Leapordwood and Sapele box

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 03-16-2019 09:52 PM 1211 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wasn’t planning on making any more boxes but this leapordwood was speaking to me. I combined it with a figured piece of sapele trimmed out with maple. The side hinges were a little tricky to climb cut on the router table…really like the look of them but could do without the anxious moments routing.
I finished it with Danish oil…let it dry for a week then shellac and wax. If I had to do it over again I’d use hidden splines in the corners so the leapordwood could be uninterrupted.
Live and learn.

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#1 posted 03-16-2019 10:01 PM

It is perfect match from all sides… the wood, knob, the top…. Great work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-16-2019 10:28 PM

Nice work Tom. Have never worked with it, but always love the look of leopard wood. I also understand those anxious moments when routing for small hinges on the end of boards. Did so recently. Even though the depth was only 1/8”, I told myself to take shallow passes. First few weren’t even touching the wood lol

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 03-16-2019 10:48 PM

Very nice build Tom – great wood selection

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 03-16-2019 11:20 PM

Pretty box, Tom! I seem to find something to learn on every project. That’s part of what makes it fun, right?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 03-16-2019 11:34 PM

Striking box!

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 03-16-2019 11:39 PM

That is one nice piece of sapele for the top, and the maple trimming it out sets it off just perfectly. The combination with the leapardwood looks beautiful. And personally, I like the little bit of contrast with the splines! I understand your hesitation with the hinges – I’m to nervous (not to mention cheap) to try those just yet. :) Looks like these turned out perfect to me. Even the bottom of the box looks great. Beautiful box, Tom!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#7 posted 03-16-2019 11:45 PM

That’s a beautiful combination of the two woods. Nice job!

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#8 posted 03-16-2019 11:54 PM

I love leapordwood but I also have not worked with it yet. I like the sapele top piece as a compliment as well. Overall a great looking box.

-- AJ

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#9 posted 03-16-2019 11:57 PM

Looks perfect, beautiful. Nicely done with the brass hinges.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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Tom Regnier

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#10 posted 03-17-2019 12:28 AM

This was my first time using leapordwood and I’d say its pretty typical of a highly figured wood. It cut well but planing and sanding were tedious.
Thanks for all the kind comments.

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#11 posted 03-17-2019 12:40 AM

It’s Beautiful!! GREAT Job !!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#12 posted 03-17-2019 04:29 AM

very nice,love the woods used,got a little leopard wood stashed away myself.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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DeLayne Peck

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#13 posted 03-17-2019 04:59 AM

Heirloom quality!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#14 posted 03-17-2019 08:49 AM

FWIW I like the contrast of the splines, that Leopardwood is pretty amazing, and that window pane top is BAM….

Great woods used as well as they could be = Awesome box.

Kwym about running that router to take so little, and you always wait until you are done before going at it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#15 posted 03-17-2019 10:56 AM


It is BEAUTIFUL!!! I’ll have to try and find some of that leopardwood (not much exotic available up here in the UP!).

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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