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Project by SM posted 1648 days ago 1753 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first set is made of 90 year old Nara (from my father’s basement), and the lids are spalted birch from the wood pile. The Jewelry box is cherry. The small “pocket box” I made for my father’s birthday, and is also Nara. I’ll explain the spalted birch in the next project. The third, rather hunky/funky, was my attempt to salvage a brown maple, kidney shaped bandsaw box, in which the lid warped, twisted and bowed; really a mess. So I took the remaining center and made a removalbe tray. It works as a “bedside box” in which to put your watch, glasses, cell phone, pocket change, etc., when you go to bed.

The Nara is interesting in that it was a 2 inch thick, 12 inch by 8 foot slab of wood, black with dirt, shoved under my Dad’s work bench. I ask him about it and he said, “Oh, that’s some wood your Uncle Jack gave me fifty odd years ago; I think he said it was, ‘Nara’.”

I had not heard of “Nara”, but as a kid, I was told, “Uncle Jack works in the Orient”, and I remember there was all sorts of very exotic stuff around their house, including furniture.

Consequently, every now and then I call up my dad and ask him to send me another hunk.

I could not find much information on this wood, so I would be interested in what anyone can tell me.

-- SM





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GMman

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#1 posted 1648 days ago

Great job on those beautiful boxes, I will have to try my luck at making some boxes.
I have lots of birds eye maple, short pieces 16 to 18 inches long.

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 1648 days ago

http://www.curiouswoods.com/wood--Narra--N

Very nice boxes !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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scrappy

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#3 posted 1648 days ago

Fantastic gruop of boxes. Really like the cherry jewelry box. Great design and figure in the wood. Well done!

Keep up the great work.

Scrappy

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

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OutPutter

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#4 posted 1647 days ago

Nice bunch of boxes. The only problem I see is your dad cutting up the Nara to send it to you. lol

-- Jim

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Loucarb

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#5 posted 1647 days ago

Very nice boxes. Well done.

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richgreer

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#6 posted 1647 days ago

Very nice boxes. As an FYI – You may have heard of wood called “amboyna burl”. Amboyna burl is the burl wood from the narra tree. It would be logical to call it “narra burl” but we do not do that. The narra trees on Amboyna Island were noted for their burls and people started calling that burl wood “amboyna burl”. Now burl from any narra tree is called amboyna burl. Narra grows primarily in SE Asia.

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

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Monty Queen

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#7 posted 1647 days ago

Looks nice, well done.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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bigike

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#8 posted 1647 days ago

saweeeeeeeet boxes, great work on all of them. i like the one with the little draw and rounded top.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 1647 days ago

Excellent!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1647 days ago

wow super bunch of boxes all look great.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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degoose

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#11 posted 1646 days ago

These boxes are all so different…nicely designed and well crafted…
FWIW from the link that Dusty56 posted the botanical name is pteracarpus indicus.. and that being so… I know this as New Guinea Rosewood. This is a wonderful timber to work with… I only have access to boards… largest being 5’’ by 2’’ ....this timber is available all over Australia… for quite a reasonable price…Used a lot in Kitchens… drawers and doors… as such the cabinet makers charge a fortune for it…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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SM

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#12 posted 1646 days ago

Thanks for the information on the Nara and associated names. I had read that it was in the same category as Paduak, but was not sure since it does look very different. “Rose” does not describe the colour of this peice either but the grain looks right.

I too felt a reticent to cut it up, but Dad and I are on opposite sides of the continent. Also, by the time I got it dressed, I would loose a lot. This way, there is very little waste; and I can make a lot of boxes and still have a sizable chunk left over until I figure a way to get it home. That is my rational for now.

When I get the system sorted out, for posting pictures to a blog, I’ll post some pictures of Dad’s circle jig.
Cheers and thanks.

-- SM

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