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My sister had a great granddaughter born in August so I decided to make her a keepsake box to put her stuff in. Probably her parent, grandparents and great grandparents will put stuff in it for her. I made it out of ziricote wood which comes from Central America. I also used tiger maple for the top and a lift-out tray. I purchased the ziricote locally at a German veneer factory. They sell some lumber.

I have used ziricote before to make a basket for my wife for her birthday.

The finish: On the inside I put several coats of dewaxed shellac. On the outside I put several coats of dewax shellac followed by several coats of Zar polyurethane diluted with 50/50 mineral spirits. I don't sand between coats. The next to the last coat I use 500 grit foam sanding pad on random orbital sander to removed any dust from the finish, then apply one last coat.

Malcolm / Kentucky USA
 

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Very,very nice Malcolm. You seem to always come up with the most unique designs, and your workmanship is top shelf.
I enjoy seeing your work. I have never heard of that kind of wood before, sure is pretty though.

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Ziricote makes really nice acoustic guitars and apparently makes really nice boxes - great job, Malcolm! Is the top engraved or laser cut? I can't tell from the photo, almost looks like a gold stencil.

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