Who knew you could get a beautiful box from a zebra?

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Project by maplerock posted 11-07-2013 04:57 PM 2484 views 5 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a piece of zebrawood that was very unique, but had a couple of cracks in it. I worked around them the best I could and made a small box. Boy was I surprised. This little box came out stunning. I chose the large swirl for the front and it really gives the box some punch.

The splines are yellowwood. I couldn’t decide what to use. I thought walnut or maple would get lost in the design… maybe the yellowwood did too. It does have a shimmering quality I like.

The zebrawood took the glue & sawdust well for filling two cracks, and it finished like glass. Very smooth. I used a piece of walnut for the solid top.

Although I usually put a chain on boxes, this lid stands alone. My adorable wife added a suede bottom and finished it with tung oil and four or five coats of wipe on poly.

I like to find wood with unique features for boxes, and this little piece did not let me down. I am just trying to figure which part of the zebra it comes from? Thanks for looking,

What might be a good name for this box? I look forward to reading your comments.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 05:01 PM

Very awesome wood. Beautiful box.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 05:06 PM

Very nice box!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 05:09 PM

That is a mighty fine looking box Jerry. I also really like the grain in the Zebrawood.

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 05:26 PM

Stunning wood, great save!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 05:35 PM

Wow, Great looking box. nice use of the wood.

-- Guy,PEI

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 06:08 PM

Beautiful! I like how you chose the swirl for the front rather than the top. The walnut works perfectly. Nice job!


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#7 posted 11-07-2013 06:47 PM

Beautiful heirloom! That is artisan. Be sure to sign and date it.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 07:10 PM

Beautiful built box. And you added more beauty by choosing the swirl front. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 11-07-2013 08:30 PM

Thank you everyone. I am glad you like it. DJ, I do sign each box but I’ve been thinking of getting a brand and make some kind of logo. They’re not cheap, but I like the idea. When I sign them I use a sharpie. I’m not sure how durable a sharpie signature is over poly. I try to sign them early in the process, but often forget. Duh.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#10 posted 11-07-2013 09:30 PM

Beautiful box, compliments. You’re very good.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#11 posted 11-07-2013 09:45 PM

Man that is a great looking box! I really love the grain and how it swirls around!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 11-07-2013 10:10 PM

Love Zebra wood and what you did with it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 11-07-2013 10:19 PM

Waaay cool that’s beautiful .

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 11-07-2013 10:39 PM

Very exotic. Very beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 11-07-2013 11:06 PM

Top Class Work ! Finnished to perfection :: Stunning timbers & I like the Yellow Wood Splines to. I think they work real well ::

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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