Maple and Mango (Sweet and Tangy) Box

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Project by Blake posted 05-24-2008 08:00 PM 4168 views 13 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 05-24-2008 08:05 PM

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 05-24-2008 08:51 PM

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 05-24-2008 09:02 PM

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

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#4 posted 05-24-2008 10:25 PM

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


-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#5 posted 05-24-2008 10:48 PM

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 05-24-2008 10:59 PM

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 05-25-2008 12:17 AM

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 05-25-2008 12:55 AM

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 05-25-2008 01:18 AM

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 05-25-2008 01:36 AM

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

-- Kevin -- (

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#11 posted 05-25-2008 01:55 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 05-25-2008 02:09 AM

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 05-25-2008 02:40 AM

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 05-25-2008 02:44 AM

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

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#15 posted 05-25-2008 03:12 AM

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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