Second Cocobolo Box

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Project by Don posted 07-21-2009 05:30 PM 2554 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of two boxes just completed, also from Cocobolo.

This one, believe it or not, was more trouble than the last one I completed.

The first design I did was full height (as seen in the pictures) with the lid sitting on top and a base made from Bubinga. After looking at the semi-finished product, I was completely uninspired with it and found it very boring to look at. After a brief conversation with another forum member from the Canadian Woodworking Magazine forum, I decided to cut away the top 3/4” of the box. The new height was more pleasing to the eye but I still had some details to work out with the top and decided on this design.

My original design called for brass hinges and a brass clasp on the front but even though I pre-drilled for the God-awful tiny nails, the Cocobolo showed them who was boss and refused to allow entry without bending. I was starting to get frustrated and a bit panicked because the client was supposed to be over that night to decide which box she wanted to give to her Mom (see previous post) and I was running out of ideas.

I thought “well, if brass hinges won’t do, how about wooden ones?” so I ran back to the workshop and made these beauts (?) from Cocobolo. Not the most eye pleasing design but functional. I didn’t even bother trying to install the brass latch but made one out of, you guessed it, Cocobolo!

Again, I liked the heart touch in the bottom. Might become my signature, “Made with Love”.

I think Gremlins twisted the handle when the glue was setting…I didn’t notice until I looked at the picture…..Arrrrrrrrrgh!!!!

Three coats of Kunos oil and three coats of wax finish this beastie off.

(again, shameless display of the lighthouse) :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 07-21-2009 05:48 PM

Sweet looking wooden hinges!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 07-21-2009 06:12 PM

Darn gremlins! Looks great!

-- "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words" -St Francis of Assisi

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#3 posted 07-21-2009 06:38 PM

Wooden hinges. Very nice touch. Kunos oil? Is that a brand name?

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#4 posted 07-21-2009 06:44 PM

Kunos Natural Oil Sealer by Livos

Saw it sitting at KJP Select Hardwoods when I was picking up the Cocobolo. Thought I’d try it out just for giggles…

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#5 posted 07-21-2009 07:40 PM

This one looks great too…nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 07-21-2009 07:56 PM

Love the hinges, and the box as a whole. Damned gremlins or whatever they might be,maybe moonies. I’ve seen them around in airports. Great build anyway, don’t be so hard on yourself. You only have to please the man in the mirror.

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

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#7 posted 07-21-2009 10:43 PM

Nice boxes. What kind of wax did you use? By the way, I didn’t think you were plugging the lighthouse. I thought you were showing off the awesome glare put off by the box lid!!

-- Steve - kingwood, Texas

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#8 posted 07-21-2009 10:51 PM

Looks great. I think everyone agrees great hinges.
Thanks for the post.

-- R

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#9 posted 07-21-2009 11:27 PM

Don, this is another beautiful box.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 07-22-2009 12:07 AM

Thanks all..

I used Minwax on them.

You’re right, awesome glare :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#11 posted 07-22-2009 02:59 AM

Another beauty!!! Great looking hinges!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 07-22-2009 06:45 AM

Another nice box ! I like the design of the other one better , but this one has some really beautiful grain to it and you did a nice job making it meet at the corners .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 07-22-2009 06:47 AM

Another winner

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#14 posted 07-22-2009 07:40 AM

Beautifull box. Just love the use of wooden hinges. Great design and build. Never would have noticed the handle without you pointing it out.

Keep up the fantastic work.


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

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