Cocobolo Box

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-19-2015 01:18 AM 1425 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July, 2015—A local lumber yard ran a sale on cocobolo remnants so I bought this piece to make a box. The white corners / legs and the black-painted rim for the lid are made from “live oak” from a tree in my front yard. The lid itself is some glued up hardwood from the scrap pile. The floor of the box is laminated cabinet grade wood from an old piece of furniture.

The hinges were recovered from an old discarded music box. The lid has a rare earth magnet inset in the center-front, which attracts to a large gauge galvanized finish nail in the top of the front side. I went back and forth about adding a handle, and so far have opted to leave it alone.

The finish is several coats of brushed on water-based satin poly (Rustoleum brand from Lowes). The dimensions are approximately 12-inch by 5.5-inch by 7-inch high. This was fun to build and I think the cocobolo is a very interesting wood!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 07-19-2015 03:33 AM

Very interesting little box, Cocobolo is a very unique wood. Have you considered using just waxes or polishes to finish?

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#2 posted 07-19-2015 03:57 AM

Nice looking box, from some “sale” wood. I never find it on sale.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 07-19-2015 09:03 AM

Very nice box.Simple and catchy.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#4 posted 07-19-2015 12:28 PM

Awesome shape. Those contrasting colours make it more rustic look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-19-2015 04:18 PM

A very flashy box Art. I like the design and the build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 07-19-2015 11:36 PM

I like this very much. Nice colors and different wood grain. Thanks for posting.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 07-23-2015 10:49 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I sometimes use wax on my turned pens, but never considered that for a box like this.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#8 posted 09-10-2015 01:37 AM

Stunning… even more beautiful in person! Nice to make your acquaintance at the woodworker’s meeting this evening! :D

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)

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