Nice Wood With Accent Dots

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Project by longgone posted 03-25-2013 11:34 PM 1900 views 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alot of non-woodworking distractions this past week…but I did manage to get this box completed today.
I thought it was all Cocobolo but the more I look at the box and compare it to the top I get my doubts. I know the top is definitely Cocobolo but the rest just looks different and I am not sure what it is.
I added some maple plugs to add a bit of contrast to the dark woods and I like the effect it gives.
The bottom is lined with leather and the finish is lacquer.
I bought some alligator hide and ostrich skin this week and hopefully will have time to incorporate them in some box linings very soon.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-25-2013 11:51 PM

I definitely need to do more with my boxes. Your simpler boxes beat anything I have done to date . As always, beautiful box with superior craftsmanship.

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

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 12:39 AM

That is a cool design and beautiful wood (as always). Did you cut dados around the box or are those strips wrapped around it? You gave me an idea with this one!

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

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 12:39 AM

Not nearly as flamboyant as your wildly sculpted boxes Greg, but I really like these recent ones.
Simple is never as simple as it looks.
This one is elegant.
Can’t help on the wood, sorry. In the photos it looks like an oak, but I’m not about to suggest that you would miss something that common.

Fine piece.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 12:53 AM

Wow, Greg. that looks so rich & elegant. Nice touch with those dots

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 02:16 AM

That is a beautiful box. I like the grain pattern on the top the horizontal grooves an the accent dots. A real winner.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 02:23 AM

Rock and roll you foot stompin cajin! NICE!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 02:36 AM

well it sure is a nice box, kinda nice to see something different, as i know your drawing us in to this and then all of a sudden your going to pop in one of your really wild ones, with some heavy duty color from a super duper lamination, am i right, or did i just give you a great idea…lol…im with paul, it does look like oak to me as well, and it also looks like a dato all the way around…but these are all just fun guesses…......well im getting closer to being done with my secret project…....if i push hard, i might get it done in one week…..well greg another fine box…its been awhile since ive done a box….i might have to break loose and see if i still have what it takes…:)...dont use it, you loose it….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 03-26-2013 02:37 AM

hey tom, and he is a real coon ass also…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 03-26-2013 04:13 AM

Thanks everyone…! I am hoping to get a few more lower cost boxes completed before the shows start soon (don’t want to leave any change on the table)..I have several shows coming up starting in less than 2 the next couple of months will be extra busy.

Monte…thanks…your work is excellent and it is your own style…we all hopefully put our personal touch into what we create…

Andy…Those are dado cuts in the box….actually done on my router table…

Paul….it is definitely not oak…it has a dark color and is oily…but not the unique smell as the Cocobolo has. I will figure it out sooner or later.

Roger….thanks…I like the look of the plugs when the have a distinct contrast…but I mainly have used them when covering the pin hinges.

Peter…thank you…just trying to have a little variety.


grizzman…wwe are all looking forward to your unveiling of your secret project…I know it will be an automatic winner…! I have a whole bunch of design ideas bursting at the seams for some laminated boxes…but I am having a real difficult time getting satisfactory resawing results on my bandsaw. I added the riser block, have several good resaw blades, have a Kreg bandsaw fence and just got a Carter mag bandsaw switch and have tried to fine tune my bandsaw the beat I can…but I just keep wasting wood getting horrible results…frustrating to say the least.
What do you consider a coonass…?

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#10 posted 03-26-2013 06:02 AM

Greg, I’m sur e you checked out that video on grizzly? There may be an issue of alignment and you may have to shim the riser block?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 03-26-2013 08:31 AM

Greg always great to look at your work and creations. I really like this one alot. The dados in the front and plugs add so much intrerest to it. The top looks great as well, how it seems to flatten out in the middle next near the finger slot. I’mdying to see the inside now…. LOL

Look fwd to seeing more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 03-26-2013 04:03 PM

Wow! Greg! That is just awesome! Great work!

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

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#13 posted 03-26-2013 04:14 PM

Another winner Greg!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#14 posted 03-26-2013 04:46 PM

Another beautiful box Greg. The wood is very rich.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#15 posted 03-26-2013 05:32 PM

Thomas…the resaw problem is not with needing shims on the riser block because from what I understand that is for a tracking problem and the tracking seems OK since the blade stays lined properly on the top and bottom wheels. My problems are with blade drift…I try resawing a 3/4 board and start the cut dead center and by the time I am done the blade has veered off center almost 1/4”.

Ken…I appreciate your kind comments…Each box is a new adventure and always fun to start and complete. I usually just design it as I go along to keep it interesting..For me, planning some work out too much limits spontaneous creativity.

Robert…thanks…you always have such kind words to offer.

Ron…thank you…I hope it is a $$$ winner at the shows…

MichaelA….much appreciated…I always have felt that a great piece of wood enhances a project.

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