Maple and Mango (Sweet and Tangy) Box

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Project by Blake posted 2253 days ago 3573 views 12 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can see I’ve been having fun with my new home made thickness sander. The lid is laminated from slices off of a scrap of Maple burl that I had. At the last minute I decided to make the slices vertically through the grain so you see the burl “rays” instead of the eyes. The middle strip is a piece of Mango also left over from another project.

The sides are figured maple from the local lumber yard which does not sell figured wood (it was just hiding in the pile). The keys are Wenge. So far it is just oiled with boiled linseed oil. I might give the lid a light coat of poly to gloss it up a bit after the oil soaks in. I may also line it later on.

The handle is hand shaped with various hand tools and a lot of sanding. I really should get some decent carving tools.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 2253 days ago

Yo Blake, super fine. The center of the top looks like it rises up at you. Man, that is some crisp joinery. The super thin keys are great. Did you cut them with a bandsaw?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 2253 days ago

Veddie veddie nize! And vhat vill ve be keepink in diss baux, hmmmm? Vhere are your papers?


P.S. Tell ‘em nuttin’ and it’s just a beautiful box.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#3 posted 2253 days ago

Blake, this is a super box! Very good job, amazing grain.

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#4 posted 2253 days ago

Blake, what a beautiful box….you out did yourself on this.WOW!


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#5 posted 2253 days ago

Excellent piece of work. Suggest forgetting the poly: rub down the oil finish and then polish with a high quality beeswax product – super look and great smell.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#6 posted 2253 days ago

That truly is SWEET and TANGY! Awesome job Blake. I love the handle and the grain pattern. Wonderful details as well. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#7 posted 2253 days ago

Blake, fantastic use of wood! This thing is really alive.

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 2253 days ago

Sweet lumber there, and you usual tight work and artistic flare. How did you hinge this one?
Another great box, Blake.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 2253 days ago

Thanks everyone!

SPalm: The keys were cut on the router table (with slow speed) with this blade:

stanley_clifton: I probably will actually wax it. I am going to follow Tony's method.

Doug: Just cheap common brass hinges on the back. Nothin’ fancy here.

By the way, its about 5 1/4” x 8 1/4” and 3 1/2” tall.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Kevin Violette

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#10 posted 2253 days ago

Great job Blake, I like how you just put the keys towards the top. Interesting handle also.

-- Kevin -- (

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#11 posted 2253 days ago

Great Blake: The maple Burl kind of jumps out at you. And the find of the maple sides was a great addition.

Great construction of the box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#12 posted 2253 days ago

Nice box, Blake. I really like that handle. (way to think outside of the box) That is one of those boxes that you can stare at for hours. Inspiring work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 2253 days ago

Another great project Blake!

I love the organic handle design. It looks fantastic.

The sander will allow you to mill those difficult pieces of wood. The irony is that the difficult grain is what makes them so beautiful! Now those pieces are at your command with the sander.

The keys are delicate and such a great accent.

You have an eye brother!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 2253 days ago

great box, the top looks manificent! thanks for the post.

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#15 posted 2253 days ago

Great looking box, Blake! I like your micro splines. that’s a good idea.

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

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