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Project by maplerock posted 168 days ago 1400 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I pick wood for boxes, I like to find interesting wood. It is not that easy to do. Here is a box made from a small board of zebrawood. This box differs from most that I make because it’s smaller and has a panel top. I usually glue on the tops. I think these are actually easier to construct, and should last a long time with little wood movement.

No splines… depending on my titebond molding & trim glue. The top and bottom panels are mahogany. I think it’s a good match color-wise.

Zebrawood is neat stuff!!

I also made it with more of a square appearance. The tones are pleasing and I like the overall feel of this one.

Thanks for looking!

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 168 days ago

Great looking box Jerry…the Zebrawood is sure some nice wood and it gives a unique look with the grain running at an angle. What finish did you use? It looks darker than lacquered finished zebrawood.. With good tight miters and good glue the splines are not necessary…with todays glues being so strong. I’ve made hundreds of boxes with out splines that are rock solid.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#2 posted 168 days ago


Greg said it for me! Great design, nice execution.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 168 days ago

Thanks Doc…
Greg I used minwax tung oil then two coats of minwax poly (high gloss). I usually use satin, but tried the gloss on my last batch of boxes. I like it. Don’t put it on so thick as to look plastic, but nice thin, even coats. Of course, sanding with fine steel wool between coats.

Thanks for the input on the glue… in fact when I built this I thought back to the Louisville show, where you told me that the glue is strong enough. Thanks!

I wish I could find more of this wood…it’s tough to find here.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 168 days ago

Beautiful color. I really like the look of it.

-- 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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Steve Kreins

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#5 posted 168 days ago

Beautiful! Where do you get your Zebra wood?

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#6 posted 168 days ago

Love Zebra wood. Nicely done!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#7 posted 168 days ago

That is a very nice box!

-- Dan P.

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#8 posted 168 days ago

So what kind of glue is it? ...I have a good sized piece of zebra wood that I haven’t used yet…this inspires me. I do find it pretty easy to find here in the metro Atlanta area though. Woodcraft usually has some or I can drive across town to Peachstate Lumber in Kennesaw. Peachstates prices are fantastic also…

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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robert triplett

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#9 posted 168 days ago

I agree with Greg that the slant to the grain looks cool. I like Zebrawood, but not the smell. I have had issues with miters coming apart without the keys, but that was probably my technique of the glue-up. Nice box, but you do seem to be going small lately. Not that this is bad!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#10 posted 168 days ago

Beautiful box!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#11 posted 168 days ago

great looking box. I like how you have slanted the zebrawood striping.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 168 days ago

A very snazzy looking box Jerry.

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

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#13 posted 168 days ago

Very nice. It all fits together perfect.

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

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#14 posted 168 days ago

Jerry, this is a great box. I like the color match as well. That coat of Tung Oil really brings out the richness of these woods. Enjoyed seeing your shop. It is really organized and neat. Zebra Wood is one of my favorites. You sure made the most of this piece. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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DeLayne Peck

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#15 posted 168 days ago

Beautiful! There’s an heirloom!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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