Tasmanian Blackwood Dish Box with Cocobolo Lid

After the two small Cocobolo boxes, we wanted to do something a bit bigger, and mix some woods in the process. So, we grabbed a cool chunk of Tasmanian Blackwood with it’s “leopard spots” pattern, put it onto the lathe, and created a slightly offset, dish-like interior. After that we cut some subtle angles around the perimeter for visual interest and sanded it all up. Then we had to figure out the lid. First we used a piece of flat Cocobolo, turning it on the lathe to form a domed top. We then took a separate stick of Cocobolo to create a dramatically long ‘handle’ for our lid, and we glued the two together. Once dry, we put the whole lid-handle piece back onto the lathe for more turning to blend the joint between the two and sand everything super smooth. While in place, buffed the piece with wax, which the spin of the lathe heats up, creating a really high gloss finish. The grain on the lid piece is spectacular! We applied some Danish Oil to the Tasmanian dish to accentuate the ‘leopard spots’ and then hand buffed that with wax, too.

The base of the box measures ____ x ____, and with the lid in place the complete height is ____. The interior of the dish is ____ in diameter, and with the domed lid, offers about ___ of height when covered. Perfect for a random assortment of change, beads, and lots of other trinkets. Or, you can leave it empty and just pick up the lid every now and then to admire the incredible grain on both of these pieces!

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