Mahogany Box With Wavy Accents

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 01-29-2012 10:32 PM 3174 views 5 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was just playing around with a box of assorted exotic woods I picked up on eBay. The lighter wood is obviously (?) mahogany. I’m not so sure about the darker wood on the sides and inlay. It looks a lot like walnut, but seems a bit darker and has a very different aroma than walnut when cutting it…. almost like cinnamon. Guesses, anyone?

The lid is held in place by a thin keeper, almost the size of the box opening, glued to the underside of the lid. I used simple butt joints on the sides, and installed the light-colored plugs simply for visual effect as there was no reason to actually use dowels or screws in such a small box (approx. 6” x 5” x 4”high).

The finish is somewhat of a hodgepodge, since I kept changing my mind. :-) One coat of BLO, followed by a coat of Crystalac clear grain filler, followed by two coats of wipe-on poly, and finally buffing on my three-wheel buffing system. It probably would have turned out the same if I had gone straight to the buffer in the first place, but that would have been too easy.

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 11:04 PM

I like it! Sweet little box.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 11:08 PM

Nice very nice Charlie

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 11:12 PM

Great box Mr. Box master, AKA Charlie.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 11:19 PM

I like the accents and the dowels give contrast.. nice..

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 11:25 PM

Charming and well made box Charlie. Everything nicely done. I like waves and the dowels too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 11:50 PM

Nice box Charlie. Are the waves laminated into the mahongany or truly an inlay on each side. Could that dark wood be Wenge?

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 11:50 PM

The vertical grain on the ends looks good. Not sure what dark wood smells cinnamon. It looks somewhat like Peruvian Walnut, but the smell?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 01-29-2012 11:53 PM

Charlie: A great looking box.

I don’t have any idea on the cinnamon wood.

I’m not sure on the Mahogany. That’s a lot of color variation in the wood. I’ve seen sap wood and heart wood and Mahogany does have lighter sap wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 12:01 AM

I love it when you “play around !”...... it’s always guaranteed that something special will come out of it…
Really nice little box, love the wavy inlays…. have to try that sometime.

As far as the cinnamon smell, could it be some kind of dark rosewood? They sometimes have various “fragrant” smells to them…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 12:03 AM

Bruce, the dark curves are this strips of the darker wood laminated into the lighter board. I just made a couple of wavy cuts on a single board with the band saw, the glued it back together with the this dark strips, and finally I cut that into three pieces to form the top and sides. I thought about the darker wood being wenge, but it is smoother than samples I’ve seen.

Karson, I know what you mean about the color variation not looking like mahogany, but it has a luminescence that really does look like mahogany, so I don’t know.

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

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 12:04 AM

Nice work Charlie.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 01-30-2012 12:08 AM

Gene, now that you mention it, there was supposed to be a species of rosewood in that sample box.

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

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#13 posted 01-30-2012 12:10 AM

As Gene said, it is fun to watch you play.
Nice looking piece Sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 01-30-2012 12:10 AM

Beautiful work, Charlie :=)

Elm and Brazilian Walnut have a cinnamon smell.

Your Mahogany may be Ipe (African Mahogany).

I really like how you break symmetry with the inlay curves’ “oscillations” being different. Nice touch.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#15 posted 01-30-2012 12:57 AM

Hi Charlie

Very Nice, makes me think of chocolate, very smooth and tasteful, I like the added plugs, looks real good, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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