Walnut and Curly Maple box

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Project by JamesVavra posted 09-15-2013 11:41 PM 1688 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was a commission from on of the clients at my regular gig. He asked for a box that he could leave on his desk that would hold his glasses, keys, mail, etc. Aside from general dimensions (around 14×11 x 5) and no hinges, I had free reign.

As his desk is walnut, and I had a pile in the workshop, that was pretty easy as a starting point. The curly maple is some veneer that I had on hand from my Greene and Greene mailbox. It’s on 1/4” birch ply from the big box (the bottom panel is un-veneered birch ply).

The miter keys are maple as is the insert in the lid that makes it fit just right in the bottom of the box. It’s finished with 8 coats of shellac that’s been rubbed out with steel wool to knock back the gloss.

I love the look of curly maple and shellac – that grain looks like it’s about 1/2” deep.

Thanks for looking . Comments, critiques, and questions welcomed.


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#1 posted 09-16-2013 12:49 AM

Its beautiful James, what a wonderful piece of wood on top.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 10:38 AM

Very nice box James…the curly maple is awesome…great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 04:50 PM

Lovely box! Like the simple design but very well crafted and beautiful wood combo. Great work!

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 04:26 PM

Did you use any dyes for the curly maple? What color shellac did you use?

I am working on a keepsake box right now with curly cherry and curly maple and I don’t think the curly maple is warm enough against the cherry.

I like the color of the maple you have shown.

Thanks in advance.


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#5 posted 11-27-2013 04:55 PM

Steve – it’s Zinser blonde shellac from one of the big box stores, cut in half with denatured alcohol. There are no dyes in this one.


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