Zebra Box

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Project by newTim posted 07-09-2010 06:53 AM 1936 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the third in the latest series. Zebra wood and Bloodwood (maybe Padauk). Like the others (Olive Wood Box and the Wenge Box), this uses some new features. At least for me. I used the same resawing/woodgrain wrapping technique as the other two, but incorporated a drawer and used barrel hinges. The initial fit of the drawer was really good until I got a little greedy and trimmed it down to much. After cutting the four sides I ripped them at the same widths to cut out the drawer face, then glued the ends and back back together so the grain still matched. Not knowing any better, I made the drawer to fit into the corners. I’d be interested to hear how others do this. Do you cut the corners and glue them back to the box so the drawer face is square? Other ideas?

The barrel hinges are a little tricky and I need some practice. All in all, not a bad first effort for this style.

I also forgot to mention I used TWWs Simple Varnish Finish with Renaissance Wax top coat. I know everybody has their own “go to” finish, and this one is working out really well for me.

I’m not into photography but thought I would include a shot of the tent I use the shoot the pics. My wife is an artist and uses this along with her mega mega pixel camera. I edited the pictures in Photoshop CS5.

For those of you who do websites, you might be interested in my New California Workshop site. I just remodeled it using the Shozam Gallery software. It is easy to configure and update. As always, any comments, critiques, suggestions, and of course money :) are appreciated. Thanks.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 07:06 AM

Just incredible as always Tim. Nicely done on the web site.

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 10:14 AM

Nice box Tim. I have always liked the grain of Zebra wood..

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

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 10:33 AM

Great looking box, Like the wood choice alot. Love your finishing booth as well!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 10:56 AM

Another Great looking box, Tim!! Not sure what you mean, about cutting the drawer too much, it looks fine…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 02:43 PM

Beautiful, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 04:34 PM

Great boxes Tim

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#7 posted 07-09-2010 04:53 PM

Looks very nice. i cannot notice the drawer fit you are dissatisfied with. does it show more with the drawer closed?
The wood combination is an excellent choice.

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 06:12 PM

Thanks folks. littlecope/WhoDat… since I took the pictures looking down the gap between the top of the drawer and the box is not as noticeable. The front should look as seemless as the back, which it did before I ‘perfected’ it.

ken90712… the tent is a filter for the photo lighting. It gives a more even light and lessens the shadows. It makes it easier to cut the background in photoshop. You do bring up a good idea though. I have thought in the past about the idea of using a small tent as a finishing box or maybe even a portable spray booth.

-- tim hill

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