Cocobolo Jewelry Box

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Project by Don posted 07-21-2009 05:16 PM 6144 views 17 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of two boxes I just finished.

A co-worker of my wife’s wanted me to make her Mom a box for her 60th birthday so I started with this one and also decided to make one for my daughter in law for her birthday as well.

Second box is a completely different design.

All from Cocobolo (except for the box bottom). Legs and sides are joined using hobby sized biscuits. I tried to use M&T joinery but it just wasn’t working for me so I went with this idea.

I liked the heart (Cocobolo as well) in the bottom. Made with love…..or something like that.

The front shot shows a ‘mouse’ or ‘Chinchilla’ that appeared as I was planing and sanding. Kinda cool.

Finished with three coats of Kunos oil and sealer and three coats of wax. First time using the oil. It’s a ‘green’ product sold by my favourite wood store (KJP)

(shameless view of the lighthouse I made is not accidental) :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 07-21-2009 05:46 PM

Hi Don,

Very Nice! Clean & Crisp, Great job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 07-21-2009 06:11 PM

Looks great. The heart is a nice touch.

-- "Preach the gospel always. If necessary use words" -St Francis of Assisi

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#3 posted 07-21-2009 06:16 PM

Both boxes came out great, Don, but I think this one is my favorite.

After all our discussion about the finish, I think wax was really all you needed on this gorgeous wood.

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

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#4 posted 07-21-2009 06:25 PM

Both boxes are real winners Don, great job…........... Beautiful wood and great finish.
Welcome to LJ’s, I look forward to seeing more of your projects…......... and maybe even your
“shameless lighthouse”, which BTW looks pretty neat also.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 07-21-2009 07:39 PM

Very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 07-21-2009 08:01 PM

I like it and them crazy Germans left you alone this time. LOL.

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

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#7 posted 07-21-2009 09:52 PM

Very nice boxes!!! The wood is a real winner in these projects…and the recipients of course.
The hearts are a very nice touch.

I noticed how the box in the first picture here looks like its on water from the glass table top and the lighthouse in the background. Was that intentional?

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#8 posted 07-21-2009 10:01 PM

Ummmmmmmmmmm, yes, of course it was intentional :o)

Well, ok, no it wasn’t. I usually take pictures of my stuff indoors and really don’t like the way they turn out so I decided to take some pics outside this time and use natural lighting. After looking at the pictures, I noticed the reflection of the lighthouse on the two lids but never noticed the ‘water’ feature.

Good eye!!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#9 posted 07-21-2009 11:26 PM

Don, this is a beautiful box. I have never had the opportunity to work with cocobolo but this shows me what I have been missing.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 07-22-2009 02:57 AM

It’s a beauty!! Great job!! The cocobolo is gorgeous!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 07-22-2009 06:12 AM

Nice design that goes well with the choice of wood. I like how you integrated the “handle” to the front of the lid without have to add something on top of it. BTW, how did you hinge the top? I can’t tell from the picture.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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#12 posted 07-22-2009 06:27 AM

I think it’s a Hamster with a crown on its head : )

The box is of great design and the wood and heart are both beautiful ! Now on to your other box : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 07-22-2009 06:32 AM

I like it I like it a lot well done beautiful great wood

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#14 posted 07-22-2009 07:45 AM

Another fantastic box. Love the design. The bold legs give this piece strength, and the inset handle is an added touch. Great work.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 07-22-2009 12:02 PM

this is a brilliant box the the corner legs are a nice touch

thanks for sharing


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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