paying for them.

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

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 02:25 AM

Great box. I agreee on the hinge isue ;-) Welcome to LJ!

-- 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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#5 posted 12-31-2009 06:05 AM

Fantastic box. Those little scraps your freind had was a treasure trove of wnderfull wood. Like the use of wenge for the contrast also. Makes the figure in the maple stand out even more. Ggreat design and build.

Keep it up.


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#6 posted 12-31-2009 06:15 AM

Wonderful box

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 03:26 PM

This is a nice looking box. The wood combination works well and the curly maple that you used has some nice graining to it. You have a nice design on the box as well.

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