Zebra Wood / Wenge Box

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Project by Ted posted 05-07-2012 12:16 AM 4274 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, I should have mitered the corners instead of showing all that end grain. But my power tools are limited to say the least, and I didn’t want to waste the wood trying to get a straight miter. Anyway, I guess you can tell which is the zebra wood and which is the wenge. I beveled the edges with my ro sander and finished with wipe on poly. The beveled piece on the underside of the lid keeps the lid in place. The feet were an after thought when I discovered the bottom wasn’t quite flat. Pardon the dusty finger prints.. I was working on another project when I too these photos. I’m kinda new at this, so please be kind. Thanks for looking! :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 12:29 AM


You did a great job. Boxes can be made anyway you want to make them. That is the nice thing about building them is the many ways they can be done, that is why I Love looking and making them.


PS – Welcome to LJs

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:33 AM

Welcome Ted. I started with a ryobi table and miter saw as well. With a better blade (I like Freud Diablo from HD) and some tweaking you can have that table saw cutting perfect miters. A digital angle gauge is cheap and has made a big difference in my shop. Keep on boxing as it looks like you’ve got some really cool woods. I’m envious.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:55 AM

Hi there Ted, Welcome to Ljs
That’s a cool looking box you made very nice work.


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#4 posted 05-07-2012 01:29 AM

Thanks for all the kind words, everybody.. it’s really encouraging. I have a pile of various hardwood samples that I’ll be making into whatever comes to mind. Most of them I don’t have a clue what they are, but they sure do look nice. I’ll be posting the projects as I complete them. Really glad I found my way here. You guys do some awesome work! :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 01:58 AM


Nice job. Beware of wenge dust. It can be toxic.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 10:01 AM

I agree with Arlin. The fun of making boxes is the whimsy of making something very cool out of not-much-stuff, and you certainly did that. It’s your wood, your tools, your time. Do what you want!

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 01:11 PM

Thanks amateur, I certainly do enjoy making these simple boxes and you guys made me feel right at home sharing my works here.

Boxguy, thanks for the warning. I wear a dust mask when creating excessive dust. That’s about the most I can do at this point. Hopefully I’ll manage to set up a simple dust collection system some time soon.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 08:49 PM

Wow! Those really look nice together. That’s much prettier zebra than I’ve ever had in my shop. Nice work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 05-07-2012 09:52 PM

Thanks Al, they do go together well. I think the zebra looks especially nice due to the small pieces, so the grain stands out more. The box is only about 7” wide.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 01:08 AM

Nice Job, I like the end grain look, it gives the box more character, and your choice of woods was great.
Welcome to LJ’s

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 06:26 AM

Thanks Martin, you guys make me feel right at home here. And I also like the look of the end grain. I also didn’t measure anything. :D

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#12 posted 05-10-2012 05:15 AM

Never met a box I didn’t like Ted. Nice job and welcome to LJs.

-- Jim

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#13 posted 05-10-2012 04:14 PM

I like your box. It’s very nice and the wood makes a great combination.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 12-26-2012 08:48 AM

Very nice wood combination used here, I like it as it really pops the zebra grain pattern and ties together with wenge, well, at least to me. ;-) we must all work with what we have, good build too. Gives me an idea, bocote and wenge, similar coolness factor.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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