Zebra Wood Box

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Project by Terry Cheatham posted 07-31-2011 09:25 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my first posting on LJ. This box was my latest of 5 boxes using the same basic design. I heard that zebra wood is hard, but I did not expect it to be hard enough to chip my planer blades. The insert is black walnut with an eye. I used a wipe-on polyurethane finish. I am a beginner woodworker and make lots of mistakes. Hopefully I will learn from them.

-- Terry, Texas

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 09:38 PM

Nice lookin’ box.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 10:49 PM

Sharp looking Box, I like it, the knot on the lid reveals nature at it’s best, Your design is good, and execution well done, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 10:52 PM

Very nice! I have never worked with zebrawood but it sure looks nice, especially with that special walnut top. Great job!!

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 10:59 PM

i like the insert

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 11:51 PM

Nice box. I like the walnut top.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 02:00 AM

Great looking box Terry…
That lid looks Cosmic, like you built a box to hold the galaxy!!
Real nice work… Welcome to LJ’s my Friend…

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

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 02:07 AM

Very nice use of the Walnut Eye!! Welcome to LJ’s! I look forward to seeing more of your work!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 05:52 AM

A box to be proud of. I like zebrawood and that piece of walnut if not only nice but very unique. Every time I run zebrawood through my planer i get chipout. Most all of the zebrawood I get at the lumberyard has chipout from their planer also. I have learned to plane it a slight bit thicker than I need and then bring it to size with my drum sander.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#9 posted 08-01-2011 06:06 AM

Very nicely done. The splines on the sides will make it last along time.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 08-01-2011 02:09 PM

Great looking box!

I know what you mean (zebra wood is hard) It’s like a rock.
I’m making a box now out of it, and trying to inlay the hinges.

What a job.

-- Chuck

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