Cocobolo box

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Project by Torr posted 02-26-2011 11:33 PM 1973 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a cocobolo box I made both as a present and to hold a present for my wife’s birthday.

It is based upon a plan from Fine Woodworking (“A Small Elegant Box” by Gary Rogowski – Nov/Dec 1999). I changed the dimensions to suit my purpose, selected cocobolo and decided not to pin the joints or use a handle for the top.

It is finished with lacquer (Deft spray can) and the bottom is lines with self-adhesive velvet.

The cocobolo was a bit hard to work with, I have to be very careful to follow the grain direction to plane the curved sides and the top without chatter or tear-out. No problems glueing it, I used Titebond III.

My wife was pleased with it, though of course I can only see the mistakes. But I learned a lot that will make the next one even better, and that’s the whole point. I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 02-27-2011 12:11 AM

im a big fan of boxes, and i like this one…the joinery adds a nice touch and no handle is quite different…i have not worked this wood yet so maybe it will have to be on my list of woods to work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 12:11 AM

Nice work with some nice wood Tim…
Thanks for sharing it and welcome to LJ’s

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 12:29 AM

Nice box. I too like the jointery in the corners. When I saw the thumbnail, I thought… “Hey, a precisely placed needle sticking up would make this a nice money box.”. You certainly could tell who was taking your money by just looking at the tips of their fingers. LOL!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 12:39 AM

A lovely, uncluttered box in one of my favorite woods. I like it.

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 01:47 AM

A very nice box and a fun wood to work with. I just finished a cocobolo box and applied the first coat of finish. It is amazing how cocobolo has so much of a varying grain pattern. I have some boards that have an amazing swirly grain with browns, blacks, tan and orange colors and then again others have a bland chocolate brown color.

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 04:26 AM

Well hello there Tim welcome to Ljs
This is one wonderful box,way cool.

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 07:09 AM

very nice box welcome to the best and most addictive site on the planet!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 05:03 PM

Very nice, the design is well executed with fine craftsmanship, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 04:28 AM

Wow, I love that, such clean lines and I have never worked with cocobolo but have heard its very hard.

Very nice

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 04:35 AM

What a nice box Torr. I hadd’t seen cocobolo in that color before. It looks great. I have a little board of cocobolo and I agree it is very hard but my board is really dark toned.


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#11 posted 10-12-2014 11:41 PM

Very good looking and the curves are impressive. Great job!

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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