Zebrawood and Wenge Keepsake box

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Project by Jorgearaujo posted 11-27-2013 05:47 AM 2033 views 12 times favorited 17 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 11-27-2013 07:02 AM

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

-- Vince

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 08:34 AM

VERY classy looking work

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

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 10:05 AM

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 11-27-2013 12:32 PM

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 11-27-2013 01:12 PM

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 03:26 PM

beautiful looking box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 03:33 PM

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 11-27-2013 05:28 PM

Great work and well designed. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 05:38 PM

Tasteful and well made

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

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 06:42 PM

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

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 07:11 PM

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

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#12 posted 11-28-2013 03:24 AM

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 11-28-2013 03:34 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#14 posted 11-28-2013 04:18 AM

Nice box, great work on the hinges.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 08-11-2014 07:02 PM

Great box, I dig the hinges they look like a lot of work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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