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A lacewood mox for Father\'s Day

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Project by mtkate posted 06-05-2010 11:26 PM 1832 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently watched the series of videos on FWW about box-making – the one where you cut the lid off with the tablesaw…. so I decided that’s what I would make my dad.

I have had a piece of lacewood hanging around, waiting for this. I made the accents in walnut (and made a throwaway jig to cut the miter key joints on the tablesaw). I am wishing I had ebony – it would have popped more. Lacewood – what an interesting wood. So splintery! But so beautiful. I made sure that the outside of the box had all similar patterns – you can see the inside of the lid where the pattern differs. The bottom is made of a piece of cherry that I pieced together after thinning it out on the bandsaw. I like the look of it.

I was going to make a little handle in walnut, but my sig. other who has much better taste than I do said it looked perfect the way it was. Comments/feedback on that? I still have time…

What is missing is some sort of chain inside to keep the box from falling over. After putting in the hinges, the need became apparent.

I am still not 100% happy with my miters, but they are re-enforced and I will keep my fingers crossed. Maybe in 100 years an ancestor will have to repair it. This was the first time I used my router to make the miter joints. I think it does a better job than the tablesaw and it was indeed less scary.

So far there are about 6 coats of wipe-on poly on this box. Lacewood just sucks it up. I will keep going until father’s day as much as the box wants….





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doordude

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 11:36 PM

Very nice box,great looking wood choice. is lacewood hard to work with? the walnut keys look great,i don’t think ebony would have been any better choice. thanks for sharring

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 11:39 PM

That lacewood… silky oak here in Australia…. Has the most beautiful medullar rays I have seen… I have literally tons of the Grevillia Robusta [sothern silky oak] but none as handsome as that…
I think that you must have the northern variety.[.Cardwellia sublimis. Family: Proteaceae.]
Well whatever it is … just beautiful… your dad is a lucky man and I am sure he will treasure it..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 11:52 PM

I like it … lacewood is one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 11:56 PM

Love the Cherry bottom …..I once made an endtable top out of Cherry with the same grain patterns in it : )
Beautiful stuff ! Your dad will be so happy with this : )
Handles are for Ladies…this is a Manbox (mox)

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 12:16 AM

Excellent job. That lacewood is really interesting and beautiful.

I think a handle might look nice, but it’s really not crying out for one.

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 12:28 AM

Very nice box. The lacewood looks great and seems to be very similar to Leopardwood. Your Dad will be very very happy…

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 12:30 AM

Wow killer box (aka mox) and fantastic wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 01:14 AM

great mox ,
that is sure to make dad proud !

what i do sometimes with the opening thing ,
is stop route the lower box in front ,
and create a recess for your finger(s) to lift up the lid ,
either round over ,or cove .

i also use 90 deg. stop hinges from woodcraft they mount outside and are easy to apply.

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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WWorker08

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 02:41 AM

That’s a beautiful mox. The miter joints look great. Can you explain how you make the miter joints with the router. Or send me a link. Great Job!!!!!!

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#10 posted 06-06-2010 03:33 AM

Very, very nice box…........ Lacewood is one of my favorites, but yes, it can be a little tricky to work with.

I agree with charlie, I think the handle would look nice ( also ) but it is beautiful just the way it is !

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 06:38 AM

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 06-06-2010 02:59 PM

WWorker08 – it looks like you can view the videos on the finewoodworking website without being a member. Start here: http://www.finewoodworking.com/box-making-video-preview/

Watch the whole series. If you never made a box like this – it’s extremely helpful. You don’t need the plan, just make one to your desired measurements.

Larry – it was your mox posted awhile back that made me run out and buy lacewood. I compared this grain with yours – it’s certainly a different species. I got it in Ontario at KJP Select Hardwoods (free plug for them!).

David – I am too scared to do any more cutting that now that it’s finished ;) But it’s a trick I have to practice.

It’s been great to practice with pine, but I find that using expensive wood forces me to skill up!

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#13 posted 06-06-2010 04:29 PM

Great job on the boxes they look fantastic. Love that lacewood.

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#14 posted 06-06-2010 04:42 PM

I would be inclined to go with David’s suggestion and route out a small groove on the front. That would keep your nice clean lines without any protrusions, yet still make it easier to open by providing a small space for a finger to two to slip into and have somewhere to grab. Maybe you could square it all off and it would mimic the rabbet you have on the lid?

What a fantastic box, by the way!

-- 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 06-06-2010 10:18 PM

Beautiful box. My friend called that type of lacewood “a field of Flowers. I think it looks like snake skin. I have used it for boxes. I always get splinters! Nice work.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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