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Pictured: A round jewelry box made from the log of a chinaberry tree, this box offers a lift out tray along with a hidden compartment accessible by simply pushing down on one side of the false bottom door raising the other side then lifting it out. I’ve noticed Chinaberry takes on different colors when it comes to a bit of spalting, notice the red streak? The last picture shows the false bottom door removed.
Measurements are 5 1/2” across and 6” high, it is finished in a single coat of tung oil and three coats of my own mix wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.
Note: It is imperative that you use a special jig that secures the log tight and use caution when cutting across a round log as by doing it without securing the log it will turn in your hand causing a bad outcome and or a loss of a finger.
Chinaberry Tree Here is a link to the characteristics and the wood data base of this tree. The berries are poisonous to humans and animals, it can cause skin irritation and headaches when working with it.
I do recall a mild headache at one point but it never dawned on me that it was from the chinaberry, that could have just been a coincidence as well. It appears it’s in the hard wood family but when working it I noticed that it was very sparse and easy to work.
Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.
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