Cocobolo 'Book' Box

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Project by tracker posted 06-29-2007 08:07 PM 1744 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of our neighbors is graduating from High School after placing 4th in the Texas in Golf. One of the most famous golf books is ‘How I Play Golf’. Tiger Woods actually did a take off on the book and named his “How I Play Golf” by Tiger Woods. This cocobolo box is made to look like a book and will hold all of his press clippings from High School and will get a brass plaque that is titled “How I Play Golf” by Ryan Franza.

This was a different and challenging project. The ‘binding’ that forms the left back had to be done by hand and posed the most interesting challenge. The finish is lacquer (I can see the dust from the wax still in the corners) buffed out on a beall buff system.


-- Scott - Dallas, Texas

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#1 posted 06-29-2007 08:51 PM

Very nice! I was afraid you were going to say it was to keep his balls in. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-29-2007 09:20 PM

Beautiful box, nice wood, looks like it was put together well. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 06-29-2007 10:32 PM

What a great idea, love the high luster finish.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 06-30-2007 12:39 AM

Awesome! The choice in wood makes it even more special. Stepping a little outside the box to build the box.

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

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#5 posted 06-30-2007 12:41 AM

Nice gift idea. Great work. Nice dovetails.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 06-30-2007 05:14 AM

I just love small wooden boxes! This is a beauty. Very nice design and execution, Tracker.

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

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#7 posted 06-30-2007 05:38 AM

It is again another work of art presented at lumberjocks. Thank you for sharing. Be advised tho, that cocobolo is one of the most toxic of woods, causing severe eye skin and respiratory problems if breathed. cover up well and cleanup well after its use.
A variant, should you attempt a similar undertaking might me to use multiple woods to make the box look like an actual boox, with a differnt color binding and covers laminated and striped or straight grained llite wood , like zebrawood, or ash for the middle “pages” segment. In your hands it would be “smashing.”

-- Dan

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#8 posted 06-30-2007 06:19 AM

What a thoughtful and beautiful gift. I’m sure it’s something he’ll treasure the rest of his life. That’s the kind of thing that goes up on the trophy shelf and gets taken down to show the grandkids. Great job, and a very lucky graduate.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 06-30-2007 12:53 PM

how lovely!!!

now.. how did you do those hinges??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 06-30-2007 04:24 PM

Great box. I like the concept of a book design for a box.

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

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#11 posted 06-30-2007 05:20 PM

Great job, tracker. Something to treasure for a long time.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 06-30-2007 09:29 PM

Thanks for the comments.
The hinges are from Lee Valley and the only small half mortise, half strap hinges that I could find. The ‘short’ side is 3/8ths and that is put in a standard hinge mortise that I did by hand. The long strap side is a simple surface mount. If I were to do it over I would rout the hinge mortise before assembly as the angle made it a REAL hassle. My chisels were too long to go in straight so I almost used it as an exuse to go buy a set of the short paring chisels that I have been eyeing! Too bad I passed up the exuse!
The cocobolo made me SNEEZE and my wife said I snored!!
Again thanks for the comments!

-- Scott - Dallas, Texas

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