Zebrawood and Wenge Keepsake box

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Project by Jorgearaujo posted 243 days ago 1406 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made another Keepsake/Jewelry box. This one is for my GF’s Mom. This one is 12” x 9” x 5”. The sides are solid Zebrawood, the top and bottom are plywood with Zebrawood Veneer and the Edges are Wenge. This one was a lot of fun to build, Found out that Zebrawood is a little hard to plane because it likes to break out. but I got it close to the thickness I wanted then I used a #4 plane to get it down to 1/2” thick. The inside is lined with Brown Suede which makes this box smell awesome! Finally got a chance to work with the Quadrant Hinges… Those were fun, Lets just say I made sure to measure a lot and test on scrap. I also had to buy a new router bit since these hinges were 5/16” instead of 1/4”...WTF? But it was a blast to build.
Finished it with a coat of Mineral Oil and then 2 coats of Howards Butcher Block Conditioner and buff it out.

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#1 posted 242 days ago

Nice looking box. And the Suede is a nice touch. Was the suede difficult to do?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 242 days ago

VERY classy looking work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 242 days ago

Great box, Love working with both woods. Nice job on the hinges, Buying more tools is fun never enough bits or clamps…. Suede is a nice touch…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 242 days ago

Very attractive indeed. Looks like you hit the hinges right on as well, and those particular hinges are little stinkers to install properly. Hope to see more boxes from you. My compliments.

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

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#5 posted 242 days ago

This is a nice clean attractive box. Well done and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#6 posted 242 days ago

beautiful looking box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 242 days ago

Thank you for the great comments. Vince the suede was actually really easy I just used regular yellow wood glue Titebond II in a real thin even coat and applied the suede to it, at first it slides around a little making it easy to position and then it gets tacky and once it dries its not going anywhere… I really loved using the suede, it looks amazing and smells awesome.

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#8 posted 242 days ago

Great work and well designed. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 242 days ago

Tasteful and well made

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

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#10 posted 242 days ago

A nice clean design, with great choices of wood. love the zebra wood.

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#11 posted 242 days ago

WOW! That is a smart looking box! Simple, but elegant. BRAVO!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#12 posted 242 days ago

Very clean, elegant box! Excellent work!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#13 posted 242 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#14 posted 242 days ago

Nice box, great work on the hinges.

-- Tom D

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