When-gey, Wenge What Went Wrong?

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Project by newTim posted 1136 days ago 1997 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 1136 days ago

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


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#2 posted 1136 days ago

Nice save! Looks good.

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

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#3 posted 1136 days ago

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 1136 days ago

“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 1136 days ago

very beautiful work!

-- -Thomas -

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#6 posted 1136 days ago

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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Jack Barnhill

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#7 posted 1136 days ago

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 1136 days ago


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 1136 days ago

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

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

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#10 posted 1136 days ago

2 very nice boxes w/great wood combos

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

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#11 posted 1136 days ago

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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Jack Barnhill

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#12 posted 1136 days ago

@Coloradoclimber – Thanks for the link.

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

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#13 posted 1136 days ago

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 1136 days ago

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 1136 days ago

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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