Mahogany and spaltled maple box

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Project by Ken Reed posted 02-19-2010 07:40 AM 2188 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty straightforward; made for a friend to keep her magazines out of sight but still be accessible on her coffee table.

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 07:49 AM

What a beautiful box. I love the details. The two woods look great together.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 08:27 AM

Great box. Nice design and love the woods.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 08:28 AM

That looks cool, does the top have like rifts cut across the grain or am I cross-eyed already :)

Thanx for the post

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 09:11 AM

Very nice looking box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 03:24 PM

Sharp looking box. The corner joint post looks real cool.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 03:28 PM

The spalted maple is beautiful and I really like the corner posts. Very nice…

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 05:30 PM

nicely done. I’ve got a couple of pieces of spalted maple that I am waiting for an inspiration to use. I might try them in a box similar to yours. How did you cut the curves on the posts?


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#8 posted 02-19-2010 06:02 PM

Thanks all!

SawDust: no, the maple lid is flat; it’s just the wild grain that makes it look like it’s been carved. The illusion exists in real life and people will run their fingers over it and be surprised to find it flat!

JayJay, Blockhead and Joe,

The corner posts are attached to the sides and back with my Festool Domino using the new, tiny, 4mm tenons. I glue up the legs while they are still square to give me a good clamping surface, then shape the curves with my Festool RO150 and 40 grit paper….takes about 5 minutes with the orbit set to the more aggressive pattern. Change paper and smooth out the shape. It matches the legs of a guitar stand I made for the same woman using koa. Unfortunately the two pieces ended up in different rooms.

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 06:57 PM

Sweet box! Nice lines and colors. That spalted wood is fantastic.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 06:58 PM

I’ve never seen spalted quilted maple before.. nice stuff. :) Well done box.. a simple design that lets its materials sing.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#11 posted 02-19-2010 08:48 PM

Nice cleans lines…very pleasing to the eye. I know everybody else said it but yes, beautiful spalted maple lid!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 02-19-2010 09:33 PM

sweet top

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 11:45 PM

Beautiful box. That maple is a lucky find.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 02-20-2010 01:44 AM

Great looking box.

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#15 posted 02-20-2010 01:56 AM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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