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Round Chinaberry Jewelry Box, Hidden Compartment, Bandsaw box

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Project by Blackie_ posted 03-12-2013 02:19 AM 2417 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/chinaberry/

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 02:31 AM

Love the way you do these. I will have to try this when I get some “spare” time.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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GerardoArg1

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 02:48 AM

Nice work! Maybe the next copy was that! Wich measures be?

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 03:00 AM

I like them! great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Boxguy

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 03:15 AM

Randy, as always your work progresses and continues to improve. First the box concept, then the lift out, now the hidden compartment. Best of luck on your sales this week. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 11:46 AM

Thanks all,

Big Al, I think I’m going to yet try even something else new on these, instead of cutting the bottom off and gluing it back on, I thought I might try recessing it only it would be held in place with a glue joint only, nothing else not sure about that, it I cut it with a wide glue area say 1/2” that might work, epoxy would prob be a good backer.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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thelt

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 12:57 PM

Very nice. You really do great work on these.

I remember as a kid, we would climb chinaberry trees and collect pockets full of the hard berrys to use in slingshots. That was many moons ago. Question is, what family of wood is the chinaberry tree in and is it hardwood or softwood? I haven’t seen a chinaberry tree since I left southeast Texas, along the gulf coast.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 03-12-2013 01:27 PM

Hi Thelt

I answered your question, I posted a write up and link in the original post above.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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thelt

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 01:40 PM

Thanks for the info, Blackie. I spent many a time sitting up in a chinaberry tree as a kid.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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ldl

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 03:34 PM

Nice box. I see I’m not the only one using chinaberry. I have made a few bowls from it now drying.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 03-12-2013 04:18 PM

Nice one Randy. I have found a big color difference in China Berry depending on the part of the tree it comes from, too!........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger

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#11 posted 03-12-2013 11:32 PM

Very interesting looking grain on that.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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