The Monarch Butterfly Box

Another "test" panel that needed a home.

I've made about a dozen boxes with this style. Simply a "U" shaped box tray, slabbish end caps, and the lid.
End caps are profiled a bit with arched top and bottom and sloping front.

They are quick to make, not much fuss and a good use of wood varieties.

The box is about 12"w 4"h 8"d
Finish is Mohawk satin pre-cat.

Primary wood is some more of the cheapish 5" Jatoba unfinished flooring from my dwindling stash. I've made a lot of recent projects with walnut and I wanted to break that pattern, but still have something contrasty and dark.
Comes the white oak, fumed till crispy, forming the front panel and lid frame (all 1/2" which x 3/4" wide)
Back panel is also Jatoba.

Front panel is some quilted mahogany/sapele, not sure which.

The lid is laser cut veneer on a quilted maple field. The lid underside is the butterfly offcut from the lid.
Hinged on 3/16" brass rods.

"black" in the bug is fumed etimone and the body is, I believe, yellow heart with an orangish cast. Light color spots are aspen.
Underside of the lid has a pommel euclayptus field.
(panel without finish applied)

Interior is lined with black synthetic felt on the bottom.

People seem to love the trays to increase storage and keep small stuff organized.

Hard to see in the contrast of the photo, but the long sides have ring-roll rows (For some reason I always figure people have a gazillion rings)
Lift handle in the center is a walnut offcut from some drawer pulls I made

Frame is cherry, still whitesh from machining but the base stock had a good red color that hopefully will return. No finish applied.
Base of the tray is Macassar ebony.
Corners are reenforced with round head brass tacks, holes pre-drilled and then epoxied.

Thanks for dropping by!


another gorgeous box my friend. love the style on this.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

That looks great. Nice design, color, and build 
Extremely excellent work.   Gorgeous box. 


Thanks fellows!

Steps a bit outside of the "box" and is easier to make 🤠👍
I love that box.  We raised more than 20 Monarchs this year and let them fly away. Yours appears to be a female while the one in the picture is a male.

Thanks Birdseye!
I think mine is wood 🤠, but what are the properties that determine? (veins, spots?)
Wow, so much to like on this box. Great use a contrasting woods...I especially like the quilted mahogany. Beautiful work!
That’s beautiful. Very nice!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Splint....awesome job as usual!  Love the woods and attention to detail throughout the whole box!


Beautifully done!  
Beautiful box, Bruce  !!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

The butterfly is gorgeous and the different woods are a nice accent to it.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

Beautiful box.  You're one talented guy!

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

Beautiful Box with superior workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

, that's just echoing what everyone else has said.

I've never been a great fan of all the convoluted shapes/configurations for boxes people manage to design, however, that lid would put a cardboard box in a class of it's own.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

just WOW 👍👍   GR8 JOB     😍😎👍


The reason I like your products is, I can see something special like the butterfly but other parts are always as nicely built as the special part. Great job!

No name noobie here

Love this box of yours.  Interesting hinge.  Butterfly, wood combinations, this is a great build.

daveg, SW Washington & AZ