Cocobolo Pencil Box

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Project by RogerBean posted 07-25-2010 12:08 AM 3480 views 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This uncomplicated little pencil box makes use of the high contrast sapwood. Cocobolo is so striking that it doesn’t need much help, so I added the plain wenge base, wenge and maple strip along the side and, though it’s hard to see, a thin wenge lip along the top edge. The lid is a simple lift-off. The interior is lined with a relatively plain maple veneer to complement the sapwood in the lid. I liked the idea of exposing the light interior when the lid is removed. The slightly oversize ebony pull is in deference to the owner’s arthritis.

I’m always reluctant to combine too many highly contrasting woods in a box, as it can quickly become too busy and fussy looking. But this one seems to work. It’s not a complicated project, but I did spend a fair bit of time on it.

The finish is WaterLox rubbed back to provide a base for a couple coats of Skidmore’s Liquid Beeswax. It has a nice soft feel when you pick it up. This is the last solid wood box I made, as I’ve been focused mostly on veneered boxes like the walnut burl one I posted a while back. The veneered ones are more complicated and take a lot longer, but I have several in the pipeline so I should have a couple more to post in the coming weeks.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 12:14 AM

This is excellent work and it is a beautiful piece of cocobolo.

Some pieces of cocobolo can be dazzlingly impressive, like this piece. Others can be quite dull. This is a great piece of wood and a great work.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 12:16 AM

I too made a cocbolo box. But I don’t think I am going to post it until yours has become a distant memory :)

I love the sap wood and stripes. Great looking box

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 12:17 AM

Beautiful use of striking material!

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

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 01:26 AM


-- 4thumbs in MO

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 01:30 AM

May be “slightly uncomplicated”, however, just gorgeous combination of woods and a beautiful piece of Cocobolo. Love the whole project down to the interior details.

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 07-25-2010 02:20 AM

Nice hunk of wood and good craftsmanship.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#7 posted 07-25-2010 02:21 AM

I agree, great work as well as great wood. Project well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 07-25-2010 02:22 AM

Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 07-25-2010 02:31 AM

it´s a beautyfull box nomatter how you try to escuse for it :-)


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#10 posted 07-25-2010 02:32 AM

That really is beautiful, I just hope it doesn’t darken up too much as cocobolo wood has such a tendency to do.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 07-25-2010 02:49 AM

That’s a great looking box.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 07-25-2010 02:50 AM

Yep, That is one handsome piece. You did right on the design. just enough detail show your craftsmanship but it doesn’t overpower the striking color of the cocobolo. And correctamundo on the maple interior.



-- vicrider

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#13 posted 07-25-2010 03:02 AM

Great looking box and a nice piece of cocobolo.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#14 posted 07-25-2010 03:09 AM

Very nice box

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#15 posted 07-25-2010 04:57 AM

Wonderful choice and use of wood. The sapwood in the Cocobolo definitely catches the eye and the finish is delightful.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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