Wooden box for Bocce Ball

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Project by SteveKorz posted 2261 days ago 4823 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my Dad for Father’s day. He wanted a Bocce Ball set, so I bought one at Wal-Mart. I was thinking that it would come in something that would be a little more classy than a bag and a cardboard box, but couldn’t find anything better. So, I made this finger jointed box out of 3/4 oak. The lid has a 3/8 runner and slides open. There are no mechanical fasteners or hinges in this box, just glue. I just rubbed in two coats of low gloss tung oil to seal it up. I may spray it with a glossier poly yet, I haven’t decided.

I learned many important tooling “set up” lessons on this project that would have made it a project that would have taken less time to complete.

I made this box in about 3 hours. I stuck in a dummy finger where the lid slides out to keep the consistency of the finger joints. The lid rides smoothly on just paste wax. The finger grip for opening the lid was made by a raised cove router bit. The bottom is held in by a 3/8 rabbet all the way around. It’s 5 1/2” tall, 16” long, 9” deep. Hopefully, Dad will get good use out of it.

Thanks for looking….


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#1 posted 2261 days ago

thats cool! i should make one of those for the club that my dad goes to. they have a bocce court and i really like to play there (i can beat my dad :) ). thanks for the post!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 2261 days ago

That looks like a really COOL box that will be easily moved around and used.

I’m sure he will cherish it…

I’ve never played Bocce Ball… it must be fun!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 2261 days ago

Sweet, the oak looks good here. Nice and sturdy. The slide top looks great.

Been there, done that with the ‘set up lessons’. With a lot of projects like this, once you get the set up done, you might as well make a dozen (not to diminish your ‘one’).


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 2261 days ago

I think I could make one in two hours, and a dozen in four hours… I got done with this yesterday and told my wife, “Now I know why these guys have 7 routers, 2 bandsaws, 4 cordless drills… on and on… ”... lol.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 2261 days ago

Really nice, Steve. The addition of the box will make the bocci set a much more special present.

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

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#6 posted 2260 days ago

Great looking box. I love Boccie ball.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 2260 days ago

That’s a nice looking box! My brother plays bocce, but I naver have.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 2260 days ago

Thanks all, I’m still learning… got a loooong way to go. Thanks for looking.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 2259 days ago

great idea! I love bocce, and agree that even the nicest of sets come in crappy packaging!

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#10 posted 2258 days ago

Nice job Steve, it looks great.

Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 2258 days ago

Your my Buddy, so I have to be honest. Looks great Buddy!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#12 posted 2255 days ago

Nice work Steve. Keep up the fine work, the set up issues will work them selves out over time. Just keep finding the projects you want to do, that push you a little further each time. If you are looking for some inspiration, check out Doug Stowe’s books on box making. Or, if you want to torment yourself like I do, check out Andrew Crawford's books or his website.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Michael Brailsford

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#13 posted 2217 days ago

I love the sliding top.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#14 posted 2216 days ago

Well done Steve. Looks like the new shop is operational.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 2216 days ago

Nice box Steve!

Now you’ll have to turn a set of balls on the lathe.

I bought one set once, but I didn’t care for the Palina (thats the small ball)

So I made a palina.

Someday I’m planning on making a whole set.

This is on my list of many undone things. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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