I really like Zebrawood

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Project by mgb_2x posted 07-03-2013 01:56 PM 1910 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I continue to explore new styles and designs for making purses and pocketbooks. Getting feedback from friends and family is a very beneficial part of the process. I like to think the designs are getting more refined and I do know that they are getting a bit easier to make. My latest effort was in the direction of a small clutch, so far the response has been good. It can also be used for sunglasses or just about anywhere a small case might be needed.

I have always liked the look of Zebrawood and on this project it really shines through. There is a slice of Wenge in the center to increase the overall thickness and add contrast. I use the small Soss barrel hinges, line the interior with felt and add a small mirror.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 07-03-2013 01:59 PM

That is very cool.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 02:00 PM

Pretty fancy… I too really like Zebrawood and this is a fine example of its beauty… Great work! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 02:04 PM

Wonders Perhaps it would be possible to design one for front pocket use the size of the USD folded lengthwise and some leather pockets for credit/business cards… I’d be happy to test your prototype and provide feedback if you decide to go that route :P Really do like the look of these! Thanks again for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 02:28 PM

I really like this and the wood is definitely 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

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 02:53 PM

That’s a neat piece!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 03:05 PM

looks very good, very professional , and i think would be catchy for the eye, well no mine but…well you know…very nice work bro

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 03:27 PM

That is a sweet little case.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 07-04-2013 01:36 AM

What a nice looking little case…..great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 07-04-2013 01:58 AM

I love Zebrawood. I was a few hours too late to a consignment furniture store, or I’d have more Zebrawood than I’d know what to do with. They sold a Zebrawood bedroom suite (king headboard and footboard, chest of drawers, two nightstands, and a dresser) for $1300. I almost cried.

-- Don

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#10 posted 07-04-2013 02:03 AM

That is a really cool design.

The zebrawood I have worked with seems very open grained/porous and is difficult to finish. Your finish looks super. Share your technique?

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

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#11 posted 07-04-2013 04:06 AM

Very nice looking project : ) How much do you sell them for ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 07-04-2013 08:23 AM

I have to agree that the Zebra is lovable. I like what you did with it a lot too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-04-2013 11:39 AM

Very nice! Did you use a CNC router, or templates? I’ve been making boxes for eyeglasses from flat stock with sliding lids, but I really like this style!

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#14 posted 07-04-2013 12:44 PM

Thanks Guy for the kind words.

AtomJack- I did use a CNC router on these
Dusty56- I am a 56 model as well, this is the first one of this style, so I haven’t tried to sell them yet, probably in the $100-150 range.
Gfadvm- Pretty straightforward technique all from a spray can. Sand with 80, 150 and 220. Apply several coats of sanding sealer lighting sanding after coat 3, wipe with microfiber cloth. Build finish by adding 3-5coats of lacquer lighting sanding as needed. One trick I use is to run hot hot water over the spray can can before spraying, it expands the contents creating a bit more pressure, the warm lacquer flows nicely, and it seems to try a tad faster. Since I am in Florida humidity is an issue, I spray in the shop and take the parts inside to dry. My house has that loopy lacquer smell at times, but that’s the smell of progress.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#15 posted 07-04-2013 05:57 PM

very nice work … one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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