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Project by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 12-22-2007 11:26 PM 2937 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project posted to lumberjocks, comments welcome!

Here’s my version of the Woodwhisperer pencil box. My wife saw me watching the podcast, and said “can you make me one” so I said “sure.” I asked her if she wanted multiple compartments, since she has a lot of stuff on her desk like pens, pencils, scissors, etc. I went Hardwoods Supply here in Redmond, Washington (my hometown). It was my first trip there and I was drooling. I got some zebrawood, which I’ve never used before. I think the stripes in zebrawood look like walnut, and Mark says use the darker color for the base. I think the two tie together well. I had to resaw the zebrawood, joint & plane it. I had to glue three pieces of scrap walnut together for the base then joint and plane that. Altogether, including doing some extra stuff around the shop while glue set took 3 1/2 hours tops. Oh yeah, even though I knew I wanted the dividers, I was too excited and forgot to add them before gluing up the box so I had to do those after the box was done. I finished with three coats of Watco Natural Danish Oil.

I wish I had done the trick where you tape near the glue line so squeeze out doesn’t get on the wood.

Wifey likes it, it is on her desk now.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/





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#1 posted 12-22-2007 11:38 PM

i learned albeit too late when wifeys happy every bodys happy !! you did an awsome job . did you say the top portion of the box is zebra wood ? looks a lot more like goncalves to me . but then i cant find my specs and im half blind !! lol nice work happy holidays

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#2 posted 12-22-2007 11:42 PM

The guy at the store said it was zebrawood, but I’m no expert. The dividers (the things I almost forgot) are some scrap I had laying around, I think it’s cherry.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/

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#3 posted 12-22-2007 11:49 PM

ive been wrong before and was with the spelling i think its more like goncalvo alves or some thing lol. no matter its a pretty box !!

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#4 posted 12-22-2007 11:53 PM

Looks nice! I’m glad I don’t have a store nearby that I can just walk in and buy exotic wood. I’d be divorced and broke!

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

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#5 posted 12-22-2007 11:54 PM

It looks like flatsawn Zerba wood. It is definetilly not Goncalo Alves. This is a table I made with Goncalo Alves

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-22-2007 11:59 PM

thanks karson guess ive never seen flatsawn zebra . i just finished a project with goncaloalves inlay in african sapele what a great combo they are . i stand corrected . guess i need to hunt the specs lol

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#7 posted 12-23-2007 12:01 AM

If You look at the top edge of the box you can see the classic Zebra wood stripe pattern.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 12-23-2007 12:02 AM

ahhh yes i see !! i only open my mouth to change feet !! lol

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#9 posted 12-23-2007 01:01 AM

Neat modification to the original design. The Zebra goes well with the walnut.

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#10 posted 12-23-2007 04:25 AM

Very creative. I think it will very nice on your wife’s desk.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#11 posted 12-23-2007 10:40 AM

Great looking project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#12 posted 12-23-2007 01:51 PM

I like the look of zebrawood.

The two things I don’t like about it are the smell and the open pores.

I do like how you ran the grain together on the corners. Nice touch.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 12-23-2007 02:00 PM

Good job on the pencil box. A happy wife is a good thing.

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#14 posted 12-23-2007 03:32 PM

I didn’t notice the warping grain until Sawdust2 mentioned it , nice project. As you said , if she happy (as I say ) then I stand a chance at happiness <grin>

Merry Christmas (2 days left)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#15 posted 12-23-2007 06:49 PM

Matching the corners match wasn’t that hard, and almost happens automatically. You can only get three to match though.

Cut like this:Corner Matchup

I don’t think I like zebrawood either, smelly, chippy, open pores.

-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/

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