Live Oak and Walnut Watch Box

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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 01-16-2020 10:03 PM 1133 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished making this watch box for a friend, she’s planning to give it to her son-in-law. This is my second watch box, enjoyed making it and will no doubt miss it when it’s gone.

Lately I’ve been using SketchUp to work out the details before starting. Not to say I don’t make a few adjustments along the way, but it definitely helps develop the concept and general layout.

I used live oak and walnut, both harvested from a friend’s ranch several years ago. The book matched live oak as cracked and knotty, so I spent quite a bit of time stabilizing the wood by filling the voids with amber stained resin.

The legs and sides are attached with loose tenons. Used my CNC router to cut the monogram and slots for the brass rail hinges. Lined the bottom with dark brown oiled leather for the look as well as the great smell.

Wiped on the final satin finish of several coats of arm-r-seal, tung and boiled linseed oil. Waiting for multiple coats to dry, it takes me almost as long to finish these projects as it does to make them!

Everyone sees something different in the grain. Some say it looks like a lion, fox or owl. Either way, there’s a lot to look at. She said he likes “rustic”, so rustic it definitely is.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 01-16-2020 10:10 PM

Oh my god. That’s easily one of the most beautiful boxes I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure what I see in the grain other than my own envy. :)

-- Matt - Colorado

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#2 posted 01-17-2020 12:37 AM

Nice figured wood and great use of it, super looking box.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-17-2020 01:32 AM

Yikes! This is so AWESOME! Love that crazy wood grain! Dare I say it even looks a bit evil in a way! And I really like your clamps too! Nice work and thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-17-2020 02:15 AM

Great design and the grain is over the top!
Great box and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 01-17-2020 02:34 AM

Oh my god. That s easily one of the most beautiful boxes I ve ever seen. I m not sure what I see in the grain other than my own envy. :)

- Fiver

Thanks, that’s quite a compliment.

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

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#6 posted 01-17-2020 05:25 AM

Beautiful box and the grain is outstanding. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#7 posted 01-17-2020 05:53 AM

The close view looks like the eye to eye view of a large raptor. Incredible grain, made to a wonderful box.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 01-17-2020 08:11 AM

Great work. beautiful wood. I like the bookmatch on the inside of the lid especially.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#9 posted 01-17-2020 09:02 AM

Great Box, love the patterns in the wood.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 01-17-2020 10:48 AM

That is a work of art. Congrats on DT3

-- Petey

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#11 posted 01-17-2020 11:11 AM


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#12 posted 01-17-2020 02:25 PM

Thanks, that’s quite a compliment.


I only speak the truth. BTW, I think I see a deer in the bookmatch…

-- Matt - Colorado

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#13 posted 01-17-2020 02:44 PM

Live Oak is beautiful. It is not much to look at before you finish it, but when the finish is applied… it can be pretty amazing. You made a great looking box with it. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 01-17-2020 02:47 PM

I like it. Great job

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#15 posted 01-17-2020 03:26 PM

Great looking box!

-- John D, OP, KS

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