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Project by Jon Spelbring posted 02-21-2010 12:45 AM 1801 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was several years ago, and I had picked up a pretty piece of (unknown species at the time) wood. I loved the way the grain looked, and it was a small piece, so I decided to make a small, simple box. Nothing fancy. No miters, no splines, just glue and butt joints. I later learned that the wood is called Wenge. I probably should have saved it for accents somewhere, but I was new. Also, I wanted to show off the grain that makes up the lid.

This was also my first attempt at using a hand plane. IMO, Wenge is not a very friendly wood. Lots of splintering and tear out.

I can’t remember the finish – Either poly or lacquer.

-- To do is to be





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KMJohnson

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 12:50 AM

Nice box.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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Chris

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 03:21 AM

Line it with spanish cedar and you can have a humidor for cigars. Anyway nice job.

-- One Time Tree Man

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Padre

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 03:37 AM

This is a great first project.

-- Chip -----------http://www.penmanchip.com-----------------Micah 6:8

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 04:06 AM

Cool box. I’ve never worked with wenge, is it a soft or hard wood?

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 06:54 AM

Jason,

It’s a hard wood – brittle and splintery.

-- To do is to be

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 07:07 AM

Very nice job, Jon!

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 07:14 AM

Nice box Jon.

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 08:30 AM

Looks good to me.
Yes, wenge can be a real b!t$h to work with, especially with hand planes. My gallery shows the first box I ever made, also out of wenge.

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#9 posted 02-21-2010 01:33 PM

The learning process! Nice job!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 02-21-2010 01:38 PM

Nice box there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#11 posted 02-21-2010 03:27 PM

Pretty nice work. The color is really dark and bold. Anyone would like to have a box like that.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 02-21-2010 06:14 PM

I do like the way you presented the grain pattern on the lid.

What do you use the box for, anything in particular?

-- 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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#13 posted 02-22-2010 05:28 AM

Jonathan,

At present, it’s a loose change holder in the kitchen

-- To do is to be

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#14 posted 02-22-2010 05:07 PM

Saving that change up for more exotics? ;)

-- 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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#15 posted 10-23-2011 10:03 PM

Awesome grain for Wenge…mostly what I have seen so far is all straight grain at my local supplier. Nice box : )

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

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