QS Mahogany String box

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Project by kalijah posted 02-21-2011 06:54 AM 2188 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being inspired by the “Secrets of the String Box Revealed” Blog, i got to work on one of my own. I used some sweet 8/4 quarter sawn african mahogany for the box material and some 1/16” maple for the “Inlay”. I used some curly maple for the base and added a nice curve to all the sides of the base. I used some scraps from some endgrain cutting boards for some added interest to the insides as a tray holder/slider. For the tray, i used some really interesting grained mahogany for the sides and a nice piece of qs mahogany for the tray bottom. For the bottom of the box, i used some straight grained cypress. The top was a scrap of walnut that the person i built this box for pulled out of my scrap pile and liked a lot, so i used it for the top. She also liked zebrawood, so i needed some wood as a filler for the lack of width and I put some zebrawood onside of the walnut.

The finish was BLO and i used some spray can clear shellac. Once dried, i used 0000 steel wool and then some paste wax. Pretty easy and pretty good looking.

Thanks to NewTim for the inspiration and a great blog to get me going and thanks for looking!

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 07:16 AM

Wow…that really came out nice. It really adds a nice effect to the box..

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 08:37 AM

Mmmmm… that a lot…sweet job.

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 09:25 AM

Very well done, it looks beautiful! :)

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 03:56 PM

very nice
I love the way mohogany gets darker with age and takes on a nice patina. That box will look better and better
with time. Good job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 05:05 PM

Rhis is a really nice box you have made. I like the inside how the drawer sits in there, the lid looks great as well. The feet give it a soft touch. Really nice job all the way around on this.

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

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 02:47 AM

Very rich in color and the woods are just wonderful, nice grain flow as well. thanks for showing it a beautiful box…bc

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 04:42 AM

Thanks for all the kind words guys!

I forgot to add that to avoid not having the “inlay” line up on the corners, i used a thin kerf blade to cut the side pieces to length to minimize the kerf loss of wood then switched back to my full kerf blade and snuck up on the miters.

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 05:07 AM

great looken box.

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 05:57 AM

Really nice work!

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

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 11:37 PM

this whole box is very kool. I like what you did on the inside for the “riser” for the upper inner box. gr8 way to use up all those nice scrap pieces. very nice stringing also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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