cabbage bark wood trinket box

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Project by jmp posted 209 days ago 1112 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was making a wooden clock which required a heavy base. I had come across some cabbage bark wood which had a very distinctive grain pattern. I liked the wood and the shape and size of the base and thought it could be the basis for an attractive box. I butt jointed 2 stock lengths of 70mm x 12mm and used the MDF templates I had made for the clock base to cut out a number of lengths to shape which were then laminated together to form the bottom and top of the box. I used Danish oil to finish.

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#1 posted 209 days ago

I’ve never heard of cabbage bark wood, but I do like this box. Well done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 209 days ago

A most unique box with great wood and super design.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 209 days ago

Nice choice for the wood. We very seldom get any Cabbage Bark wood even though it grows all over Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Did you notice any unpleasant smell when you cut the wood? That is one reason why it is not more popular with lumber people. A lot of it is turned into flooring as it is hard, dense and has great color and grain. Nice work on the box.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#4 posted 209 days ago

Nice job on the finish of a good lookinnn box.
I have never seen this wood before. I like it and would like to make something out of it.
thanks for showing us!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 209 days ago

A+++++ on that trinket box, good lines very nice

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#6 posted 209 days ago

Beautiful box. I really like it. Like to try one of those.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 209 days ago

Nice box, the reminds me of 1/4 sawn saple

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#8 posted 209 days ago

Sure has a nice grain to it. Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 208 days ago

Unique, definitely stands alone.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#10 posted 208 days ago

Awesome wood grain and a nicely designed and finished box : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 207 days ago

A beautiful oval box design. Very well done!


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#12 posted 207 days ago

Very nice design and awesome finish. That wood is beautiful. So is your work!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 207 days ago

Great box ,First time I’ve seen that wool really a great job,

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#14 posted 204 days ago

Beautiful box and the finish is just awesome .

-- Kiefer 松

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