African Mahogany and Wenge Box

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Project by novakid34 posted 07-29-2012 09:19 PM 1679 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at a box. Wood is figured African Mahogany and Wenge. Finished with two coats of BLO, followed by about five coats of two pound cut shellac. All joinery is done by hand/router table. No table saw, as I am only 23 and fresh out of college.


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#1 posted 07-29-2012 11:18 PM

Great Job, it has a beautiful glow…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 12:38 AM

I agree on the “beautiful glow”. And I like the contrasting colors Nice work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 12:48 AM

New Kid, this is a wonderful job. The wood choice and dimensions look great. Fine job on the finish, and I like how you set up your photos for this post.

How nice to just be starting your woodworking adventures. I envy your being able to have your life in front of you. Make the most of it. Congratulations on your recent degree.

A table saw is my most central tool. I use it every day. Buy a good table saw when you have the money and space. My experience is that buying a quality tool to start with is cheaper in the long run than buying two or three cheaper ones and then finally getting what you really wanted all along. But that buying process is easier said than done.

Be careful around wenge sawdust. It can be harmful. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 04:12 AM

Nice wood, great contrast! However, I recommend a more subtle style of hinge. These are nice but, in my opinion, they distract from your excellent craftsmanship. Good quality brass box hinges or quadrants are expensive, but if I spend a couple dozen hours on a box, the expense and time choosing the right hinge is worth it.

Keep up the good work, and I agree with Boxguy. Get a GOOD table saw and fence, even a used one, or a good quality sliding miter saw. Spend the time to set them up dead accurate. You won’t regret it.

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 11:03 AM

I like the contrast between the African Mahogany and the Wenge. I am curious as to why you didn’t use Wenge for the back piece of the lid?

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 03:49 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback..

I agree about the hinges, but being that this is only my second effort, I couldn’t really justify spending $30 on a single pair of hinges. Especially when the lumber involved was less than $20. Simply put I ran out of properly dimensioned wenge to use it all around the lid.

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 04:09 PM

Great Box! Awesome job with very nice keys.

-- MonkeyMonk

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 06:14 PM

Well done visual piece. Rest of your projects are nicely done too. I’m with boxguy on equipment and materials. I went the other route, now I have a lot of machinery that is not very prescise! Hind sight is 20/20, and I can walk backwards!

I would also suggest researching and learning about finishing as it is half of the project. Charles Neil has a lot of great DVD’s available at pretty reasonable prices, and he will answer your woodworking questions!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 07-30-2012 08:06 PM

That is a fine box and the wood is beautiful. Congratulations.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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