Goncalo Alves and Wenge box

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Project by Randy63 posted 12-18-2010 07:50 AM 4992 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last and largest of the three different sizes of butt joint boxes I used to make. The particular one was made of Gongalo Alves and Wenge. This larger box of the group of three has a small sliding tray that slides on small rails inserted in the front and backs. !/8” brass rod hinges, faux black suede lining for the bottom.
Photos: 1 front, 2 lid open, 3 side and back, 4 bottom, with smaller box, both open

I wrote instructions on how to make these boxes if you’re interested.


-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 08:15 AM

Those are really nice boxes Randy. I’ve got to try a few of these. Looks like Andy has started another type of box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 08:19 AM

Glad you liked this Bill. Although the make of these is similar to Andy’s beautiful boxes, I can’t credit him for these as I was making these in the 1980’s up till the mid 90’s. I do credit hm though for stimulating me to post some images of these boxes I once made.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 08:37 AM

Randy,really like the boxes You have put together. The size and style are a good pairing and the wood combos blend perfectly ! I have not yet traveled down the WWing road of small box making, but I have really been wanting to design/make my first and Your design is one I will keep in mind when it happens.Let Me be the first to extend a” BIG THANK YOU” for posting detailed and helpful instructions on the project ! Once again, Great post and Hope Your Holidays are going well !! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 08:48 AM

Thanks Rob! The route is one you should travel one day soon, you’ll be hooked! I used to do quite a bit of custom woodworking and larger projects. As I’ve gotten older my projects have decreased in size. But I actually love making boxes and some actually do take signiificant skill. I like working a lot now with veneer, both vacuum pressing and hammer veneering. And can remember the day when I though veneer indicated poor quality work, and I can ceertainly say that is many times far from true. I’m glad you enjoyed the boxes and my unedited instructions. Hope you can use. As some know I have many plans of projects to do and complete if I can just get enough time away from the dialysis center to do them. I’m currently not spending my retirement time as I had planned, but I’m still kicking! :)
Happy Holidays to you and yours also!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 01:59 PM

These boxes look nice and elegant. They have something of a classic ‘70s feel to them.

One thing I’m wondering: What finish did you put on these, and especially the padauk ones? Are these pictures recent, or taken when the boxes were made? If the latter, what’s the padauk look like now?

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#6 posted 12-18-2010 03:01 PM

Beautiful! I love it.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 12-18-2010 03:09 PM

These boxes work well in all three sizes. I think the large one is my favorite, but it’s hard to pick. I think a lot of folks are going to want to give one of these a try. If these encourage a few more box makers, that would be a really good thing. Thanks for posting them.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 12-18-2010 03:58 PM

nebulous, I can’t recall specifically when the Padauk box I posted was made, but it was made during sometime
between 1985 and 1993, this is when I was making these. The photographs however were taken just prior to posting. The Padauk was a vibrant orange after I milled the stock, the only finish applied to these were two coats of Watco oil and then buffed. The color actuall has changed very little since they were oiled. Now most of these boxes have been setting in cardboard boxes stored in my home office so see very little natural light. The 4/4 boards that I still have remaining of padauk almost look dark brown. I believe some light planning would stil reveal the terrific color of the padauk. I’m sure if these boxes received much exposure to natural light they would naturally darken. The boxes in this post are Goncalo Alves and Wenge not to confuse anyone.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#9 posted 12-18-2010 06:07 PM

Nice work, and very elegant and stylish, that is a great look with the combination of different sizes all fitting into the same design, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 12-18-2010 07:24 PM

Another gorgeous box Randy. Let the wood shine. Subtle and classy… love it!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 12-18-2010 07:48 PM

Awesome job on your boxes, superb craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 12-18-2010 08:16 PM

I really like these boxes. The wood mix is well chosen.

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#13 posted 12-18-2010 08:33 PM

Well done I really like these!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 12-18-2010 08:49 PM

I think you saved the best for last. That is a beautiful box. The choice of woods is great. Nice work!

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#15 posted 12-19-2010 06:07 AM

Great boxes, love the colors, very nicely excuited.

-- Tom D

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