Cocobolo "you looking at me" box

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Project by jjraybur posted 1788 days ago 1868 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So another sculpted box, this one is made from cocobolo, with a canarywood top and dovetail splines, ebony handle, and bloodwood plugs on the top. Finished with blonde shellac and paste wax.

-- Jeremy, Baton Rouge, LA -

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#1 posted 1788 days ago

Nice job Jeremy.

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#2 posted 1788 days ago

Jeremy, the box looks brilliant. Excellent job, thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 1788 days ago

Great job. The shape really compliments the superb wood grain.

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#4 posted 1788 days ago

Nice box. The wood really stands out.

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

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#5 posted 1788 days ago

Sweet. Are the two little squares in the back for design or function?
What do you use for the shaping? I want to do this to a box some time. I imagine I would start by putting 60 or 80 grit in my random orbital sander and working it down that way. Seems like that would help give me the flowing lines.

I have a piece of cocobolo I want to use on a box. I was hoping that all of the colors would still pop out of it like the purples and reds. Did your piece have purples and reds before you finished it?

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#6 posted 1788 days ago

I use a sanding disc on my side grinder to get the contours, then use my ROS to smooth it all out and remove the burn marks. The bloodwood on the top is function. It’s function is to cover the hinge mortises that I exposed when I grinded away too much wood on the top! This piece of cocobolo didn’t have any purple or red in it, but I do have some that does. The canarywood on the top did have some red streaking though.

-- Jeremy, Baton Rouge, LA -

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#7 posted 1788 days ago

Extremely cool! Great fit and finish too.

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

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#8 posted 1788 days ago

Man, that is a sweet box! The contours must make people want to pick it up when they see it. That is some crazy beutiful graining in the wood.
Favorited for future pagarisitic endeavors.

What grit/type of sanding disc do you use on that grinder?

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#9 posted 1788 days ago

Absolutely beautiful wood choice and very smoooooooooth design!!
Very well done!!! thanks for sharing…............

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 1788 days ago

Really nice.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 1788 days ago

Very,very nice!
The tones really compliment each other and the shaping makes the grain dance.I also like the buttons at the back,a nice accent.

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#12 posted 1788 days ago

I used a 40 grit on this box after I wore my 60 grit out on other projects. You can use either, with the 40 I just have to spend a little extra time with the ROS at first.

-- Jeremy, Baton Rouge, LA -

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#13 posted 1787 days ago

Awesome Box man, Love the design

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#14 posted 1787 days ago

Beautiful piece!

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#15 posted 1787 days ago

this is one gorgeous box .
and cocobolo is tough to work ,
very well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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