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Project by littlecope posted 10-30-2013 01:38 AM 3026 views 3 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

... I can’t think of a clever name for this tonight, my mind is a blank…
But that’s probably appropriate, because this was a very relaxed build… One of those very few, that are almost Zen-like in the way that they build themselves…
And no, to those wondering, I did not build it in my sleep… :)

It is, shockingly, a box… a Bubinga box to be exact, made entirely (except for the pins) from the Brazilian Rosewood I milled a couple of weeks ago… It measures 9” x 6” x 4 1/2”

I haven’t yet broke down and bought any round-over router bits, so when I wanted to round the tops and bottom of the sides, I simply used the old Fulton…

Four or five quick passes on either side, a little filing and sandpaper action made short work of that…

The hinges took longer than the box to make, Bubinga is very hard wood! My twist drills were smoking boring holes through it, and the Scrolling was at just about the limit of the discipline…

But I persevered, and these popped out at the end…

Happily the handle was a much simpler affair… A quick cutting, and some quick shaping with a half round file got me here…

The handle’s final shaping was done after it was glued to the box… It was a lot easier to work on attached to something, rather than loose in the hand…

And that is about it, except to say that I once again enjoyed the heck out of building it, and that I hope you will get some small measure of enjoyment out of seeing it…
I also hope you all have an enjoyable All Hallowed”s Eve… We had Frost on the Pumpkin here last night, and on the Car Windows too! :)
29 October 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 01:44 AM

Awesome work. Great looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 02:00 AM

Beautiful box with outstanding hinges!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 02:06 AM

mike you sure have made some beauties, and this one follows along with your others, i really enjoy your hinges and this bubinga you have saved , was just right, thanks for sharing your work it always makes my day….keep at it, ive got a project along the same lines coming up, cant seem to go to far without making a box, yours holds the magic of your heart, as that is where your inspiration comes from…keep at it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 02:52 AM

I know what you mean Mike, that Bubinga is some hard wood, very nice looking box and a great design, I’ve been non stop in the shop for the past several months, today is the first day in a long time that I left the door closed and just relaxed inside, heck of a storm, down here it’s still in the 80s.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 03:15 AM

Great job Mike. A solid and handsome box … and a fun read. I’ve never tried bubinga, but I have a nice piece that I might get out of retirement.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 03:26 AM

How about a great box with Mike hinges…
Another nice one, Mike.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 04:09 AM

Nice work Mike. We had frost of our pumpkins too. How about “More hinges with a box attached” since most of the work is in the hinges ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 10-30-2013 04:16 AM

Beautiful box. The hinges are really something to look at as well. No frost here in South Korea, but it sure is getting dadgum chilly!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#9 posted 10-30-2013 07:56 AM

Great box, Love the details in this. The hinges rock! Well done all the way around on this…...

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

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#10 posted 10-30-2013 09:11 AM

Another great box Mike. The hinges came out great too. I can’t help wondering how you built a bubinga box out of rosewood. Will you be storing bubinga in it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-30-2013 10:17 AM

Mike” a Rose by Any name….....
That is a very nice wee box, your detail is great.
Watching you pics of the hinges, I felt for you
It not only burns but if you push it can even form
hairline cracks from the heat, I love the finish but
dont like the journey that takes.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 10-30-2013 11:51 AM

Good job, and even better on the hinge work…nice

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 10-30-2013 11:53 AM

Beautiful wood, beautiful box. Well done Mike.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 10-30-2013 12:43 PM

Mike, a solid build out of some hard wood. Great looking Bub box.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 10-30-2013 01:17 PM

I would call it a Pure Bubinga Box. Nice job on it and thanks for the pics on the build process.

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

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