It Takes Two to Mango

  • Advertise with us
Project by jbschutz posted 464 days ago 960 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It Takes Two to Mango A local woodworking buddy gave me a small chunk of Mango and an odd shaped piece of Opiuma (Yup, it’s a new one on me, too). After re-sawing and glueing, I was able to stretch the two into a pair of boxes. The larger tapered box with the lift off lid is approx. 6×6, the smaller one with the hidden pin-hinged lid is 5×5 inches. The lift off lid is 4 panels with a thin divider of oak. The mango has wonderful cross grain highlights and some spalting. Both boxes are finished with satin poly and lined with black suede. When I finished, I had one little 2×2 scrap of mango left over.

-- jbschutz

17 comments so far

View RogerBean's profile


1125 posts in 1585 days

#1 posted 464 days ago

Two more nice ones, John. Great use of the wood, tasteful shapes, and your never ending supply of unique lift designs. Nice indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2697 posts in 1917 days

#2 posted 464 days ago

Very creative use of material.

Well done!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

View blackcherry's profile


3156 posts in 2454 days

#3 posted 464 days ago

A nice pair of attractive boxes JB , the bodies of each box appear stone like can’t say that I’ve ever heard of Upiima but its sure is attractive. Nice work on designing these , hope your getting in a little fishing in as well take care….BC

View helluvawreck's profile


15623 posts in 1498 days

#4 posted 464 days ago

John, these really turned out nice and the wood is absolutely beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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

View BertFlores58's profile


1646 posts in 1553 days

#5 posted 464 days ago

Wow. Both are really beautiful. Mango are so difficult to plane manually because of the grain orientation but now you had proven something. I like more the tapered one. Nice knobs.

-- Bert

View kiefer's profile


3033 posts in 1298 days

#6 posted 464 days ago

WOW John
A pair of attractive boxes !
That is some exceptional wood and the pairing of the two woods is a beautiful combination.
The lid lift on the larger one is a stylized dancing pair I take it and I would be dancing too after creating these beauties .
Now about that left over scrap ,another box perhaps ?

-- Kiefer 松

View SFLTim's profile


58 posts in 612 days

#7 posted 464 days ago

Very nice boxes. I have a small collection of Mango cut and dried. Waiting to make some small boxes. Mine looks very similar to yours, with spalting and streaks of yellow. It is tough to plane, so I end up just doing a ton of sanding once I’ve planed it as smooth as I can. Nice combination of woods you used, and good craftsmanship.

View cajunpen's profile


14378 posts in 2697 days

#8 posted 464 days ago

John, those are two spectacular boxes. I especially like the slanted box with the lift off lid. Great finish on them.

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

View deon's profile


2171 posts in 1657 days

#9 posted 464 days ago

They look great, quite elegant

-- Dreaming patterns

View Boxguy's profile


1445 posts in 899 days

#10 posted 464 days ago

John, nice save on the Mango. I too like the slanted sides. The lift is especially interesting. A friend sent me a piece of mango last week, and I made a box that I’ll post soon. Mango has some interesting grain, and is a difficult wood to pair with another wood.

Kudos as well on making this an interesting posting. I like the photographs, background, story, and title. Well done. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

View Randy63's profile


230 posts in 1523 days

#11 posted 463 days ago

Neat use of the Mango John. I would have thought you probably had brought this home with you from Hawaii. I have several pieces, none that are spalted though which really gives it a nice effect. I always enjoy seeing what designs you have used for lifts, nothing ordinary and mundane about your boxes.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

View tomd's profile


1748 posts in 2402 days

#12 posted 463 days ago

Great boxes and lovely wood. Neat design.

-- Tom D

View widdle's profile


1392 posts in 1630 days

#13 posted 463 days ago

Very nice…have had my eye out for some mango…

View TheTalkingGrape's profile


266 posts in 489 days

#14 posted 463 days ago

View BritBoxmaker's profile


4358 posts in 1667 days

#15 posted 463 days ago

Very attractive boxes, John. I particularly like the tapered one.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase