Mystery wood box

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Project by Jay Nolet posted 09-23-2013 01:15 AM 2528 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I scrounged some wood, but I don’t know what it is. Anybody? The framed top is walnut and the spines are maple. I spend a lot of time at Hobbit House trying to find a match and came away none the wiser. I was going to do the spine in a spine on this one, but I messed up the positioning of the 3/8” spine by ten to twenty thousands in relation to each other. So the 1/8” spine would not set right on some. Thanks for the look.

Jay Nolet

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 02:02 AM

For scrounged mystery wood, this is a beautiful result. Love it….whatever the wood is!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 02:33 AM

If it’s heavy and dense, I would say Ipe, otherwise if it is lighter in weight , I would say it is in the Mahogany family.

Ipe in one of its many shades of color.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 02:37 AM

Great looking Box, Jay

Very nice Fit and Finish.

Your mystery wood looks alot like the Red Elm I used in a couple of picture frames. Very hard wood, as I remember it.

Work Safey and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 08:57 AM

Great looking box. Clean lines and a beautiful finish. Sorry, can’t suggest any different wood than those above.

-- John, Illinois,

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#5 posted 09-23-2013 01:48 PM

Nice looking box, I like the thicker splines as well. Looks like Mahagony or Red Elm as mentioned above…

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

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#6 posted 09-23-2013 06:15 PM

Beautiful mystery wood box Jay…looks great, I like it.

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

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#7 posted 09-23-2013 10:23 PM

I would say that it is a beautiful Mahogany and walnut box.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#8 posted 09-23-2013 11:32 PM

Thanks guys. Dusty56 – Ipe was the closest I could match at Hobbit House. The person I got this from cuts his own trees here in western New York. Drys, mills and sells. Maybe this was some wood that he got from somewhere else.

Jay Nolet

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 12:46 AM

Jay, I like all the routed profiles you used on this one. That wood doesn’t look domestic to me. Looks like a mahogany or jatoba from here. Looks too red for Ipe.

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

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 03:45 PM

It doesn’t look like a domestic wood to me either. Ipe comes in many different shades of reds and browns , and of course your finish and lighting will make a difference in overall appearance. I was going on the grain structure in the photos provided , and my experience in handling thousands of board feet of the stuff where I worked for six years : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 03:47 PM

Ipe from Hobbithouse….resembles the side of your box pretty well.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 03:55 PM

+1 for Mahogany, Here is a pic of some scrounged wood I got from a pallet that I believe is Mahogany alsoClick for details

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 04:26 PM

Jay, this is a real nice box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 11-29-2014 06:43 PM

real nice box brother ill try that wood inlay on the edges as well thanks for the idea bro!

-- James,Alabama,

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