Ebony box

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Project by emtwoodworker posted 02-03-2010 06:07 PM 1863 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.

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#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.


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#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

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

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

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#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!

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#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"

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#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

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

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

branch ok

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#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."

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

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

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#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.

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#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.

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

Looks great to me



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#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.

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

SO cool… love it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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

Stunning. Elegantly understated.


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

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