Australian Rosewood / Wood Hinged Box

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Project by Don posted 2630 days ago 5631 views 3 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve finally finished that toublesome box which you can view in another of my box project pages. (Scroll to the very bottom of the project page and you will see new pictures of the box that gave me so much trouble.)

So now I’m back into box making. Here’s one that I whipped up yesterday & today.

The primary timber is Australian Rosewood. The aroma of the wood reminds me of aromatic cedar. It’s a fairly soft wood and quite light. The wood was planned down to 10mm thickness which adds to the delicate feel of this box.

The top panel is an Amboyna Burl veneer. I’ve used this in a number of boxes. I make up these small panels by veneering to both sides of 3mm MDF for stability.

I used small rare earth magnets as lid hold-downs. The hinges are my own design and relatively easy to make.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 2630 days ago

I absolutely love lookin at your boxes

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#2 posted 2630 days ago

Don -

I always enjoy your boxes! I like the joinery and the hinges. You have the most interesting wood species!


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#3 posted 2630 days ago

Beautiful Don…what are the overall dimensions?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 2630 days ago

another beautiful box by DON, too bad we couldnt have hooked up for a coffee or something while you were in the neighborhood, oh well guess I’ll have to go donw under

-- Cheers

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#5 posted 2630 days ago

Thanks for the kind words.

Bob, the width is 9”, depth 5.5” and hight 3.25”.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 2630 days ago

Beautiful box. That Amboyna Burl panel is something special!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 2630 days ago

Very nice looking box Don. I like your choice of joints. You could almost enter this in the joinery competition.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 2630 days ago

welcome home Don… I don’t think I said that, yet.

Love this box. Love the colours, the edges, the hinges… Wonderful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 2630 days ago

Hi Don;
—-another great box here….’wood art’!

And I like the ‘made’ of those hinges….

-- --frank, NH,

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#10 posted 2630 days ago

I love all your boxes too.


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#11 posted 2630 days ago

Great box Don. Good to see your back home and in the shop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 2630 days ago

Very nice box Don.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 2630 days ago

That’s great Don! Just great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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-- Paul, Texas

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#15 posted 2630 days ago

Another great box. Brought back by the miracle of electronics.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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