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Monterillo and Maple Box

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Project by cut3times posted 07-10-2010 10:57 PM 4109 views 48 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just made a box out of Monterillo and maple. Monterillo is a rare hardwood that comes from Ecuador. It is rare because the tree seldom gets large enough to produce lumber of a good size for woodworking. I found it is very unforgiving if you hand plane against the grain. It will rip out chunks. It has figure like no other wood I have used. I won this wood at my local Woodworking guild in a raffle. I should mention that parts of the box design came from a woodmagazine July 2008.

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon





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#1 posted 07-10-2010 11:05 PM

Beautiful box and amazing Monterillo

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 11:13 PM

This is the first time seeing this Monterillo wood for me …It certainly is beautiful and you made good use of it : )
I Googled this fabulous wood and this came up …strange to use such a rare species on this item , ay ?
http://www.thewilbournegroup.com/Specialties/Monterillo.htm
and it sells for less than more common species ??

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

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 11:14 PM

One word …. SWEEEEEET !!!!! The monterillo with maple accent is stunning.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 11:16 PM

Beautiful box design and craftsmanship. The wood is a real standout too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 11:26 PM

That’s really nice. Like the design and the contrast!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 11:46 PM

Spectacular looking piece of wood – oh, and the box looks great too. Well done, thanks for sharing your find with us all.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 12:22 AM

That really is some amazing wood, and you made a fantastic project with it. Strikingly beautiful!

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

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rance

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 12:22 AM

Cut…,

You’ve done a beautiful job with the design given the contrasting woods. And the execution is even better. Could I inquire as to how you attached the handle to the lid? Screws/dowels/which glue? And how did you attach the legs? Also, could you comment as to how you would compare Monterillo to Cocobolo? They look similar to me. Again, that is one beautiful box.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 07-11-2010 12:24 AM

love the choice of woods, looks great

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huff

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#10 posted 07-11-2010 12:30 AM

I love the design of your box. The lines are so clean and crisp and the combination of woods make the perfect blend. Great craftsmanship.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#11 posted 07-11-2010 12:30 AM

Looks great! Like the design and the details.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 07-11-2010 12:33 AM

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 07-11-2010 12:35 AM

A very nice looking box, and the wood is exceptionally beautiful….BC

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cut3times

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#14 posted 07-11-2010 12:41 AM

“Cut…,

You’ve done a beautiful job with the design given the contrasting woods. And the execution is even better. Could I inquire as to how you attached the handle to the lid? Screws/dowels/which glue? And how did you attach the legs? Also, could you comment as to how you would compare Monterillo to Cocobolo? They look similar to me. Again, that is one beautiful box.”

Hi Rance. Everything on the box is glued using Titebond III. I did put one brass screw each though the lid into the handle holders as this wood is very heavy. I covered the screws with a layer of maple which you cannot see. As for the legs, I set the box on a piece of wood the height that I wanted the box to be and glued the legs using a strap clamp. I then leveled the box legs on a piece of glass and sandpaper going very easy. This wood is much denser than cocobolo and harder to plane.

Jerry

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#15 posted 07-11-2010 12:45 AM

She’s a Beauty, my Friend!! Excellent Work!!

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

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