Walnut & Monkeypod Finger-jointed boxes Done

Black Walnut with Ebony lid lift and a sliding tray.

Black Walnut with Ebony lid lift and a sliding tray.

After working on this series of boxes they were completed this morning.  The Walnut one with the sliding tray is a custom order and what will make this a different experience from the usual Etsy sale is that this will be hand delivered!  The client is from a neighboring town so we’ll meet at a central Starbucks to make the delivery.  It’ll be interesting to see his reaction first hand rather than through a followup email which is the best we can expect when doing mail order.  Here are some photographs I took of it to show the grain and beauty of the wood.  The finish is shellac and Liberon wax.

At the same time this order was made, two additional boxes were made of Monkeypod wood.  This way machine set-ups can be used for more than one project to be efficient. This is a tricky wood to work with due to it’s rather coarse, interlocked grain but I think they turned out okay.  I experimented with a different style of floating panel lid and think it turned out well.  It does make the box and lid a bit heavier since it uses 3/4″ thick material rather than the 1/2″ thick used everywhere else.  Same finish as the Walnut box and these have the inside bottoms lined with ultra suede.  One is about 6″ square, the other about 4″ x 6″.  I’ll need to take better photographs of them before I list them on the Etsy store.


About woodworksbyjohn

I'm a retired woodshop teacher. I build one of a kind furniture pieces and custom picture frames. You can see some of my currently available work, boxes, carvings through my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodworksbyJohn?ref=si_shop Contact me about your project -- always up for the challenge of unique work.
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