Bubinga and Bloodwood Boxes (That's a Lot of B's, Boys)

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 12-30-2011 11:17 PM 2762 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a bit of time to kill this week, and I haven’t spent much time in the shop lately, so I built these ”
reverse twins” of bubinga and bloodwood.

The material was 1/4” thick, so I laminated it with some 1/8” ash to provide a good aesthetic thickness for these 4” x 6” boxes. Construction is very simple, with the tops and bottoms being floating panels. I stopped fooling with hinges on my boxes a while back, and now I remember why. Hinges are the spawn of Satan. ‘Nuff said. The finish is BLO, followed by machine buffing.

This was my first time working with bloodwood, and I think I’m in love. :-) Can someone tell me if and how the rich, red color of the wood is affected by light exposure over time?

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 11:31 PM

Number one, buddy…

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 11:33 PM

Bitchin Boxes

So its bubinga and bloodwood with buffed BLO. Bygolly their beautiful.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 11:43 PM

Nice lookin boxes. Two really nice woods to work with. I have used bloodwood on several projects and noticed that it will darken with time…regardless of the finish…but it still looks great.
What problems do you have with the hinges?

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 11:43 PM

I’ve had some bloodwood for over 8 years and it’s still red. It’s not been stored in the sun, but I’ve had other woods that transform given similar conditions.

I’ve got some purpleheart that is almost black after 25 years. So I’m also interested in the changes because of UV light.

You can make the most beautiful project and then the customer gets something different over time.

Beautiful boxes Charlie. I’ve got some 1/4” mahogany maybe 3” wide by 8’ long and some either African Mahogany or Spanish Cedar 1/4 X 6 X 10’ long. I’ve got a mixed species pile and I’ve not checked out which species it is.

If it’s Spanish Cedar and someone is looking for some for humidors it’s available.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 11:48 PM

Nice looking project Charlie. No “B”s here. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 12:09 AM

Could’ve added another one by making them with your bandsaw.

I’ve built a guitar fretboard (that was failed, and then disassembled this past summer) which stayed at direct lignt (and sun) exposure for more than a year, with absolutely no finish on it: no change in color of the bloodwood for me.

By the way, the boxes are brilliant ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 12:14 AM

Enough of the BS on everyone’s comments Charlie

They look great!


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#8 posted 12-31-2011 12:19 AM

Thanks, guys.

Greg, where do I start with my hinge problems? I can never seem to get my stop blocks set up just right for the mortises, I usually end up twisting the heads off a teeny brass screw or two, and when I do finally get everything put together, I close the lid to find that the top of my box is no longer aligned with the bottom. I know it’s just a matter of Practice and Patience, but it still drives me nuts. :-)

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

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 01:21 AM

Charlie those are really nice boxes – and photography. Am I missing something here – I see hinges on these boxes.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 01:21 AM

Bite me bottom bubba ! thems bee yewtiful boxes , you betcha Happy holidays to you and yours Charlie ! (sorry for the additional b’s ) couldn’t pass my share ! Never able to keep bloodwood articles around long enough to know how they age myself … no complaints from recipients thus far but I’d probably ignore them if I heard em’.... Know anyone who has purchased a band saw mill and lived to regret it ? I’m trying to talk my wife into the prospect, she only responds that if I can squeeze it out of my existing shop budget I should go for it….. funny girl….

don s.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 01:46 AM

These are just great boxes Charlie. I love the simple elegance. They look so clean.
I hate fooling with hinges too. Why don’t you give these a try:
You can’t mis-align them and there are no screws. How much more can you ask?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 02:16 AM

Paul, I just may have to try that.

Bill: I just needed to remind myself why I don’t use hinges. :-)

Don: Tell her you are getting the congressional budget office to do an update of your shop budget. :-)

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

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 02:24 AM

Really nice Charlie

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 02:30 AM

I like the boxes. If I can be of any help with the hinging and brass screws, please feel free to PM me. I have taken the easy way out and now use smartHinges mostly, but have had my share of tribulations with other types. The key is using the right fixtures for each type, and even then there’s a little “art” involved with the screw placement. But if you like boxes, then hinges are part of the Zen of the process and finding your own personal process is necessary (I learned from on-line, magazine articles, and Andrew Crawford – trial and error would have taken me forever). I am now pretty much at peace with hinges and brass screws, but am occasionally still driven to swearing. :-)

Bottom line: I like your boxes and hope to see more. Keep making them… hinges or no.


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

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#15 posted 12-31-2011 03:02 AM

Thank you very much for the offer of help, Roger.

Part of my problem is cheap hardware. I really like the smartHinge, but since I build mostly for my own enjoyment and rarely sell a piece, quality hinges can get a bit expensive.

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

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