Wenge And Zebrano Box
After reading Matt Kenney's 52 Boxes, and in light of a conveniently timed r/woodworking "Smaller Than A Shoebox" contest, I was inspired to make this wenge and zebrano (zebrawood) box. I wanted something that could fit my wallet and whatever watch I'm wearing that day without being too specialized like a valet box. The box is made from wenge, the bottom is zebrano, the top is zebrano with a wenge pull. Finished with four coats of super blonde shellac (Old World Shellac). Final dimensions are 12" long x 5 1/2" wide x 5" high (counting the pull).
The boards I started with. Have enough Zebrano for another box. Had to buy a bit more wenge to make the pull for the top.
Too wide for my jointer, so I skip planed to get it reasonably flat, jointed one edge, then ripped it down to size on the table saw.
Mitering the corners.
Rabbets on each side for the lid/bottom.
Box ready to be assembled
Used painters tape to line up the corners, made glue-up super easy.
Test fitting the lid.
I tried a bunch of different sizes and shapes for the pull before I settled on a pull with a 15 degree taper on each side.
Gluing on the pull.
Clamping up the bottom. I wanted it to sit slightly proud of the bottom of the box to give some visual interest. The original piece was the same thickness as the lid, I planed it down by trial and error until I found a thickness I liked.
Testing out danish oil and shellac for the finish. The difference in person is more substantial than the picture indicates. Decided to try the shellac (my first time using it).