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Forum topic by Cosmicsniper posted 11-29-2009 06:25 AM 1071 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2009 06:25 AM


Thought I’d have a little fun with you. Pictured below is a variety of hardwoods for Christmas making gift boxes.
Wood Choices

Pictured from left to right: Zebrawood, Walnut, Curly Maple, Hickory, Purpleheart, Marblewood, Padouk (two 1/2” boards), and red oak. Everything except the Padouk and Oak (3/4”) is 4/4 rough sawn.

Now, tell me. If you were me, what kinds of boxes would you make with the above materials? For example, I love the Maple/Purpleheart combination, but what to do with it? What combinations might you try?

-- jay,

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#1 posted 11-29-2009 06:41 AM

They all look great but of the boxes I’ve seen here the contrasting woods alwas seem to stand out .The light woods with dark wood accents or light woods with a dark lid. I would check out some of the master box makers here and see what there wonderful bowes look like.

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 08:17 AM

I agree wiith Jim. I try to pay attention to what the really nice combos posted here are and use them for myself. I agree though, the PurpleHeart Maple is hard to beat, Although Walnut Padouk has a lot of good contrast also.


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#3 posted 11-29-2009 08:24 AM

wow i have so many but the list is too long to post i would definatly go with something using the walnut and maple with through dovetails then something with the padouk and maple with purpleheart splines in the miters its hard to see the hickory and marblewood colors but the others i know the colors u can also do a nice mix with the walnut and oak if u only had ebony.

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 08:40 AM

ever think of something like this?

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 08:59 AM

I agree with Jim. Use mainly one color wood and the second for accents.

A few examples I did.

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 04:43 PM

None of those woods will make good boxes.

Go to Home Depot and buy some of that beautiful stuff they call “white wood” for your boxes. Ship all that other stuff to me, and I will see that it is disposed of properly.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 06:58 PM

LOL…you crack me up, Charlie! Funny thing is I just finished a box-jointed box made with some interesting cedar that I got cheap at HD. I’m not sure that cedar can be spalted, but it has some very interesting inclusions.

I appreciate all the feedback, guys. I’m amazed at all the fine boxes here on LJs, many of which you’ve posted here. I wanted to see the combinations you guys would come up with – kind of a fun exercise.

I do agree that when you have a feature wood like zebra wood or marblewood, it might be best to let it do all the talking – whereas a complementary wood could serve well for accents, handles, or hinges.

Thanks for engaging me in this thoughtful exercise!

-- jay,

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 07:20 PM

paduak with hickory accents always looks good. maple and purple heart is also a crowd pleaser
i agree with the above look thru the boxes posted here to ck color combo’s

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#9 posted 11-29-2009 07:37 PM

Looks pretty well covered here….was going to mention to consider inlays of contrasting woods…or to look at the previous issue of Woodsmith….I believe they had some easy box makings.

Then again….I like Charlies answer…...if he is too far away….I’m sure any of us other LJ’s would be happy to help you dispose of those boards….lol….such a delimna – having to choose between such nice woods….

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