Oak, Bocote, CocoBolo, Purple Heart and Lignum Vitae Hinged Box

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Project by MrWolfe posted 04-24-2018 02:56 PM 3116 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made a few boxes to play with different types of joinery and wooden hinges.
These are not hand cut dovetails though I will be making some soon now that I have hand tools.
There is a very thin strip of maple that separates the bocote/cocobolo for contrast.
I’ve not worked with purple heart much and I’ve heard the color changes or fades after time. How can it be treated to keep that gorgeous purple color?

Here is a view of the box with the lid open so the purple heart shows more clearly.
This box is just treated with some tung oil.

You can also see the Mesquite and Turquoise turned Heart that I am working on.
I intend to use borosilicate glass to make colored flames that are coming out of the valves on the heart.
I’ll post that later.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 03:06 PM

Thats a pretty sharp looking box well done


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#2 posted 04-24-2018 05:01 PM

Thanks Bill,
I am really enjoying the wooden hinge “exercises”. I was a little hesitant at first but lignum vitae is a great wood for mechanical parts.

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#3 posted 04-24-2018 05:18 PM

Quite an array of exotic woods, nicely working together in concert in this project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 04-24-2018 09:56 PM

Thanks Buddy,
I wish more exotic woods were in my budget for furniture. They work fine for small boxes though.
I just bought some Narex mortising chisels so I will post some boxes with hand cut joints soon.

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#5 posted 04-25-2018 12:56 AM

Very nice! great design and beautiful workmanship.

-- Doug, Ohio

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#6 posted 04-25-2018 12:22 PM

Well done!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 04-26-2018 01:24 AM

Nice job on your box. Look forward to seeing the finished heart. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 07:19 PM

Great woods, awesome hinges

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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