When I saw this pattern on Google I thought it would be a good one to try.
I also thought it would be good for a napkin box cover.
I decided to use some recycled Douglas fir to see how it would look like in reality.
A couple of arithmetic mistakes yielded a much smaller pattern 9.5×9.5. That left 2 options open: A plaque or a box.
I went for the box. The napkin box cover will have to wait…

I called this box Moroco since the pattern itself is referred to as Moroccan pattern.

The build for the pattern is describe in these 2 blogs:

The blog ended with the pattern being glue on a 1/8 thick piece of plywood.

I added some padauck to give it some contrast but mainly to increase the size to 10.5×10.5
That way I would endup with a box that is 4.5×4.5×3. the thickness is 5/16

through the drum sander:

I used Martyn (Britboxmaker) Easy Miter technique describe here:

The same process I used here on a different box.

Dimensions for the bottom parts

Same technique used then added some mittered pieces.

Wood used:
1- walnut (dowel)
2- Cherry (Dowel)
3- Douglas Fir (recycled)
4- Padauck (scrap)

Yellow glue, Hot Hide Glue

I had fun and some frustration while building this box.
Overall I learn few new things from this project.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


I think it turns out great! This is not woodworking, this is art!

-- Michal,

Wonderful work on this fantastic box Abbas. I love the pattern. Did you sand shade some of it, is that just the wood tones?

Mike, an American living in Norway

Wow it came out great. I zoomed in and saw a few small alignment issues but I know it’s tough working with fir on a project like this – it swells easily. Next time it will be perfect, I’m sure. And there should be a next time using all hardwood. Overall, very tight and excellent work. It’s very beautiful.

Losing fingers since 1969

Fantastic! It would look fantastic as a tissue box cover I think.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Wow, really great work Abbas! A nice tribute to Martyn’s unique box style.


Thanks Michal!

Thanks Mike! It’s all the wood tone. I have not learned shading yet but I would do so during Christmas break.

Thanks Brian. They where actually quite a bit of alignment issues. The pattern had cupped overnight and that translated to the final product. Maybe the difference of humidity in the ply substrate vs the pattern. Maybe the the douglas fir I am not sure.
The Douglas fir proved to be a bad choice as it overpower the cherry. I chose it as I was not sure how to proceed with the pattern and did not want to waste “fancy” lumber. I am pretty low on material.

Thanks Thorreain! I plan to try that.

Thanks Jeff. You have been an inspiration too. Your work deviated quite a bit from the squarish cutting board and I wanted to do similar change.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

That came out really nice Abbas. I agree with you about the heavy grain in the D. Fir stealing the thunder from some of the other species but it’s all about learning and building the knowledge base for that next project, (you know, the one where you are finally going to get serious and stop experimenting). ……. :-)

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

J’admire votre obsession. C’est un trait merveilleux d’avoir, avec le travail comme celui-ci. Belle endeavor et achèvement mon ami !!

Thanks Paul! I fully agree. Learning and acquiring experience is name of the game at this stage for me. The serious stuff will probably come later when I retire few years from now. So for now I need to glue up the other “experiment” that I have been putting off for 2 weeks :)

Merci Moment! ça fait plaisir.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

C’est une chose la plus importante , be well . : )

I followed your blog but can’t begin to imagine investing so much time. What patience! Your thinking on how to make the shapes is really outstanding, too!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Thanks L/W. I borrowed some ideas from my friend Jeff (JL7). He “played” quite a bit with dowels.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Pretty awesome box you created lanwater,
Nice work.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Thanks Bently!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Been away for a while. Very good to see this one on my return. Brilliant box, Abbas. Your technique has come on really well.


Thanks Martyn!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

man you sure do some nice work.

Thanks Sypuck!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Sharp, very sharp!

Keith "Shin" Schindler

Thanks Shin!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA