Pool shaped jewelry box, Spalted Hackberry, hidden compartment

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Project by Blackie_ posted 03-15-2013 11:03 AM 1955 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: This bandsaw jewelry box that I cut out of the log of a spalted hackberry tree kind of resembled a swimming pool shape to me, it’s like the last several boxes that are my most recent to make in that it has a lift out tray along with a hidden compartment behind a false bottom door accessed by pushing down on one side to lift out the door and revealing the compartment, measurements are 9 1/2” long x 4” wide x 4 1/2” deep and is finished with a single coat of tung oil, three coats of wipe on poly and a final wipe down of paste wax.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 11:10 AM

You continue to be one of the most innovative people here. Love your ideas.

Beautiful box.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 12:59 PM

That Hackberry is way kool. So are your bs boxes. I really like the hidden compartment

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 01:17 PM

Very Pretty Box, Very nice work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 02:08 PM

Really beautiful box. Love the hidden compartment idea.
Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 03-15-2013 03:02 PM

you are really breaking new ground with these bandsaw boxes. The hackberry is some most awesome wood also…

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 03-15-2013 04:08 PM

Nice one, Randy!!

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

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#7 posted 03-15-2013 05:05 PM

This is one of the more interesting pieces of wood I have seen in a while. A lot of diversity and beauty to see in this one. Looks like it was a crotch. You took what mother nature provided, and kicked it up a notch or two into a very nice box.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 05:47 PM

very sharp went thru gallery loved your cabinets and heart boxes

-- greg indiana

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#9 posted 03-15-2013 07:14 PM

Blackie, nice job…as usual. The finish looks great. I have been wondering, if you put stuff in both sides of the hidden compartment will you still be able to open it? Would still be able to tilt?

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 03-15-2013 07:54 PM

Big Al, I took this into consideration, there is roughly 2” clearance, if they place something to big and bulky then there’s a chance but they could just move it to the other side, if all else fails they aren’t able to retrieve due to blockage then a slow controlled turn over of the box the lid will fall out leaving the contents inside if they do it slowly, then they would just make the adjustment. As for as both sides this particular design yes both sides would be an issue, my others no, I almost didn’t put a false bottom on this one and if it does become something the customer can’t work with they can always just remove the false bottom altogether.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#11 posted 03-16-2013 01:00 AM

You have some of the coolest spalted hackberry in existance!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-31-2013 09:56 PM

Seriously exceptional work, I sure enjoy your posts. Thanks.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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