Maple & Wenge' Box

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Project by longgone posted 08-19-2014 11:10 PM 2361 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a nice piece of quilted maple that I got a while back and had been saving it for that special project. I have a very difficult time finding such nice wood like this and the local lumberyards never carry it. I found this at a Houston lumberyard at my last Houston trip
I finally made this box yesterday and had the intention of sculpting and carving it with the style I enjoy doing so much. I had a couple of scraps left over and decided to do some experimental sculpting on them before having a go at the box…and I am glad I did…! Sculpting into different woods can give a completely different look to their grain…and the quilted maple scrap completely changed its unique grain after the test.

anyhoo…here is the end result that I came up with instead of sculpting. I am disappointed that I didn’t get to sculpt this piece but I sure didn’t want to mess up such a nice board.

This was difficult to photograph for some reason…the photos do not capture the grain as it looks in person. There is something I need to do differently to improve the photo realism quality.
The finish is 7 coats of lacquer and the bottom is lined with an awesome piece of very old tan leather.

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 11:16 PM

Wow.. Beautiful work.. Nice job.

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 12:02 AM

Not your usual style but beautiful none the less. That 3 dimensional quilting is difficult/impossible to photograph and do it justice. Lift off/hinged lid?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 12:02 AM

for as long as you have worked the wood, i trust you know when to sculpt and when not to, this is very elegant and the top is perfect , the handle fits very well, overall you did a wonderful job here…its beautiful…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 12:14 AM

Pardon my French, but DAMN !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 12:38 AM

That’s a beauty. I think nature gave this one all it needed. You did a great job with it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 12:53 AM

Awesome box!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-20-2014 10:58 AM

Greg, I really… Like this one, I’d even go as far to say it’s one of my most favorite one from you not that you others aren’t but you gave this one justice by not sculpting , very elegant. Did you use hidden splines on the corners?

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#8 posted 08-20-2014 11:14 AM

Very nice. Gotta love the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 08-20-2014 12:28 PM

beautiful box!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 08-20-2014 02:47 PM

very pretty. I like the wenge accents.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 08-20-2014 02:56 PM

Nice combo- I work with a lot of Big leaf maple- picturing the depth of the figure is very illusive.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 08-20-2014 06:44 PM

Such awesome grain love this box

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

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#13 posted 08-20-2014 07:35 PM

Thanks everyone…! Earlier today I was riding around on my lawnmower doing the weekly grass cutting and as I looked up at the clouds they reminded me a lot of the grain configuration of this quilted maple…amazing…if only the clouds had the same gold tome as the maple.

Andy…This box is just a lift top and is not hinged. I have a rabbit cut around all four sides of the top so it fits snug into the box with just a wee bit of play for wood expansion.

Randy…I didn’t use any splines. I find that the glue available today is so strong ( the manufacturers claim it is stronger than the wood) that it is not necessary. Besides, even with splines, if a glue joint came undone there would be a ugly and loose gap that would ruin most any box. I have NEVER had a glued miter joint come apart.

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#14 posted 08-20-2014 07:52 PM

One of a kind for sure, beautiful wood and great execution.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 08-20-2014 09:53 PM


-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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