Tiger Maple and Wenge Box

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Project by cut3times posted 12-06-2010 04:24 AM 1768 views 16 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made from tiger maple and wenge. I used 90 degree Brusso stop hinges. The corners were shaped using an oscillating belt sander. I made inlay templates using 1/4” MDF then cut the inlays using a Freud inlay bushing/bit. The finish is Tung oil and wax.

-- 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 12-06-2010 04:38 AM

Very well done : ) It’s nice to see something different : ) Your tray dividers are a really nice accent !

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 04:54 AM

beautiful box


very well done

-- 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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#3 posted 12-06-2010 05:18 AM

Great looking box! Love the contrasting wood, and the inlay.
how do you like the Freud Inlay bushing kit? Was it easy to use? I love the results, I’d like to try this. You did a great job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 05:26 AM

Nice. Really nice.
How come I can never a build box that nice?
I need to study more.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 06:14 AM

Really do like the look of this one, from the design to the contrast of woods and the accents ! The interior work is nice as well, a complete job well done ! Beautiful work.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 01:18 PM

Love it. Screams Deco but with it’s own unique character. Really like the trays too. Well done!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 06:29 PM

You had to post this right at the same time I posted my keepsake… Making me look bad over here….lol

All kidding aside I absolutely love the design in this piece. I think you did an outstanding job on the color contrast on it. I’m with Chip on the Deco feel. Also well done on the beautiful inlay work. Looks to me like you nailed it….

Keep them coming….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 06:57 PM

Splendid box. I don’t know how you have the patience with that Wenge. Nice wood but a b to cut! Good strong contrast with the tiger maple and I like the Deco-ish style.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 07:23 PM

Very very nice. I like it!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 08:40 PM

Really nice looking box. the inlay work turned out beautiful. The contrast of the woods works out great and I love the detail in the trays. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 11:50 PM

Very good looking box, well executed. I particularly like the trays, with the contrasting wood..

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#12 posted 12-07-2010 12:19 AM

Wonderful looking box, very good

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#13 posted 12-07-2010 03:59 PM

Wow! This is one of my favorites. Love the strong contrast, simple lines and that Deco feel. All together it makes this one a winner.
Well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 12-07-2010 07:57 PM

Thanks for the kind comments guys.

Tim, this was the first time I used the Freud inlay bushing/bit and it worked great. I plan on doing more inlays now.

Martyn, your right. Wenge has to be the hardest wood I have worked with. Hand planing took forever because the wood becomes so smooth the planes slide instead of grabbing. I added a secondary bevel of 50 degrees on my 4 1/2 plane.

-- 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 12-08-2010 03:17 AM

Yeah, what they said! WOW!

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

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