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Each year at our office we hold an ornament exchange--lot of fun with a $10 limit. The standard fare is very ornate to downright funny (i got a reindeer that makes "noise" one year, still a favorite at our house). A few years back i got burned out on looking for the right ornament to buy so i whipped up a slide-top box from some scrap walnut and put a basic red bulb in it. The next year was oak, last year was a cherry.

For this year, i picked up a small stick of zebra wood a few weeks back, resawed to do continuous grain. 1/4" box joints with 1" spacing. Base & top are wormy maple, and the handle was from gluing my 2 offcuts back together before shaping. Top is a perfect fit, almost too good!! Three coats of Watco teak oil to shade it a bit, with a coat of Johnson's paste wax, buffed with kraft paper. The pics are from the 4 corners to show the continuity of the grain, but the new LED lights in the kitchen don't show well--the sides have the same sheen as the handle.

There are some mistakes, but SWMBO is trying to get me in the habit of not pointing them out!! Not one of Malcolm's works of art, but i'm pleased for my first shot with truly exotic wood. The zebra was remarkable easy to work with, planed and sanded better than i expected. Used a card scraper for the first time--WOW, i wish i'd been using them from the beginning of time!! I'm probably at $11.00 on the materials--so the ornament that goes in has got to be really cheap.

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Each year at our office we hold an ornament exchange--lot of fun with a $10 limit. The standard fare is very ornate to downright funny (i got a reindeer that makes "noise" one year, still a favorite at our house). A few years back i got burned out on looking for the right ornament to buy so i whipped up a slide-top box from some scrap walnut and put a basic red bulb in it. The next year was oak, last year was a cherry.

For this year, i picked up a small stick of zebra wood a few weeks back, resawed to do continuous grain. 1/4" box joints with 1" spacing. Base & top are wormy maple, and the handle was from gluing my 2 offcuts back together before shaping. Top is a perfect fit, almost too good!! Three coats of Watco teak oil to shade it a bit, with a coat of Johnson's paste wax, buffed with kraft paper. The pics are from the 4 corners to show the continuity of the grain, but the new LED lights in the kitchen don't show well--the sides have the same sheen as the handle.

There are some mistakes, but SWMBO is trying to get me in the habit of not pointing them out!! Not one of Malcolm's works of art, but i'm pleased for my first shot with truly exotic wood. The zebra was remarkable easy to work with, planed and sanded better than i expected. Used a card scraper for the first time--WOW, i wish i'd been using them from the beginning of time!! I'm probably at $11.00 on the materials--so the ornament that goes in has got to be really cheap.

Merry Christmas!!
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You did a great job, Earl, I like it a lot. The zebra wood is one of my favorites. Whom ever gets that box will be thrilled. I like the little handle design on top too. What a great Christmas gift, Thanks for posting.

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I'm with Ross, I want one too. Really nice. Someone is going be very happy.
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Let's vote to see if Earl should make us all one of his great boxes. I'd settle for Cherry if that helps.
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I'd like to order a dozen of those boxes at $11 each. I'll even pay shipping! Very nicely done, but I expect you fibbed about the cost of materials.

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I'll even forgo the ornament inside!
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Nice; very nice!

Would/could you post the dimensions of the box "body" and the top and bottom?

Again, very nice use of materials and craftsman-like work.
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Thanks all. Pretty much dead on for material cost--paid $18 for the zebra and used half, plus about half a bf of scrap maple. I have enough cherry to make about 300 at least, and with the Incra fence on the router table, shouldn't take too long!!

Ray, the outside dimensions are 3 1/2" high x 5 1/2" wide x 8 3/4" long. Height to width and width to length are both pretty close to 1.6 to 1 ratios, and it works visually. Top & bottom are rabbeted to 1/4" overhang all around, about an 1/8" deep.

That other piece of zebra may be paired with walnut lid--but i'd put a sealer on the zebra to keep the light color a little more milky and the brown would match the walnut i have a little better.

Herb--i was scared of working the grain, but it worked easily. It has a touch of the brittleness that cedar (or ipe for that matter) has, but i kept every cut backed up and had no tear-out. Didin't try to wander as i resawed it (1" Resaw King) and responded nicely to the carbide cutters on the planer as well, though i did feed at about a 10 to 15 degree angle to the head. The smell is a bonus--almost like a high grade cocoa, makes me want a good truffle!!

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