African ironwood and figured maple

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Project by Bill posted 09-30-2013 01:14 PM 2311 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This ironwood is another garage find, it is by far the hardest wood that I have used. Sanding took at least twice as long, and it all but laughed at my thin kerf saw blade. I did a little research on this stuff, and it is denser than water. Tested it out, and it sinks like a brick. I am still trying to find out what it’s worth, but I can’t find a price anywhere online, so if any of you lj’s know anything, let me know.

Box is 9×11x4ish, has kerf hinges, and 6 coats of wipe on poly

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 01:28 PM

Very clean and streamlined box. Regarding the price, I would suggest you contact Greg at


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#2 posted 09-30-2013 01:44 PM

afr. ironwood ….beautiful…...simply beautiful ! perfect fit with the curly maple! nicely done indeed !

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 02:10 PM

Looks great, nice contrast of wood types

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 02:36 PM

Beautiful work. I marveled at the finish, then noted it was wipe-on poly. I’m quickly becoming a fan of that stuff myself. Goes on easy with no drips or runs, and yields a pretty amazing finish that doesn’t look at all like the dipped in plastic look of brush-on poly. If I didn’t know better, I was about to ask if you did a French polish.

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#5 posted 09-30-2013 02:45 PM

BTimmons. I am always in search of a finish that mimics french polish, but is durable. This is as close as I have gotten. After the last coat dries, I knock down any nibs with 600 grit and apply a finish wax and buff it out. I did finish one box with french polish, and my elbows still cringe whenever they here that word. Also, I had some water get on the french polish long after it was cured, and I ended up sanding it off and refinishing it. Won’t use it again.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#6 posted 09-30-2013 03:19 PM

Cool. Thanks for the tips!

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#7 posted 09-30-2013 03:54 PM

Very, very nicely done, and most attractive!

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#8 posted 09-30-2013 03:58 PM

Very nice box and wood selections. Iron wood, is harder than steel man, I nearly bought some a few years ago and choose not to after learning how hard and tough it is to work with which sounds like your experience with it, :-). It was 8/4×96” x 8” rough boards, came off a cattle corral. Maybe $4/bf or less.

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#9 posted 09-30-2013 04:10 PM

Beautiful wood and a beautiful box. You did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 09-30-2013 06:04 PM

Very nice box and the wood is beautiful. I really like the beveled maple in the lid, very pretty wood…well done.

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#11 posted 09-30-2013 07:37 PM

Stunning box. Your choice of the alternate wood is bang on. There’s contrast, but harmony in the color; and the splines mimic the striping of the ironwood. Exquisite.

I hope your saw isn’t barfing up teeth.

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#12 posted 09-30-2013 10:14 PM

Very nice, even for such a hard wood, you managed to put it together very well.

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#13 posted 09-30-2013 10:25 PM

Beautiful work another outstanding work of art.


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#14 posted 09-30-2013 10:31 PM

Most certainly a beautiful box. You really did proud with that piece of ironwood.

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#15 posted 09-30-2013 11:45 PM

Awesome work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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