A Little Zebrawood and some Mystery wood Box

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Project by robert triplett posted 753 days ago 1247 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent some time this week to make some jewelry boxes for an upcoming art show. This one has Zebrawood, some Mystery wood that looks sort of like Walnut, and some black Walnut for the legs. I wanted to do something different (for me) so I added the legs. Nothing fancy, but they add a lot to the box. I framed the Mystery wood with some dark Purpleheart. Watco natural Danish Oil fro the finish.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#1 posted 753 days ago

Great way to fix your mistake only I seen again price this box right love the wood and it is costly at least here.

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#2 posted 753 days ago

The zebrawood is really nice! Good job.

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#3 posted 753 days ago

That is a nice box

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 753 days ago

Very different, unique. That grain from that Zebra, wow! Gotta luv it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 753 days ago

Your box has a nice clean line look to it. Very nice!

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

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#6 posted 753 days ago

Robert, nice job I really like the look of this one. Hope it sells for I high price! Good Luck.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 752 days ago

Good luck at your upcoming art show. You should easily sell your boxes. Very nice…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 752 days ago

Beautifull box. The different woods match really nice and the legs are a great touch.The mystery wood Looks a little like a figured mahogany or maybe a dark bubinga.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#9 posted 752 days ago

Robert, I like the look of this. It is a clean, neat look and a good use of some very nice wood. It has a sort of modern feel. Getting the proportions of the legs and the height of the legs right is not easy, but you have done that well. The corner legs pick up the design and are the right color. I think you have done a marvelous job of design and use of wood.

All that said, I do have some mechanical questions. How are the legs fastened on? Do you think you will have a problem with cross grain attachment? Are the corners joined with a 45 or a solid piece? Is the tray as awkward to lift out as it appears or am I missing something? These are only questions of mechanics, the aesthetics are wonderful.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 752 days ago

Big al, Good questions. I was just winging it as usual. I took some thick walnut and made some L shapes, cut to a ‘good’ length, and glued them on with Ttebond III. I leveled the legs on the 6×48 sander and shaped the top and bottom with a champer bit. The legs were something I was intending to do sometime and a ‘design opportunity’ presented itsself when the wood for the sides bowed slightly while I was getting around to gluing up the box. 100 degree heat fdry in my shop! To conceal the slight gap in the middle of the joint, I added the legs. Don’t tell anybody it wasn’t the original plan!
A lot of interest at the show today. I’m planning to retire on the price i put on it, so it may not sell!! The tray is actually easy to lift out. I cut away the back to fit under the pinned lid and it slides pretty well and drops in. this took some rounding of the bottom ftont, but it works. I love that big sander for quick shaping.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#11 posted 752 days ago

Robert, As usual your use of amazing woods and your boxing skills are showcased on all three of these beauties. The redwood one is my fav. Best of luck selling these.

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

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#12 posted 748 days ago

That’s a beauty. I love zebrawood!!............Jim

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

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