Curly makore box

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Project by OttawaP posted 10-19-2008 11:24 PM 3717 views 28 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally done this little box. It’s the first nice box I’ve made since I mostly seem to make bigger stuff. It was a lot of freaking work since I found out I’m allergic to Makore !! I’ve never sneezed so much in my life !! Never again, my shop is now a “No Makore Zone”. The finishing took awhile since the inside was prefinished 1st before it was put together. Panels are maple veneer with a bit of curl also. Little ebony squares are only about 1/8” thick and sanded flush.
Could not have made it without the wixey digital gauge, how else would you get a 44.1 deg compound cut on the tablesaw ?? It paid for it self on this job for sure, I’d still be trying to fine tune the joint but I nailed it the first time once setup properly.
I’ve owned the wood for awhile and it finally found a home in this project. I want to thank whoever designed it, I’ve had a picture of it in my computer for a bit but have no idea who the made the original one.

Finishing as follows
tung oil sealer 2 coats,
4 coats shellac,
2 coats grain filler,
sand @ 400
6 more coats of shellac
wet sand to 600-1000

It actually has quite a bit of gloss but the pictures are a bit lame. The curl is pretty spectacular.

Hope you like it.

-- Paul

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#1 posted 10-19-2008 11:27 PM

Fantastic box!

From the great design with the tough angles to the beautiful finish, this is first-rate craftsmanship all the way.

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

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 11:32 PM

Paul, you did an outstanding job. I love the tongue/groove joinery at the corners.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 10-19-2008 11:40 PM

Great looking box, nice job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 10-19-2008 11:51 PM

I love it! As “Woodhacker” said, the joinery is fantastic. Great job. I don’t ever think I would have the patients to do that much finishing. I bet that thing has got some gloss…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#5 posted 10-19-2008 11:59 PM

That is sweet. Excellent workmanship.
The Wixey is a great tool. I love mine.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 10-20-2008 12:34 AM

Very nice, and yes, the Wixey is awesome.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#7 posted 10-20-2008 12:40 AM

Sweet Box!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 10-20-2008 02:09 AM

Beautyful wood and a wonderful box. Nice work, and I too really like the corner joints.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 10-20-2008 02:55 AM

thats hot

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#10 posted 10-20-2008 04:41 AM

That’s very very beautiful.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 10-20-2008 05:51 AM

that’s nice…i just love the whole design!! looks like a little building!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 10-20-2008 06:22 AM

Just incredible! I also love the design. It is really a beautiful box. One of my favorites on the site.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 10-20-2008 06:45 AM

From my standpoint, your sneezing misery was well worth it. This is beautiful. Makore can be hard on both man and tools.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#14 posted 10-20-2008 10:58 AM

I love the design of the box, it immediately took my eye when I scrolled through the latest postings, I am also with you with Makore and will never use it, this is since a friend of mine had to go to hospital due to the allergic reaction he took to the dust created, its a pity, because as can be seen from your box the finished wood looks good.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#15 posted 10-20-2008 12:41 PM

Great project with a fantastic end product. I am still practicing my “newbie” cuts but will soon tackle a small box. Your project keeps me excited.

-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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