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SamuelP

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08-10-2012 06:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question milling shaping finishing plane

I am looking to build a keepsake box for my wife.

I will be using hand tools exclusively and would like a wood with a reddish tent. Any tips on what species would work best or some suggestions. I have a piece of red palm that I would like to accent the box with. I am not sure about joinery, it really depends on the wood I end up with.

Thanks in advance.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain


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#1 posted 08-10-2012 06:41 PM

Paduak finishes to a lovely deep red if you can get your hands on some.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 07:02 PM

How about Sapele. Works pretty nice and has that tint youre lookin for. Wont break the bank either.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 07:29 PM

so reddish tint like Red oak, or reddish tint like purple heart?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 07:35 PM

I can get paduak I have never used it before and I am not familiar with it. It does seem like it would have a nice natural finish with some oil and wax or wax by itself.

I will look for sapele. I am not familiarbwitu it either.

I am trying to stay away from red oak just to expand my wood knowledge.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#5 posted 08-10-2012 07:36 PM

Your very first box? If so, practice on something easy like pine, or practice on something that you have an abundance of. Then when you are “done” practicing, use something nicer!

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#6 posted 08-10-2012 07:39 PM

What about cherry?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 08-10-2012 09:01 PM

Cherry!
It looks beautiful, finishes beautiful, and is worked with hand tools beautifully.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 11:56 PM

Red?
..................... Eastern red cedar. (Aromatic Cedar) I make a lot of cedar boxes. Glues up well, cuts easy, pretty soft though. Has a nice smell and cost no more than Oak does.

-- In God We Trust

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#9 posted 08-11-2012 01:07 AM

Thank you.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#10 posted 08-11-2012 01:36 AM

Mohagany, cherry, padauk, sapele all excellent choices Sam.

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#11 posted 08-11-2012 02:09 AM

Sapele is a personal favorite (see here for a jewelry box I made from Sapele) but I will warn you that the interlocking grain that gives it a ribbon appearance can also make it a little challenging to work without tear out. Paduak will start out reddish orange but will go to a red-brown or purple-brown over time. Mahogany and Cherry will also darken with age. I think that cherry will work easier than any of the other species unless you get true mahogany but that will cost a lot more than cherry

-- Greg, Severn MD

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