Small Cocobolo Engagement Boxes--New Pictures

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Project by Durnik150 posted 06-03-2009 03:57 AM 1735 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some more pictures to accompany the first.

I had some Cocobolo in my shop that I really wanted to use but wasn’t sure what to do with it. About this time my Brother-In-Law (Yep the same guy with all the stitches) said that he had a co-worker who had seen some of my work and had a cool idea. He was getting ready to propose to his girlfriend and wanted a nice wooden box to hold the engagement ring. He asked if I could come up with something and here they are.

They are miniature versions of a simple bandsaw box by Keener-Ventura. The biggest of the five originals was 4”x2”x1” and the others are either the same or slightly smaller. I sent him a picture of what I had come up with and he liked the box so bought one to use on the special night. The one he chose is missing and a co-worker of mine bought one of the others so there are only 3 left of the original 5. I will call them engagement boxes from here on.

I learned that you don’t have to use much finish on Cocobolo. The wood has such a high oil content that putting almost any oil based finish on it will only result in a gummy residue. Many folks just buff Cocobolo and don’t apply any finish other than a wax (if that). The pulls are really more ornamental than useful but are made of birdseye maple.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 03:59 AM

pretty cool boxes very nice wood

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 04:46 AM

Great looking boxes. I really want to try my hand at making these style boxes they are pretty neat. Nice job.

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 04:55 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 05:46 AM

Very cool boxes, almost look like jelly rolls with the light center (handle)

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 12:27 PM

I love these boxes! I’m so glad you posted them. I just got some “scraps” of fine mahogany from a neighbor and want to do the same kind of thing with a couple of pieces. Thanks! Now I know what they might look like in miniature!!

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

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 03:39 PM


-- Larry , Colorado

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#7 posted 07-08-2009 02:45 AM

how did you fix the residue problem? Looks great!

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#8 posted 07-08-2009 07:01 AM

After taking the whole finish off with acetone I put on a very thin coat of poly. I thinned it almost 80/20 with laquer thinner. Then I set it aside in front of a fan for several days before touching it. And this was in Colo where we usually run about 25% humidity. Once if FINALLY dried, I rubbed it down with 0000 steel wool to the finish you see in the picture.

Thanks for looking.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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