Sapele and White oak box

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 07-24-2012 06:55 PM 1286 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for an upcoming charity auction, along with two others I’m still working on. The tops for all three were recovered wood from an antique tabletop I pulled from the load to be tossed when they were cleaning the woodshop. Once I stripped the finish and sanded it I was shocked to find a really nice piece if quartersawn white oak. I did this top and the other two with my carvewright. After carving them the details were a little obscure due to the light color of the wood. I decided on this one to add some color with paint and then sand it back a little to give it a rougher look. The sides were mitered sapele with routing on the upper and lower edge. I also mitered the rear for the hinge area as a quick way to stop the lid in an open position. I finished the whole thing with a poly seal coat.

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 08:18 PM

Looks great…

bombs away

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 09:23 PM


I like the matched grain at the corners. That is an especially nice job of finish and staining on the top. As you said, it accentuates the design. The routing around the box top and around the carving really moves this design along and are great details.

My only quibble is that the angled back is going to put a great deal of stress on the two small hinges. This type of stop works fine on a small-scale box, but may present mechanical problems on one of this scale. That said, it does keep this as a neat, clean looking build. Hope the auction goes well.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 09:53 PM

Nice work!!! Being a retired AF EOD tech myself it was nice to run across your work while browsing the lumberjocks website.

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 07:30 PM

Thanks all, I agree with you Boxguy that it might cause strain but I did use longer screws in the hinges. I actually worry more about the rear miter joints failing.

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#5 posted 08-02-2012 07:31 PM

KFitz, I’m also retired AF EOD, so we probably have run into one another before

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