Ebony box

  • Advertise with us
Project by emtwoodworker posted 02-03-2010 06:07 PM 1639 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an ebony box I just completed. It is 8 1/2” tall and about 4” wide. Personally I think it’s too plain, but I made it for a customer and that’s what he wanted. It’s finished with minwax spray on lacquer followed by a coat of paste wax.

15 comments so far

View mnorusis's profile


153 posts in 2565 days

#1 posted 02-03-2010 06:11 PM

I’ve learned that plain and simple are two very different words. I think your box is simple, but definitely not plain.

Well done.


View a1Jim's profile


115177 posts in 2999 days

#2 posted 02-03-2010 06:14 PM

This is a unique box with a great design and cool idea using earth magnets as a latch. great job

-- Custom furniture

View Mike's profile


12 posts in 2459 days

#3 posted 02-03-2010 06:15 PM

Beautiful, love the ebony/felt contrast! You did great.

-- Hand Turned Turkey Calls

View sras's profile


4363 posts in 2552 days

#4 posted 02-03-2010 06:25 PM

I agree with Mike. This simple box allows you to focus on the shape and the color of the ebony – two very nice things!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View CharlieM1958's profile


16229 posts in 3641 days

#5 posted 02-03-2010 06:27 PM

Sweeeeet! But I ain’t even gonna ask what he wants to keep in there.

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

View SgtSnafu's profile


960 posts in 2694 days

#6 posted 02-03-2010 07:17 PM

Yeah I would not call it plain either.. Well done box

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

View branch's profile


1107 posts in 2577 days

#7 posted 02-03-2010 07:19 PM

hi great looking box like the shape and design well down keep them coming

branch ok

View Jonathan's profile


2608 posts in 2473 days

#8 posted 02-03-2010 07:43 PM

I second the use of the magnets. I like that it’s a nice, clean closure method that doesn’t distract the eye from the ebony.

Did you put anything behind the felt, or tape/glue it straight to the ebony?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

View John Harris's profile

John Harris

57 posts in 2466 days

#9 posted 02-03-2010 08:14 PM

Awesome job! Is that felt or did you use flock?

View emtwoodworker's profile


52 posts in 2917 days

#10 posted 02-03-2010 08:42 PM

Thanks for the comments. The lining is adhesive backed velvet from Rockler.
Charlie, the box is for some type of parchment scroll.
Jonathan, I finished the box with lacquer inside and out and then put in the lining.

View Kristoffer's profile


675 posts in 2638 days

#11 posted 02-03-2010 09:34 PM

Very, very, nice!!! The simplicity does the ebony justice. A nice purple heart stand might have really made it pop. Yet another project that I’m going to have to try, that is, if you don’t mind me borrowing the design.

-- Cheers and God Bless

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2715 posts in 2709 days

#12 posted 02-03-2010 09:45 PM

Looks great to me



View NoSlivers's profile


210 posts in 2512 days

#13 posted 02-03-2010 09:49 PM

Ebony is a simply beautiful wood. It sometimes presents some difficulties, especially with thinner stock. You’ve done a great job. This has an undeniably gothic look, and the fact that you used magnets to eliminate the need for hardware gives it an even more mysterious appearance.

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

View Blake's profile


3442 posts in 3297 days

#14 posted 02-05-2010 08:56 PM

SO cool… love it.

-- Happy woodworking!

View BritBoxmaker's profile


4607 posts in 2459 days

#15 posted 05-10-2010 10:52 AM

Stunning. Elegantly understated.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics