When-gey, Wenge What Went Wrong?

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Project by newTim posted 07-13-2011 07:35 AM 2247 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What went wrong? A few things. What went right? A few things. I beveled the lids on the table saw before I selected and fitted the hinges. I couldn’t get the hinge mortises lined up and when I finally did the screws were too long and poked through the top. What to do? What to do? I cut a rabbet around the bottom of each lid so they fit the inside of the box, picked up a couple of wooden drawer pulls and, viola. The tops are spalted maple and the boxes are wenge, but you already knew that. I used brown Behlens pore filler, clear lacquer, and buffed on a coat of renaissance wax. The Behlens was messy to apply, but as it seems with all things, a little sanding seems to always fix things up.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 07-13-2011 07:56 AM

Good save!!! I like the contrast of the colors!


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#2 posted 07-13-2011 10:16 AM

Nice save! Looks good.

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

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 11:22 AM

Great job

A true ccraftsman knows how to take care of those mistakes and make it look like it was designed that way.

Thanks for the post.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 11:23 AM

“The tops are spalted maple ” Actually , it is Ambrosia Maple.
They look great : )

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

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 01:00 PM

very beautiful work!

-- -Thomas -

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 01:17 PM

These look good. The dark streaks in the maple provide a nice color connection to the wenge that solid light maple probably would not offer. Hence, the overall effect is very nice. Sometimes, our “fixes”actually improve our overall result (though it may not feel like it at the moment!) Nice recovery here. Nice boxes.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 01:55 PM

I agree with Roger, the dark areas of the spalted or Ambroisa maple (Dusty56 – could you clarify the difference?) help pull the “look” together. Nice combination.

I used Behlens brown pore filler on my mahogany vanity but, because I had dyed the mahogany before using the filler, I couldn’t sand the filler. It took a lot of elbow grease with burlap to work off the excess filler. Looking back, I probably should have reversed the order.

What photo set up did you use? I’m looking for a better way to shoot photos of my smaller projects.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#8 posted 07-13-2011 02:11 PM


We had a heated conversation on just that question a couple years ago, spalted vs ambrosia. Sounds like there are still differences in opinion, and common usage.

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 02:16 PM

Nice combination of woods, and I like the gentle shaping of the tops.

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

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#10 posted 07-13-2011 02:32 PM

2 very nice boxes w/great wood combos

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

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#11 posted 07-13-2011 03:07 PM

I love the shape you got in the tops. These could be made of pretty much anything and look good.
Nice Job

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#12 posted 07-13-2011 04:16 PM

@Coloradoclimber – Thanks for the link.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#13 posted 07-13-2011 04:22 PM

Peewee Herman would have siad, “I mean’t to do that.” Nice boxes!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#14 posted 07-13-2011 04:35 PM

I like the tops (beveled) with the contrasting colors.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#15 posted 07-13-2011 06:02 PM

Beautiful little boxes…..... I agree with Roger, the combination is just perfect, especially with the spalted maple…... it’s amazing how some of our “mistakes” turn into a fantastic “design opportunity” !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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