Mothers Day Gift Box

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Project by tsdahc posted 05-08-2012 02:04 PM 1229 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a small box for my moms desk for mothers day. I wanted to use a simple design with some unique woods to set the piece. I went to a local hardwood dealer and gleaned through his cut off stocks. I picked up a bunch of bloodwood and on the way to check out found a nice piece of cocobolo. The box is about 9 inches long, 3.5 inches wide and 3 inches tall, well a little over three with the top on. The top is a solid piece that was dado to fit into the box. The top was then hand chamfered with a block plane to create a subtle curve to the top. The bloodwood box was splined with cocobolo. The bottom is a small piece of cherry I had laying around that had darkened from age. I used tung oil on the box, 3 coats and then two coats of polly finished with paste wax and buffed with a wheel. For the top I used acetone to remove the oils and then poly wax and buffed.

This is my first time working with both bloodwood and cocobolo. Learned a lot and did my homework on the negative effects of the dust so I made sure to have my respirator on when cutting. I tried to use hand tools when possible, so very little sanding, finished with scrappers instead where I could, used block plane to ease edge etc. I really enjoyed working with it and trying some more exotic type of wood.

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 04:34 PM

Well, congratulations. You’ve built your mom a beautiful box and she will love it.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 01:29 AM

That came out great, the bloodwood with the cocobolo gives this such a rich dark tone and the finish is spot on, nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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