Zebrawood Box

I haven’t posted any of my woodworking in a while. I do woodworking as a living as a cabinetmaker, so I tend to get a little burned out. Although I have been doing things in my shop, I don’t always share it. Sometimes creating a post with good pictures and description is a lot of work. 

Here’s another one of my boxes. This is made from walnut and zebrawood. I carefully selected the walnut with a lot of straight grain to match the straight grain zebrawood. Both woods go well together with good contrast. I used satin lacquer as the finish, and lined the bottom with velvet in a ruby red color. I hinged the box with these simple stop hinges. The hinges have a built in stop to only open so far. No additional lid stays or chains are needed to support the lid, keeping the look clean. 

This is a Christmas gift for my mother. One of many I’ve made for her over the years.

Starts with some simple veneer work. This bookmatched panel is made easy with these sequenced veneer packets.  When cut into parts, it will be grain matched. So when looking at the front of the assembled box, the panels will match from left to right, up the front, across the top, and down the back of the box.

Centered groove sized to fit the zebrawood panels

Tenons on the table saw. Zero clearance auxiliary fence on miter gage for no tear-out results

Tenons sized for a perfect friction fit right off the saw

Parts for lid and four sides ready for assembly

Part sizes in perspective. These mullions are 1/2 x 1/2 x 2-3/4”

These rubber bands work great to keep everything held together while glue sets.

Box sides are then mitered using this dedicated sled. I like to use picture frame clamps to assemble boxes. Pictured here is the first dry fit right off the saw.

Close up of this first dry fit. Perfect tongue and groove and mitered corner

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Beautiful work and excellent attention to detail!

And yes, project posts can can a good bit of time. Thank you for the time you put into this one.
Very well done with some great detail executed very nicely.    Lovely box.


very nice details on this box GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Thanks guys for the comments! 

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where you been hiding. that is some fine work. your joinery is spot on. mom had to love that. hope to see more of you more often. 

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

Lol. Been hiding in plain sight. Thank you for the compliment! 

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Kdc68, Beautiful box. Glad to see you again.  On the other site you were one of my earliest sources of information, providing me advice on staining one of my first projects, a maple table around Jan , 2015. 
Wow Dan! I wish I could remember exactly but I hope the table turned out great! Thank you for the compliment and I’m flattered you remembered me!

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User name brodan on the other site. This was the project…many wood chips ago. Apologies for the pic quality. 

Wow! very nice. Thank you for showing all the pieces before assembling it, too. Beautiful box.

No name noobie here

brodan ! Now I remember you!  Wow, thanks for the response, you made my day! 

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Thank you YRTi for your compliment!

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

Potts I remember brodan AKA Dan now! That was a intense situation with his table. Glad it worked out for him

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Thanks Pottz. My first real project. I had no clue about finishing that maple. Kdc really bailed me out
Construction is meticulous and looks like perfection! Great pick on that fine grained zebrawood, exactly what is needed for panels that size.
Thank you!

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Great looking box. I really like those corners. Fine detail on small parts isn't easy.
Thank you and yes it’s a challenge 

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Seriously good work!