Finger Joint Boxes Wenge/Padouk

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Project by SM posted 04-17-2008 05:00 AM 2821 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wood was in a throw-out bin at a co-op shop making musical instruments. My sister worked there for a time and sent me a pile. It was a couple feet long and 3/8” to 1/4” stock, so there was not much room in which to plane or sand and it was warped, cupped, and very rough. Still, it took me a long time of making prototypes in pine before I would cut into it. (Pine protos shone in other project bin).

The wenge was very brittle with deep heavy grain. The padouk was lovely to work though also out of shape. I used a French polish on the body but then a varnish on the lid because I wanted to fill up the grain (and FP would have taken three times the coats to do so.) It took about 8 coats of the varnish and the grain still could have taken another three to really even out the surface. The stone is from a local beech.

Working with the wood makes me think often of my sister. She has always encouraged and supported my efforts.

I started doing finger join boxes at Christmas and this is the most recent (as of two weeks ago.)

-- SM

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#1 posted 04-17-2008 05:09 AM

Nice wood for the price!

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

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#2 posted 04-17-2008 05:13 AM

Looks good to me!

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

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 06:10 AM

Thanks Gary and Cousin Charlie. I’m having way too much fun skulking around here. Already I find I’m learning from just looking at others work and reading about their processes and machinations. At some point I am going to ask Charlie about working with burls and Gary about inlay. However, it is already 1:am my time so must sleep.
Thanks again

-- SM

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 06:43 AM

Nice Box!

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 06:49 AM

Great combination of woods, they go very well together. Nice looking box, I really like the finger joints.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 09:32 AM

Great looking little box.

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

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 10:34 AM

Nice box – the two woods go together very well.

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#8 posted 04-17-2008 10:42 AM

Beautiful box, I’d say you got the joints down pat. Nice touch with the stone. Really adds to the ruggedness of the wood. Great job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-17-2008 12:02 PM

You done good! Nice looking box. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-17-2008 12:11 PM

good save from a junk pile….....

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 04-17-2008 02:02 PM

Very nice box know I save all my junk and there is always some little things you can do with it , I love wood so much that I cannot throw any away…

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#12 posted 04-18-2008 02:42 AM

This is another nice box… you’ve got a unique sense of style.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 04-18-2008 03:58 AM

This is a nice box. You did a good job with the construction and the finish looks good.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#14 posted 04-18-2008 05:24 AM

Very nice little box.

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

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#15 posted 04-18-2008 11:47 PM

NIce work!

BTW Did you wreck a your clothes from the Padouk dust? I made a coffee table out of solid Paduck and the pair of jeans & sweatshirt I worn were permanently stained!

-- My ability to make the simplest mistakes never ceases to amaze me!

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