Cocobolo box

  • Advertise with us
Project by Torr posted 1243 days ago 1283 views 2 times favorited 10 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,


10 comments so far

View grizzman's profile


6771 posts in 1900 days

#1 posted 1243 days ago

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 ...[''''']

View littlecope's profile


2882 posts in 2099 days

#2 posted 1243 days ago

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.

View rance's profile


4125 posts in 1757 days

#3 posted 1243 days ago

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--

View RogerBean's profile


1086 posts in 1550 days

#4 posted 1243 days ago

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)

View Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor's profile

Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4930 posts in 1905 days

#5 posted 1243 days ago

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.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

View a1Jim's profile


111999 posts in 2174 days

#6 posted 1243 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

View bigike's profile


4031 posts in 1885 days

#7 posted 1242 days ago

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

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View itsmic's profile


1419 posts in 1715 days

#8 posted 1242 days ago

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

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

View Derek's profile


36 posts in 1210 days

#9 posted 1209 days ago

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

Very nice

View Chelios's profile


567 posts in 1663 days

#10 posted 1209 days ago

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.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase