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Keepsake Box - Cocobolo

by John W. Nixon on August 20 2007 03:00

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John W. Nixon from Eagle Lake Woodworking demonstrates how to build an Arched-Top keepsake made from Cocobolo. This unique arched-top keepsake box is an eye catching item with a unique feature on the inside - a place to frame a picture. The process for making a dovetailed box is detailed in this video, as well as, the procedure for shaping the arched lid.

This 15 minute video covers:

  • Resawing / Bookmatching.
  • Making a dovetailed box.
  • Shaping the arched top on the router table.
  • Installing a lid support hinge.
  • Tung oil finish.
  • Procedure for gluing cocobolo.

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6/13/2010 7:30:42 PM
Brazil
Nilton Jorge Gomes de Figueiredo
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A beautiful box! An incredible work!  
A hug.
4/3/2010 10:24:07 AM
United States
Bob
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Reply to comment from John W. Nixon who wrote:
Reply to comment from Bob who wrote:
I was hoping for a little more detail on installing the quad ...

Thanks.  I originally tried the back edge alignment/mortise but for some reason that didn't come out right.  After filling the mis-placed holes, I tried the super glue to hold the hinges in place while I marked and drilled the screw holes and that worked fine.  Just have to be careful to not use too much superglue since the finish has yet to be put on the recipe box I'm making for the better half.  Zebrawood w/natural finish.
4/3/2010 9:57:51 AM
United States
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Reply to comment from Bob who wrote:
I was hoping for a little more detail on installing the quad hinges, particularly on getting the top...

Hi Bob,
Those hinges are pretty tricky.  I don't think you missed anything in the video - I went back and watched it and you're quite right, there's no mention of the alignment procedure for the lid to the box.

What I concentrated on when I made the shallow mortise for the hinge to sit in was to position it so the back side of the hinge was flush with the back side of the box.

Knowing that I want my lid aligned with that same back edge, I positioned the lid so that the back edge of the hinge was aligned with the edge of the lid.  I used a little super glue to hold the lid in place while I put the screws in.

I hope this helps a bit.

John
4/2/2010 1:33:14 PM
United States
Bob
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I was hoping for a little more detail on installing the quad hinges, particularly on getting the top and bottom of the box properly aligned when attaching the hinges.  Maybe I just missed it in the video?

Love the videos!
2/27/2009 1:19:10 AM
United States
Capt. John Burke
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Nice job! I teach high school woodworking, and there was a lot of interest when I recommended your site.
1/13/2009 8:47:50 PM
United States
hank campbell
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Great Job John. When are we going to see some more Videos ?? Maybe a Video on doing Inlays or perhaps building a Router Table with Drawers, etc. You always do a Fantastic job.
12/17/2008 9:33:15 AM
United States
John W. Nixon
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Reply to comment from Jeff Johnston who wrote:
Do you try to keep the exterior edges nice and sharp, or do you knock them down a little?


Hi Jeff.  It sort of depends on the wood and the finish.  In this case, the cocobolo was getting a light oil finish (nothing built up), and the wood was as dense as any I've ever worked with.  I tried to keep the corners crisp with only a slight knock down (220 sandpaper only).

I made another one of these boxes from red oak, and I did round the edges over a bit more (still by sanding).

Take a look at the oak version:
www.eaglelakewoodworking.com/.../...e-Box-Oak.aspx
12/16/2008 12:46:05 PM
United States
Jeff Johnston
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Do you try to keep the exterior edges nice and sharp, or do you knock them down a little?
12/11/2008 9:49:17 AM
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roberta
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I am sorry..... I did not mean to post a frown.... must be some programing that I am not aware of.  If anything, I would give a thumbs up and a smile.
12/11/2008 9:47:33 AM
United States
roberta
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How interesting....... I've applied many of these techiniques in my woodworking and it makes quite the differenceFrown1) ie: glueing the top and then cutting it after.  Thanks and keep up the good work........  some of this stuff you fly by....... but, that's why we have a repeat button.  In fact, I am going to watch it again right now to see if I can pinpoint more questions or thoughts...
11/28/2008 12:07:58 PM
United States
Tom S.
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Hi John
how great of you to share your knowledge over the internet. I am a budding fine woodworker and enjoy learning about this fantastic hobby and/or profession. My real interest is in learning to carve but am eager to begin by making some smaller items on which to carve, like your cocobolo box. Am located in central Ohio, not far from Amish area so access to really good wood is fairly easy. Please keep up the good work. I'll be watching for new projects!!
Tom
10/19/2008 6:03:00 AM
United States
Sandy Davis
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9/27/2008 4:59:11 AM
United States
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what great work you do with the great tools you made.
9/19/2008 5:01:58 PM
United States
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Great video. When do we get to see the rest of the pool table build?
8/27/2008 9:08:18 PM
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7/2/2008 8:04:20 PM
United States
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Very good presentation, excellent woodworking. Thanks!
6/1/2008 10:13:00 AM
United States
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Great demo. Keep them coming!!
3/12/2008 5:08:23 PM
United States
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EXCELLENT JOB YOU ARE A CRAFTSMAN!
2/6/2008 2:30:51 AM
United States
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Very well videod and commentary. Nice work,
2/1/2008 6:05:40 PM
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1/31/2008 7:46:39 AM
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John, you are the man ! This video is GREAT !
1/11/2008 2:19:26 PM
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11/21/2007 8:20:54 PM
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11/17/2007 8:26:42 PM
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GREAT PROJECT-GREAT DEMO
10/22/2007 4:52:16 PM
United States
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Very nice, I would never have thought to make a solid top and then cut down on the sides to give an apron to it.
9/21/2007 2:29:50 AM
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9/15/2007 12:39:35 PM
United States
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A couple of thoughts after looking at you box. Your craftsmanship is very good and the overall concept of the box is excelent. You may want to give some thought to the following, for my eye the box is to "heavy" the material for the sides could have been 1/2 as thick or less, when spliting a box after assembly it tends to balance better if you split one of the dovetails evenly, I would have recessed each hinge piece equaly. Good work keep it up.
8/26/2007 8:04:36 AM
United States
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Great looking box!  Excellent job on the video!

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