Zebrawood Box for Router Plane

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Project by Dan Wolfgang posted 03-03-2018 02:19 AM 641 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a Veritas router plane that I use quite a bit. I have kept it in the cardboard box it came in, as well as all of the cutters and fence. The cardboard box isn’t falling apart yet, but it’s worn. I decided to build a box to hold everything. Over the summer I bought a piece of zebrawood for cheap and thought it would make a nice box.

The zebrawood was pretty easy to work except that there was quite a bit of reversing grain and some of it tore out. Some careful planing and scraping resulted in a pretty smooth finish. I recessed and epoxied magnets to hold everything in place. Finished with Bush Oil, shellac, and beeswax. All by hand, of course.

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 02:30 AM

Very nice! Zebra wood is really eye catching and the details you incorporated are great.

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 07:26 AM

Dan, nice work. A router like yours deserves a home like this. The wood is beautiful. I admire your devotion to hand tools. Sort of a different approach to make asymmetrical joints with pins on one end and tales on the other on the front of your box, but it is an interesting look. The Zebrawood is a beautiful choice. I like the raised panel look on the top. This is just a wonderful job of craftsmanship. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 11:14 AM

Nice-looking home for your router plane, Dan. Good work!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 12:41 PM

Dan, this is a good looking box and nicely done. It’s a great addition to youe shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 03-03-2018 06:19 PM

Beautiful box!

The wrong person see it and it will be HER’S!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 03-03-2018 06:42 PM

Great job, another on the to do list, bought the same one last year and love it, bought the Medium one couple of weeks ago!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 03-03-2018 10:40 PM

Thanks for the kind words, all!

Sort of a different approach to make asymmetrical joints with pins on one end and tales on the other on the front of your box, but it is an interesting look.

Ah, yes, I forgot to mention that detail! I thought it would be neat if each board had pins on one side and tails on the other. I like the look, and enjoy the notion that it makes the box stronger because one side can’t simply come off because it’s effectively interlocked in two directions. (Of course, some glue also makes sure it doesn’t come apart.)

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#8 posted 03-04-2018 12:08 AM

Good looking box, Dan. Good work on the dovetails. Kudos!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#9 posted 03-04-2018 05:00 PM

Nice looking box. I have an idea of doing something like this for certain tools, like an old Stanley 45. I just need to work on making nicer dovetails.

-- ~Daniel

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