Walnut & Zebrawood shaped box

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Project by shopmania posted 11-10-2011 01:03 AM 2105 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made as a Birthday gift for a longtime friend and mentor. It is the second box I made from the plan in Woodsmith magazine. This one is black walnut, with red oak spline keys and a zebrawood veneer on the lid panel, with some blond wood on the inside of the lid. I got about 20- 1” x 6” x 8’ boards of rough cut walnut from a friend whose parents had it sitting in their attic for 20 years as a walkway over the joists. It is flocked with Donjer flocking. I got the hinges and the ball chain, and ball chain end holders fro Lee Valley. It is finished with 8 coats of spray lacquer, rubbed out w/ 320 grit between coats.

The box sides and the lid are both shaped by making angle cuts on the table saw. That, mixed with some routed edges and the spline keys make this box look very interesting. I hadn’t tried those techniques before, and they ame out very well.

I love that walnut! When you put the finish on it the color and grain almost explode off the surface! I owe my friend a box as well for the wood. Thanks for looking.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 01:05 AM

Beautiful box. What a nice gift for a friend!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 01:20 AM

Very nice box Tim. The woods really go well together.

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 02:03 AM

Great looking box & gift.

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 03:29 AM

Yeah I was guessing that the Zebrawood was going to be a hit and it certainly is! This is sharp digs man.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 03:48 AM

Nice work, Tim. You have really advanced quickly!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 05:08 AM

I completely agree with you.. that Black Walnut is absolutely beautiful, but so is your box as well. Fantastic job.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#7 posted 11-10-2011 12:30 PM

Great work I’m sure he will love it.

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

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#8 posted 11-20-2011 05:18 AM

that’s a fine lookin box. very nice “layered” look (I’ll call it) very nice wood combos, splines, and design

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 03:33 AM

Nicely done – one great looking box!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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