This box is made of Red Zebrawood or Ebiara, Curly Cherry and Ebony. The top is Cherry and the rest is Ebiara except for the black Ebony highlights.
Once again, Gerry at Midwest Woodworkers brought in something that I just had to have. The Cherry I used for this box has a little bit of curl in it that you can see from some of the pictures, but I also liked the sapwood along the front edge. In a couple of the pictures you can see the green colored streak separating the sapwood and the heartwood which gave the top a lot of nice features to look at.
On this box I decided to try a little Ebony highlighting along with the handle. Originally I planned on a smaller handle, but once I started thinking about it, I envisioned something longer and sleeker. This one felt just right after I shaped it and glued it on.
Since the Zebrawood was about 7/8 inches thick, I was able to rip the board before I cut the sides so that I had a nice piece for the bottom. My last one had a piece of wood that was plywood and just had the wrong feel to it. I like the consistent look on this one.
This Red Zebrawood, like regular Zebrawood contains interlocked grain. A sharp plane and a gentle touch are needed to get a nice smooth finish on the boxes. Otherwise, I found this wood to be a delight to use, and the color and grain of this board are very nice.
I bought enough of it, that I should be able to make several boxes, and perhaps something else. I plan to make several with this combination of the two woods, but the next one most likely will not have the same Ebony highlights.
I finished the wood again with Deft Danish Oil. Two coats were necessary for the Red Zebrawood, as the first one really soaked in.
I will leave you with one last picture taken from the front right corner. I made my wife hold some newsprint paper up for these pictures so that I did not have a busy background, and it turned out pretty well.
This box is also 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches.
This box went home with my daughter Jodi.