Mixing It Up With A Change, Padauk And Wenge

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Project by Blackie_ posted 09-12-2013 05:04 PM 3986 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to put these two together for sometime now and after seeing Gregs two recent postings and with Halloween just around the corner, I thought these might do good due to the color combo, I think the hinges are the focal point on this box to bad they are on the back side, I used both Wenge for the main part of the box and Padauk on everything else, the hinges I used wenge on the top part of the hinge and Padauk on the bottom halve then I pinned the top part of the hinge with padauk and the bottom with wenge.

I also changed up the way I’ve been finishing from the get-go, I’ve from the start have been using a gloss finish this time, I optioned to swap from a gloss wipe on poly to a Satin finish and kind like the outcome, I’ve also found that satin doesn’t show defects as much as the gloss either.

This box measures 10 1/4×5 x 10 1/2 and is finished in a single coat of tung oil and two coats of satin wipe on poly with a final wipe down with paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments always enjoyed reading and replying too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-12-2013 05:08 PM

Nice looking sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-12-2013 05:08 PM

Very handsome box! I love the color combination and the satin finish is really nice! Great job!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-12-2013 05:22 PM

A subtle beauty. I like the color combination of the woods you chose. I like a satin finish best because it doesn’t look like plastic. The exception is a highly polished gloss like french polish that is so clear and perfect that it doesn’t have the plastic look.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 06:40 PM

Very nicely done and I really like your color/wood decisions. I agree the highlight is the hinges, but the top gives that a real run of the money. The only thing missing IMHO is the alligator lining that Greg uses—just a thought.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 09-12-2013 06:53 PM

Love the colors in this piece. The hinges are interesting and look good on this box. Nice work Randy.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 07:05 PM

Beautiful job. Great choice of woods, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 09-12-2013 07:34 PM

I like that combination of woods. Now if you can just sculpt it like Greg does….....

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

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#8 posted 09-12-2013 09:27 PM

Nice box, Randy.Tthe satin finish makes it more elegant!

Good going!! Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-12-2013 09:36 PM

Great looking box Randy…the Padauk and Wenge look great together…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 09-12-2013 10:20 PM

That looks sharp.

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#11 posted 09-12-2013 11:29 PM

Yes, satin finish all the way! Love those hinges too.


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#12 posted 09-12-2013 11:46 PM

Thanks everyone for you nice comments also with the decision on Satin.

Andy I don’t want to push my luck. LOL

I’ve read but not real sure that I can refinish all of my boxes from the current gloss finish to a satin by simply wiping a coat of satin over the old gloss finish, anyone know this to be correct?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 09-13-2013 01:59 AM

Nice. A fir piece from where you started. LOL! Randy my understanding is gloss coats can be rubbed down with extremely fine grit or ooo0 ought steel wool. But I’m thinking it depends on thickness of the coat?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 09-13-2013 02:17 AM

^ +1 to what Doc said Randy… As a last step, I usually take a Scotch Brite pad and scuff up the finish.
Then clean up any dust with some clear End-dust furniture polish… Real simple, and it helps to smooth out any coarseness left in the finish too!
Great Job on the Box, I like watching how your hinge designs are evolving and developing!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 09-13-2013 04:37 AM

Great box and nice work. The colors do look Halloween scary.

-- Tom D

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