Spalted Mango Box

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Project by Don posted 01-02-2010 12:58 AM 4834 views 18 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bolivian Rosewood which is a very hard and dense wood along with Spalted Mango which is very soft and pourous. Finish is Shellac and wax.

Assembling and sanding this without damaging the Spalted Mango was difficult to the extreme difference in hardness. Finishing was also difficult due to the Spalted Mango sucking up as much finish as I gave it and the Rosewood being so dense I could almost buff it without any finish. I had to keep applying the finish to the Mango and then sanding it off of the Rosewood. I lost track of how many total coats I had to apply.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 01-02-2010 01:10 AM

i know the feeling, about loosing track of finnish coats i have a box top i finnished mabee 15 times cuz i started over a few times. i like the spalted mango wood never seen before till now it kinda look like spalted maple just a real nice piece of it. rosewood i never worked with either but the way u mixed these contrasting woods came out real good nice job. did u use an incra fence for the joinery? that also came out nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 01:12 AM

Well, it turned out beautiful. Craftsmanship is gorgeous.

-- -Todd

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 01:23 AM

Great combination of woods. Beautiful box!

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

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#4 posted 01-02-2010 01:27 AM

wow…you did a wonderful job on this box , i love it…thanks for showing it….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 01:27 AM

Nice use of contrasting woods. Beautiful results are worth the effort.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 03:32 AM

Awesome job on that box, i love it.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 04:38 AM

Great looking box! Great job on the finish too. I once made a presentation baseball bat out of red cedar and oak so I fully understand what you went through with the finishing.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 05:01 AM

Thanks for all the compliments everyone!

Ike, I used a Porter Cable Omnijig for the dovetails.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 05:27 AM

Fantastic box. Great woods and design. Love the 2 different size dovetails.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 01-02-2010 07:20 AM

Hey Don
This is a wonderful box I like the contrasting woods and dovetailed corners. I have never dovetailed to a corner piece like you’ve done on this box It would be interesting to see how it was done. It would be cool if you did a blog on that operation.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-02-2010 04:06 PM

This is a very impressive box. I’m particularly impressed with the dovetailed corner pieces.

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

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#12 posted 01-02-2010 04:26 PM

Love the wood. Very nice

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#13 posted 01-02-2010 05:28 PM

Great looking box! I really like the corners.

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

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#14 posted 01-02-2010 05:58 PM

Very nice! As others have said, the corners and the finish are very well done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 01-02-2010 10:39 PM

I love everything about this box, but like the others I am especially impressed with the way you did the corners.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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