Cypress and Padauk Box

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Project by TheCaver posted 03-22-2008 04:41 AM 2465 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box made from cypress and a lightly figured curly maple raised panel lid. Accents are made from african padauk. Miter keys are 1/4” and the bottom is a spare piece of sapele tinted with a bit of purple. I tried to pop the grain of the maple, but it didn’t absorb well into the end grain….I think my homemade dye was inadequate.

I like the color of cypress but really hate that its so soft….it will really teach you to be aware of every little thing you do near the project as the slightest collision with anything will dent it. Oh, and padauk bleeds all over the place when you sand it. Combine that with the oiliness of cypress and you have a real mess. This may well be the last time I combine these two woods, at least until I figure out how to tame the bleeding of the padauk.

Finish is 2 coats of polymerized tung oil mixture with an overcoat of shellac. A rather ho-hum project…..



-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 05:14 AM

It was well worth the effort. This is a very nice looking box. I have never had any experience with cypress. sounds like a pain to work with.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 05:22 AM


I have to disagree with you about this being a ho-hum project. The subtly raised paneled lid, padauk accents and the tinted sapele add some really nice details to the box. You worked through a difficult build to produce a very nice project. I like the grain pattern and the color of the cypress as well.

Very nice.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 05:29 AM

Very nice box. I like the constasts.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 05:31 AM

Great looking box. I wish you luck with the paduak – it’s one of my favorite woods, but it does bleed. The best way that I’ve found to combat the bleeding is to not combine it with lighter woods. It’s going to bleed but with a darker wood it won’t matter.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 03-22-2008 05:46 AM

I like it. Life would be dull without challenges.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#6 posted 03-22-2008 06:13 AM

If this is ho-hum I would hate to see what a good one looks like. Beautiful box! Thank you for postings.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 02:29 PM

I agree, this is not ho-hum. This is a nice box, you should be proud of it.

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#8 posted 03-22-2008 04:29 PM

Simple can be very elegant as it is in this case. I love the way you put the padauk around the raised lid. That looks very striking. My finish of choice for any figured maple is also tung oil. But then I will wax and buff the hell out of it. This after sanding down to at least 400 grit. Try that on a peice of scrap and see what you think.

I have the same “padauk bleed” problem. Woods with tighter grains work well, but lately I’ve been trying walnut with a very striking look.

Please keep brighting these pages with your work.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#9 posted 03-22-2008 04:48 PM

Very well done. I like the lid. Years ago I brought about 40 board feet of Padauk for a project, cut it up and then desided that the wood would be too red when finished. It is now in a cardboard box and will probably stay in that box for many more years.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 03-22-2008 06:10 PM

This is a very elegant box. Nice work!

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

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#11 posted 03-22-2008 06:59 PM

I don’t know about “ho-hum,” it did come out nicely, and you learned a ton. I like it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 05-24-2008 11:23 PM

That is one gorgeous box with outstanding details and execution. Great job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 11:15 PM

Another great box.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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