Mystery Box

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Project by blockhead posted 06-21-2009 12:53 AM 3373 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I called this the “Mystery Box” for the simple reason that I have no idea what kind of wood it is. My best guess is cocobolo. I’m not real familiar with too many species of wood. I bought a box of exotic cutoffs from Rockler and received this chunk of wood in it. I didn’t want to do too much to it, so I just squared it, rounded it off a bit and bored it out. The handle is black walnut, which I got from the hardwood cutoffs from Rockler too. Finished with oil and wax. I know many of you know what kind of wood it is and I would love to know. Any comments and suggestions are appreciated.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 12:58 AM

Hey Brad
That’s one cool box . maybe it’s cocobolo or bradwood. LOL I really like the design and wood great build .


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#2 posted 06-21-2009 01:16 AM

The dark part does look like cocobolo, but I didn’t know it changed color so dramatically.

At any rate, it’s a beautiful little box.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 01:35 AM

Brad, nice job… I’d say cocobolo is very likely. It can have some pretty dramatic change between heart and sapwood. The walnut you used has some fairly dramatic grain too.

Here are a few cocobolo pictures from Cook Woods – cocobolo.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 02:04 AM

If it’s really dense, reletively heavy and very oily it’s cocobolo. Nice looking box.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 03:12 AM

Great looking box! Love the colors. The handle set it off.

Great use of scraps!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 04:21 AM

Wow. I like they way that wood came out. Fabulous colors and that pice of walnut has some great grain also. Nice job on the box.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 04:48 AM

I’m going to say Angelwood. I bought some from the Woodzone and it has the redish, almost purple heartish, color plus the spalted whitewood. It also has the abrupt change that yours does. Nice little box.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 02:44 PM

Cool box

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 03:39 PM

nice one

-- The woodCrafter

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#10 posted 06-21-2009 04:47 PM

Thanks a lot for the comments and info LJ’s. For now my money’s on cocobolo, but…

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#11 posted 06-21-2009 06:33 PM

Hey buddy you stole the name my dad used to call me. Blockhead! Great looking box, nice design too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 06:34 PM

It might even be padauk. I’ve never seen it with sapwood. Nice looking box. I like the handle. And great colors, whatever it is.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 08:08 PM

Nice little box.

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#14 posted 06-22-2009 12:13 AM

What a beauty

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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#15 posted 06-22-2009 05:09 AM

Sweet little box!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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