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Project by MUST58GT posted 12-10-2018 02:45 PM 1143 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s family draws names for Christmas gifts. When I found out who my giftee would be this year, I cased his apartment for gift ideas during a recent visit. His wife provided add’l recon and more information about his taste for nice watches. We eventually decided a handmade watch box might be an appropriate and somewhat personal gift.

I made the top, front and back from a slab of Blackjack Oak that I found at a local sawmill. As you can see in the photo’s, BJ Oak tends to crack during the drying process and attracts boroughing insects like a love magnet. I spent the first few days of this build filling all the cracks and crevices with black epoxy.

The sides are White Ash and the inside partitions are made from Texas Native Black Walnut. I harvested the Walnut tree from a friend’s ranch in Lampasas, Texas which died several years ago during the drought. I like BJ Oak and Walnut as they tend to absorb minerals from the ground which produce unusual colors in the grain, including shades of purple, red and green. I lined the bottom with leather, which gives the inside of the box a nice scent.

I enjoy woodworking but, making something for someone special is the best. Hope he enjoys this watch box as much as I did making it for him.

PS – As will all my projects, I provided a limited lifetime warranty. Somewhat regretfully, the “limitation” is my lifetime, not his.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 12-10-2018 02:58 PM

I can’t say I had ever seen Black Jack Oak before, but I like that look. Or possibly it’s just the black epoxy filler? Contrasts look great, like that lift, and is that a wire used as a hinge? Looks great, pretty sure the recipient will like it too.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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majuvla

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#2 posted 12-10-2018 03:07 PM

Nice looking box, nice looking wood grain. I like off centered handle.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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MUST58GT

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#3 posted 12-10-2018 03:11 PM

hi Steve,

—- I can’t say I had ever seen Black Jack Oak before …
Me neither, haven’t seen BJ Oak before or since.

—- is that a wire used as a hinge?
The hinge is a 3/8” oak dowel glued into the lid and fits inside a slightly larger hole in the sides. Since alignment is key for the lid to fit in-between the sides, I pre-finished all the pieces before the final glue up.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 12-10-2018 04:55 PM



Nice looking box, nice looking wood grain. I like off centered handle.

- majuvla

double ditto !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Woodbutcher3

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#5 posted 12-10-2018 11:24 PM

Beautiful lid. You did a great job preserving the magnificence of grain and color.
Nicely done!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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KimAccurso

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#6 posted 12-11-2018 12:45 AM

Beautiful box and gift – nice wood, too! Am glad to see and study it as I have REALLY got to get on making my father-in-law’s christmas gift – AKA my first watch box. I like this design, and have done it before and just might go with it for this project. I like your dividers and the shape. Nice find on the wood and filling it with epoxy and also the angles on the sides. And A+ on your ‘limited’ lifetime warranty :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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AJ1104

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#7 posted 12-11-2018 03:06 AM

Great job with your box design. I like the off center lift. Nice detail.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 12-11-2018 11:29 AM

Nice job! congrats on top 3

-- Petey

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Artie623

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#9 posted 12-11-2018 09:04 PM

Very organic…. cool.

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Oni

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#10 posted 12-15-2018 09:37 AM

Beautiful box. How did you polish the epoxy fill? I’ve only used black colored epoxy once and it sanded to a matte finish.

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MUST58GT

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#11 posted 02-21-2019 11:16 AM


Beautiful box. How did you polish the epoxy fill? I ve only used black colored epoxy once and it sanded to a matte finish.

hi Oni,

You may be sanding the epoxy before it’s fully hardened? Otherwise it should sand/polish to a high gloss. If that’s possibly the caser, let it set for several days or even a couple of weeks before you start working on the finish.

I used some of the auto buffing compounds I’ve accumulated over the years. Lighted sanded between multiple coats of poly, then hand polish and wax. It’s a bit tedious but I like the way it enhances the contrast of the epoxy and wood grain.

The finishing part of these projects seems to be taking more and more time.

Hope this helps.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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MUST58GT

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#12 posted 02-21-2019 11:24 AM


... is that a wire used as a hinge?

- therealSteveN

hi Steve, thanks … the hinges are actually short 3/8” dowel rods that I glued into the top before assembling the sides. Sometimes hard to remember all the stuff you need to do (like that) before assembly but I like the results.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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