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Project by cheller posted 2699 days ago 1659 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box in 2004 for my niece. The design came from Custom Wooden Boxes for the Scroll Saw by Diana Thompson. The box is 6 1/4×6 1/4×1 1/2. The lid and bottom are zebrawood, the remainder is maple. It’s finished with a wipe on poly (I think).

I wouldn’t recommend maple for this type of box. The construction technique is to start with a 1 1/4” slab, drill a starter hole 1/8” in from the edge and cut away the interior. With the maple this took forever, and if I remember correctly took 2 blades.

I’m also not particularly happy with the contrast between the maple and the zebrawood. I think this would have looked better with another wood for the box sides.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com





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cronk

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#1 posted 2699 days ago

intrically, nice job – would agree with the your assessment of a different wood for contrast with the zebra wood – not sure what I would choose = will think about it.

-- cronk, oregon

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Lou

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#2 posted 2699 days ago

i think the contrast looks ok, but could have looked a little better. but great job!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (lucius-hill@comcast.net)

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Karson

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#3 posted 2699 days ago

I Like Cherry and maple together. and use Amber Shellac to darken the maple a little and give the cherry a glow.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2698 days ago

I really like this. Would look really nice with your wall-heart.
The matching wood? It’s fine for me, but if you don’t really like it…
The side view gives the top a “spalted” look. What if the side wood had such lines in it as well. Would this help you?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Matt

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#5 posted 2698 days ago

I think this project looks great just the way it is. I have a feeling if and when my daughter sees this one I know what I’ll be making for her soon.

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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Chip

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#6 posted 2698 days ago

I agree with Matt, I think it looks great just the way it is Chelle. I especially like the heart on the top… just right. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 2698 days ago

Beautiful, I think the two woods blend nicely. The light colors in the Zebrawood almost match the sides.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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oscorner

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#8 posted 2696 days ago

Love the mix of woods, even though the maple was troublesome.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Copperjock

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#9 posted 2405 days ago

Box looks great. Nice job. I know where you’re coming from on scrolling 1-1/4” stock (then the 1-1/2” when you do the outside) A box I made (from the same book) had to be scrapped at 1-1/4” and replaced with 3/4” ‘cuz I just “didn’t have what it takes…”

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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rikkor

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#10 posted 2405 days ago

I like the box as is. If it looked better with a different contrasting wood, so much the better, but it is still a winner.

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davidtheboxmaker

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#11 posted 2405 days ago

I think the box looks really nice.
Using a dark wood instead of the maple would also be good – would match the dark grain in the zebrawood.
I don’t mind the time it takes to scrollsaw thick woods. Seems to me you get a lot done in an hour or two that would take a good deal longer making a conventional box.

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SteveKorz

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#12 posted 2230 days ago

I really like the contrast… it’s a beautiful box

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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TheWoodenBox

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#13 posted 2230 days ago

Very beautiful box, great work!

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