Knot anymore...

I was struggling to come up with something different and unique. I had some Osage Orange or Hedge Apple as some call it. I really like the way it looks when first finished, but it eventually turns a light brown. This wood is very hard and just makes a mess in the shop, but it looks so cool and was an interesting and fun build.

The wood had cracks and loose knots I had to work around. I cut out the knots with my scroll saw and then used a router to make a pocket behind the knot to hold the Bocote. I used a round over bit to ease the edges of the knot holes.

The liner to cover up the Bocote was out of hard Maple. 

I used my bandsaw to cut the curves in the center part of the top and wrapped it with Walnut. The curved part that hangs through the frame of the top registers it to the box opening.

I used a Bocote accent on a piece of Osage Orange and beveled it to form the handle.
The floor of the box is covered with brown leather.
A bevel on the bottom makes the box appear to float above the table. Finished up with clear satin lacquer, my logo coin and leather buttons to prevent scratches.

Thanks for looking.

.................. John D....................


thats a pretty cool look, and unique john.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks bud.

.................. John D....................

Nice idea!
Make use of those really "naughty" boards. Neat thing is the grain naturally wraps around those knot holes so having the void doesn't look out of place or "forced".

thats a nice way to fix it GR8 JOB 😍😎👍


Nicely done. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Real nice. I like working Osage.
This is so unique!  Love it!  I agree that the knot fills just flow along the grain so they  add to the interest in a way that fits the piece.  What are the approximate dimensions?
Great looking, love the grain and the knots and the use of both in the design of the  box.  
Well done.


That's definitely different and unique! I like it. What can you tell me about logo coins?

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Great job of turning a defect into a feature! I also like all the nice touches—the handle, the curved lid projection, and the beveled base. That Osage Orange is striking.
Thanks Bruce, I followed the grain as much as possible.

Thank you Tony, I liked the looks of this wood too much to toss it out.

Thanks Ryan.

I appreciate that Gary. I like the way it looks, but it turns my shop yellow. 

Thanks Barb, it measures 4.75” x 6” and 4.5” tall 

Thank you Ron.

I appreciate that Steven. 
My reference to “logo coin” is what I call my logo engraved in a coin shaped piece of wood that I put on the bottom of all my projects.

Thanks Ron, very nice of you to say.

.................. John D....................

What a pretty box. Well done and quite a creative way to deal with knots. I may have to try this. 
Very, very interesting use of solid timber - must remember!!  Great combination of timber colours.  
Thanks, John!

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Thank you Jeff, that would be great, give it a go.

Martin thanks for the compliment.

You're welcome Steven.

.................. John D....................

Very well done Awesome!  I really like the design...


Great idea.

Box is very cool


Nice bunch of dodges to get around some imperfect stock John. The box is a joy to look at.

One of my all time favorite pieces of work was a footlocker sized chest with one entire corner gone to a huge knot, and backfilled with dark stock. It was an online post from a long while back, and I can't even remember which forum it was on, but it was a killer piece.
I keep knotty cut off pieces but I had no idea what to do with them. The box is very creative and beautiful. I'm inspired! Thank you.

No name noobie here

John that is a beautiful piece, well done and great ideas for something new.

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