Cocobolo Hearing Aid Case

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-09-2013 02:18 AM 3572 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all, here’s another little project I’ve just completed. My son was diagnosed with mild to moderate bilateral permanent hearing impairment at the age of 22 months. He got his first pair of hearing aids at that time and wears them everyday all day and will for the rest of his life.

He and I built this box mostly together. He choose the wood, a piece of cocobolo from my stock. He says he likes it because it looks like lava. He is six years old so I guess that’s what’s important about wood selection at his age. He helped me cut the wood on the compount miter saw, helped me joint and plane it, and helped me router out the recesses on the router table. I used a template I created to ensure the top and bottom recesses lined up perfectly.

I learned while working on this that I have develeoped a bad reaction to cocobolo dust. I have to wear a mask and be very careful not to breath in any of the dust or I start coughing non stop. Of course safety equipment for my son was top priority as well.

To ensure that he would not have any reaction to the wood via his hearing aids, which will be stored in this box over night (he doesn’t sleep with his aids in); I coated the box inside and out with about 5 coats of spray on shellac, then paste wax over that. So the wood is very well sealed.
The small 5mm pin hinges are glued in with CA glue.

My son is very happy with his new hearing aid case! As always, comments and critiques welcome.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 02:21 AM

Very nice case and little boy. Technology is moving very fast, he will be able to discard the hearing aids in time.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 02:22 AM

Nicely done!

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 03:32 AM

What a beautiful case. It looks to be on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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RS Woodworks

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 04:31 AM

Thanks very much guys.
Geoff, I guess you never know, maybe he will. For now we are waiting for the technology to catch up enough for decent water proof hearing aids.
Todd and Jim, thanks! Cocobolo comes in so many amazing colors. I guess thats why this piece reminds my boy of lava!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 05:29 AM

What a beautiful case. The same concept would work well for eyeglasses.
Great job.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 02:00 PM

RS, I like everything about this posting. It has a wonderful story, beautiful photographs, and a finely-crafted project. It even features a Star Wars tee shirt! You have posted an array of projects, and they were fun to view. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 04:15 PM

A real beauty! Love the look of this, such amazing color.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 03:36 AM

The force is strong with this one!
Very nice job!

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