cabbage bark wood trinket box

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Project by jmp posted 01-24-2014 03:48 PM 1767 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 01-24-2014 04:06 PM

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 01-24-2014 04:13 PM

A most unique box with great wood and super design.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 04:24 PM

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.

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 04:38 PM

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....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 04:40 PM

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

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

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 04:41 PM

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 01-24-2014 05:05 PM

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

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#8 posted 01-24-2014 05:34 PM

Sure has a nice grain to it. Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 01-24-2014 07:53 PM

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 01-25-2014 12:02 AM

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

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#11 posted 01-25-2014 08:36 PM

A beautiful oval box design. Very well done!


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#12 posted 01-25-2014 09:35 PM

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 01-26-2014 12:02 AM

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

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 11:12 PM

Beautiful box and the finish is just awesome .

-- Kiefer 松

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