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Project by JoeyG posted 04-18-2012 02:51 PM 1969 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lid of this box is Bocote, the sides are Zebrawood, which I think flows very nicely with the Bocote. The front and back are made from padauk for a splash of color.

This one was a hard one for me to finish. When I started sculpting the Bocote I immidiatly disliked it. While it is very pretty it is hard to work. IMHO. It had a foul odor. My shop smelled awful for days along with my hands. I almost tossed it in the firewood pile but I was really scared what that would smell like. My brother in law came to visit and took a real liking to it, so I finished it for him.

I like the look of Bocote, but I am not sure I will work with it again. I am sure I will not try to do much sculpting or sanding on it. LOL.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 02:59 PM

Another great box Joey! I’ve heard that the zebra wood has a bad smell to it also, any truth to that? I have some but haven’t worked with it yet. Are you using the bits you ordered from over seas on these? Mine finaly came, they seem to work pretty good. What do you think of yours?

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 03:09 PM

Hi Mark, Zebrawood isn’t too bad. It’s a little funky but nothing like the Bocote. My kids where running around outside holding their noses when I what working on this one. LOL

The bits are great. I used them to clean up deepen the grooves in the lid. I think they are well worth the money. I got mine about 2 weeks earlier than they predicted. I am very happy. Thanks for letting me know about them.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 03:17 PM

No problem at all. On the flip side, working with padauk is wonderful, workability, smell, color & finish. One of my favorites. Used with walnut you can’t go wrong. I don’t know what it is when I order stuff from China or japan, the stuff just takes forever to get here. I was still waiting on my bits when you said your came, & I ordered mine before you. It must be a different shipping route. Good luck with today’s projects.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 04:06 PM

Man ,you did a great job on this project !! love the colors of the different types of wood . where do you buy these types of wood & where does it come from??

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 05:02 PM

Thanks Willie, I get most of my wood from

I live about an hour away so every so often my wife and I take a morning trip. I let her pick out the wood. On this box the woods are from Mexico and Africa I think.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 05:03 PM

What kind of attachment on your angle grinder do you use, or what type of disc.

These turned out really well!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Florida,

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 05:15 PM

Beautiful work. Really like the top of this. Great flow to it. Sweet box.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 05:29 PM


I cannot imagine the amount of sanding one of these must take.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 06:30 PM


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

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 06:55 PM

Thanks everyone. If you are interested in how I did the sculpting I did a blog about it.

I used the rt angle grinder on the sides and front and back. I started using it on the top but was not happy with how the flap sanding disc worked on the Bocote so I switched to my Dremel and several differents bits.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 07:14 PM

Has anyone noticed the eye I found half-way through carving the lid? One side of the eye is gone because I didn’t see it until I carve out that area. Then I went in and tried to define it a little more.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#12 posted 04-19-2012 01:29 AM

Wow Joey! You have really been having fun lately. Each box just gets cooler looking. I have never had any of that ‘stinkwood’ but it is absolutely striking. I think I could tolerate the smell if I knew it would look this nice. I’ve always thought sculpting was an outdoor sport anyway.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 04-19-2012 03:55 AM

these all look awesome!
Do you not get burn using the sanding wheel you show in the grinding tutorial? I gave up on those. I want a Merlin!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 04:05 AM

Nice….looks like fold in fabric. No easy feat

I could see that on a front door looking awesome, or a larger cabinet.

-- Thom, Westport,

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 04:33 AM

great looking box

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