Bubinga and Birdseye Box

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Project by Norman1 posted 02-16-2011 03:26 AM 1945 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bubinga and birdseye maple box with half blind hand cut dovetails. I finished the box with two coats of lacquer and followed with a full rub out. The sunlight really shows the incredible grain of the bubinga.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 03:31 AM

Hey Michael,
Sweet grain pattern…nice design and finish…well done.

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 03:45 AM

Purrrrrrr D one cool box

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 03:53 AM

Love the bubinga. And nice work on the hand-cut DTs…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 05:10 AM

Classy! I like!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 05:22 AM

Gotta love that bubinga! Nice little box. Whenever I go into Rockler, I look through their boutique wood and pick out all the curly, quarter sawn, quilted, etc, thin dimensional wood I can find. I’ve a bunch of it now, and should get on the projects. I’ve been doing a pile of overtime lately and haven’t had much time in the “shop”.

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 05:44 AM

Very nice work on the dovetails, great box.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 09:10 AM

I really love the combination between bubinga en the maple. Personally I ‘d put on another top but that’s a matter of taste.

Can you describe how you finished the box? Did you sand/scrape/plane?




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#8 posted 02-16-2011 11:16 AM

Great Job Michael!!
You show a pretty mastery of HBDT’s!! Very Well Done!!

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

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 11:38 AM

Very nice work on the dovetails, great looking box love the color.

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

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 12:26 PM

nice clean lines and work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 05:01 PM

Nice box, exceptional hand dovetailing, that must take a real steady strong hand, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 02-16-2011 07:32 PM

Very nice box, beautiful choice of wood.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#13 posted 02-17-2011 03:20 AM


I scraped and sanded. I scraped first and then I worked my way up to 320 grit before spraying the lacquer top coats.


-- Michael A. Norman

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#14 posted 02-17-2011 05:29 AM

really nice color and grain all around. great job

-- Dave from Buffalo Grove

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