Men's Watch Box, Spalted Hackberry.

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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-19-2013 12:50 AM 5050 views 9 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a custom made watch box per customers specs, she wanted a box to house 20 men’s watches and since I’d never made one before, I acquired assistance from Big Al (Boxguy) for this project a big thanks goes out to him. the assistance I needed was on how to make the partitions and with this help I managed to make what you see in the pictures, I first took his suggestion on using (wooden) venetian blinds but only the color wasn’t the right color so instead of buying a different set / color I decided to make them from scratch also using the same wood, the wooden hinges and splines are the only part of the box that didn’t come from her property they are Walnut, all of the inserts are removable.

The story behind this build;
The tree (Hackberry) that I used in this project actually came from the customers property, her back yard, it was a live tree when it was blown down by high winds, she had no idea what could become of it but she had some sort of an idea as she contacted my local meetup woodworkers group spoke with the coordinator and he contacted me, hooked me up with customer, when I got the the ladies house the wood was still fresh green and white as snow, I took several logs home and stuck them in my spalting pile for just over a year and the outcome is what you see, this is my very first attempt at spalting but the research I did paid off.

The customer was amazed with the wood and the box, she was very… happy and since she offered me the wood I gave her a nice discount on it, I’m sure her husband is going to be surprised with the box and the fact it was their tree.

The box measures 13” x 6” x 7” it is finished in one coat of tung oil, two coats of satin wipe poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

Merry Christmas to all

-- 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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#1 posted 12-19-2013 12:57 AM

Beautiful box, Randy You hit the mark!!
It is always so special when it is the customer’s tree.Tthey will really treasure that box!!

Merry Christmas…......................Jim

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

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 01:00 AM


Nice work! The inside of the lid caught my attention. Like you planned it. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 01:07 AM

Very nice, using customers wood, and help from the boxguy, wow, how great does it get? Great build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 01:29 AM

What an awesome looking box Randy. The hackberry really has some pretty in the grain. I can easily see why the lady really liked it. The wood hinges add a really nice touch and look much better than metal hinges. Her husband will have a nice surprise when he gets it.
Your box inspires me to make a box for my Rolex…or is it a Timex? Oh well, whatever it is I paid $34 for it last year…watches don’t hold up long for me because I wear them in my shop and even with all the abuse they take a lickin’ and keep on tickin”... Now I remember, it is a Timex…

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 01:30 AM

Super craftsmanship, beautiful wood the spalting is working for you, and your selection and application of finish all resulted in a wonderful creation. Help with the application of the hinges, please. The phots appears that the cut line between the lid and the box frame is not located at the bottom of the tenon or tonuge of the hinge’s lower half or the line whwer it would bend. Maybe I’m not seeing the cut line correctly; but I’d like to be able to do hinges like these.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 01:31 AM

Greg I can just hear you sayin it with a little cajin Drawl! Box amania

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 01:47 AM

Really nice job sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 01:58 AM

Thanks jim,Thomas, Bob, Greg and Russell

Russell it’s an optical allusion the photo is deceiving the hinges break on the cut line, there are several blogs and projects along with you tubes videos on how to make wooden hinges, the method I use on making Them is on a box joint jig via router table.

-- 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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#9 posted 12-19-2013 02:00 AM

Thanks Blackie! I suspected I was seeing incorrectly, after all I’m one eyed.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#10 posted 12-19-2013 03:28 AM

Really nice watch box. The wood grain is amazing and the knots make it even better. Great work from start to finish!!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#11 posted 12-19-2013 03:40 AM

That is some nice wood you used for this lovely box and you did a great job making it to the customers order.
Now twenty watches ,I think he should have thirtyone one for every day but I am sure he will be happy with this beautiful box .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 12-19-2013 05:57 AM

Blackie, this looks great! Nice hinges. I think the divider design turned out fine, and you probably didn’t need the extra little bumps inside the box. I think you could have extended the top and bottom dividers to reach the end of the box instead. Being able to reach in and lift out the sliding tray makes it work much easier.

I love the colors here. Glad your customer gave up on the “pillows” she planned to use. Thanks for the shout out, and thanks for posting this box for all of us to see and learn from. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 12-19-2013 10:41 AM

What a great box and amazing wood. Great story to boot…. Not only is the craftsmanship great, but what really sets this off are the hinges as well. All around a great job! A+...........................

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

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#14 posted 12-19-2013 12:16 PM

Thanks for the great comments, Gary, Kiefer, Big Al and Ken.

Big Al, as instructed, I started from the inside and worked out, so I had made the tray first then built the box around the tray, when I cut the side walls for the box, I had cut them slightly long, unrealizing it was already glued, this was a new approach for me as I’ve always made the box first the built the tray to fit inside of the box, what had happened even though the tray was sitting on the 1/4” half walls it was only barely catching the lip on one side or the other so it was just too loose and for fear of wood movement etc… the tray may fall inside so and instead of wasting more wood to cut new wider half walls for the tray to sit on I came up with the bumps for security.

I’m not sure I quite follow you on extending the dividers, I thought I was following your instructions? Did I miss something? I do know on the bottom set of dividers you suggested I create two more added spots for watches to sit in but the length of the box didn’t quite allow for it.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-19-2013 12:58 PM

Very nice Randy, beautiful wood and quality made…awesome box as always…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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