Bubinga Veneer Box

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 2470 days ago 2860 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I showed off the rosewood veneer I got hold of. My second veneer piece is made with some bubinga veneer I bought at the same time. I found this veneer less brittle, and easier to work with overall.

In case anyone wonders about the inlay on the top not meeting at the corners, it WAS intentional. I swear. LOL! I was using up some scrap pieces and did not have enough of the same pattern to go all the way around, so I used one type for the front and back, and a slightly different pattern on the sides. I made the conscious decision not to have them meet, since they were not identical.

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

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#1 posted 2470 days ago

i love the curly grain on this real sweet and the inlay well i knew right away it was intentional cheap beer never even crossed my mind i swear ! hehe

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#2 posted 2470 days ago

The bulbinga is really pretty. Nice box.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 2470 days ago

Nice box Charlie. Really great use of veneer.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 2470 days ago

Thanks, Guys.

Mrtrim, after I did what I had decided to do with the inlay, I realized that it sure as heck looked like I ran two of the four edge pieces through the router table with the wrong side closest to the fence.

And the reason I know that is what it looks like is…...oh…DAMHIKT!

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

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#5 posted 2470 days ago

WOW, that looks great. I’ve never done any veneering, never thought too much about it, but that really looks good. That’s one of the things I like about this site, always seeing something that raises the bar.

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#6 posted 2470 days ago

Great Charlie. A nice design

It’s nice to see more people working with veneer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2470 days ago

Very pretty box Charlie!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 2470 days ago

I really like the proportions. What are the dimensions? Very nice work.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 2469 days ago

Thanks. The lid is about 13 1/2×8, and overhangs the box by 1/2” on each side. The interior is about 7” deep.

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

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#10 posted 2469 days ago

Great looking box, the veneer work is awesome. I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into a box having just built one.

-- Don, on California's Central Coast

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#11 posted 2469 days ago

Thanks, BeachBum. Spent a night in your little town on a drive up the coast last year. Beautiful country!

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

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#12 posted 2469 days ago

Charlie you have got that veneering down quite well – and you inlay work is almost there, just a little short :-)). I understand that you intentionally made the inlays not meet – the end result is great. I personally rarely make a conscious decision, but I try. Good looking box and the pool ain’t bad either.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 2469 days ago

Very nice work, Charlie. You are indeed getting this veneering stuff down. Way to go!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 2469 days ago

Hot Diggidy, that is some fine veneer. Another beauty, Charlie. Alright Kids, stay away from the pool…

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

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#15 posted 2469 days ago

That is really sweet. Good job.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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