Wenge Splined Box

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Project by NimbleJack posted 10-10-2013 05:54 AM 850 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Material: Hard maple, wenge, lambskin
Finish: Hand rubbed oil

This is the last project I made using wenge. I began to notice that time I made something with wenge I got some sort of infection. Splinters festered within days or I came down with bronchitis. I then learned that wenge is one of the more toxic woods to work with. As beautiful as it is, the risk of a minor infection turning into something more serious was to great. I do have one large board left that I admire every now now and then though.

-- Jack - Olympia, Washington

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 07:02 AM

Jack, wenge is bad stuff. Get rid of the last board before you are tempted. Your reactions will only get worse…and they can get worse.

As to the box, great craftsmanship. I like the angled splines…it is a nice touch. The woods and finish are beautiful. You might consider a lift for the lid. Looks like there is a lot of cabinet maker in you. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 12:11 PM

Beautiful box Jack….you did a great job.

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

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 12:16 PM

What a pretty box. Really nice work.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 10-10-2013 03:29 PM

Very nicely done. You make me realize that I need to make more boxes … but perhaps without the wenge.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 01:56 PM

Lovely and well crafted box! Like the clean lines and the splines look great. Great job!

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