Zebrawood Stash Box

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Project by jbschutz posted 04-30-2015 02:30 PM 2349 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Zebrawood Stash Box... One of my boys gave me a piece of zebrawood for Christmas….trouble was, it wasn’t very big…...about 5/16 thick and 4 1/2 by 20 inches. After some careful planning and cutting, this is the result. The box measures approx. 4×6 and is just a tad over 2 inches high. The mitered corners are reenforced with walnut splines and the bottom is dadoed into the sides. The lid is hinged with hidden pins and topped off with a pair of my signature carved leaves.
The leaves are a three piece glue-up with a center walnut vein, and the grain of the zebrawood oriented at 45 degrees to the vein. After the glue has dried, I cut out the leaves on the band saw and contour the top with my Dremel. The front leaf acts as a lift and lid stop.
The scrap of wood in the fourth picture is all that was left over.
The box is lined with leather and finished with satin poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 04-30-2015 03:23 PM

That’s awesome, love the leaf lift. Great idea.

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 03:58 PM

Nice box the leaves add a nice touch. I’m a big fan of zebra wood its one of my favorites.

-- jeff robinson, panama city, fl

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 06:24 PM

I like Zebra wood and I really like your box! A real nice project, stretching the wood to complete the box!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 07:14 PM

great looking box. I really like the carved leaves for the lid lift. You certainly made the most of that single piece of zebra wood!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 07:43 PM

This box turned out so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 08:16 PM

JB, this is a lovely box. I like the sentiment and the design. For some reason I wanted a third leaf for the top and a third spline in the corners. I am not sure why, but odd numbers seem to look better to my eye. My whole journey of building boxes started with a small piece of bacote that my daughter gave me for Christmas, and I gave her a box made of the same wood for her birthday.

It looks like you have mastered leaf carving. The walnut center vein and 45ed glue-up really is an effective look, especially with a nicely grained wood like zebra wood. Undercutting the edges and stems gives the leaves a lighter and more realistic look. Using the leaf as a lift is a clever idea. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 09:26 PM

I really like the design of this box with the grain of the zebrawood, and the leaves are nice.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 11:52 PM

Great looking box! The leaves came out beautifully, and I like your hidden hinge!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 05-01-2015 12:04 AM

Absolutely awesome

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#10 posted 05-01-2015 01:12 AM

Awesome box. It look great

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#11 posted 05-01-2015 04:18 AM

Beautiful box. The leaves are a really nice touch.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 05:46 AM

very nice, love the leaves and their grain.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#13 posted 05-01-2015 01:02 PM

This is a very fine box. The laminated, carved leafs are an amazing addition. I really like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 05-01-2015 01:06 PM

A very pleasing and signature box John .
I like the make the project fit the board approach and you certainly got it to fit .
The leaves are beautiful and the close up picture are an inspiration to give it a try .
Now what will become of the left over ?


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 05-01-2015 01:42 PM

looks great

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