Greenheart / Birdseye Maple Box

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Project by boxman posted 04-06-2009 03:26 AM 2060 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top of this box is greenheart from south america & the corner pieces i used pen blanks that were bocote from mexico , the bottom is a wood called simarupa ( you try & say it ? ) it is a soft wood I’m not a wood carver but this wood would be perfect for that, the heart inlay on the lid is bolivian rosewood, the pull is made up of a purpleheart handel with padauk on the ends , the corners i just routed a 1/4” dado for my birdseye maple to fit in , I don’t turn pens but i wanted the wood to see what i could use it for, my real disapointment came when i tried making my hinge for the top, it just didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to , the pic doesn’t show it too good,i even had to put 2 small strips of maple at the back to hold the lid from going all the way back,i used a router bit to give the bottom edge a profile, i look at it like this next time i’ll do a better job, i learnt a lot & it was fun, i used a med. walnut stain & shellac for the final coats with a final couple coats of minwax,the box is 10” X 9” X 4 1/2” high. Thanks for taking the time to look.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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#1 posted 04-06-2009 03:40 AM

Nice one!

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

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#2 posted 04-06-2009 05:10 AM

Great looking little box.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 04-06-2009 08:39 AM

Very nice box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-07-2009 03:00 AM

Looks pretty good to me, expecially for a box you’re not too happy with. Really great for a learning experience.

-- Chris

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#5 posted 04-07-2009 06:11 AM

you are right with each mistake you are less likely to make that same mistake , but when it happens it’s maddening , the problem was with the lid, i cut the end pieces & glued them in place but when i went to drill for the pin the end piece came unglued, then i had to make sure the bottom edge of the lid was rounded & the top edge of the small end pieces were rounded, but next time things will go better.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-07-2009 06:34 AM

nice selection of wood

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