About Gingrass Studio

David Gingrass is a Professional Chef with a career spanning more than four decades. His fascination with and love of all things natural, hand-made, and beautiful allows him to view his work as both a vocation and an avocation.

Building and woodworking has been a hobby for most of Gingrass’ life starting with a tree house at age 9. Gingrass Studio offers a platform to purchase from his growing collection of hand-crafted wood objects. Visit his Etsy store at www.GingrassStudio.etsy.com


Business Card Boxes
Figured Soft Maple Box, Bubinga Top Figured Hard Maple Box, Bubinga Top Figured Hard Maple Box, Elm Burl Top
Sold Sold $25
Int. Dims. 3.5″ x 2.25″ x 2.25″ tall Int. Dims. 3.5″ x 2.25″ x 2.25″ tall Int. Dims. 3.5″ x 2.25″ x 2.25″ tall
Ext. Dims4.25″ x 3.125″ x 2.75″ tall Ext. Dims4.25″ x 3.125″ x 2.75″ tall Ext. Dims4.25″ x 3.125″ x 2.75″ tall
Weight 6.5 oz. Weight 5.6 oz. Weight 5.6 oz.
HBCB.1.1 HBCB.1.3 HBCB.1.5
Figured Soft Maple Box, Bubinga Top Figured Hard Maple Box, Bubinga Top Birdseye Maple Box, Bubinga Top
Sold Sold Sold
Int. Dims. 3.5″ x 2.25″ x 2.25″ tall Int. Dims. 3.5″ x 2.25″ x 2.25″ tall Int. Dims.  2.2.” x 2″ x 3.25″ tall
Ext. Dims4.25″ x 3.125″ x 2.75″ tall Ext. Dims4.25″ x 3.125″ x 2.75″ tall Ext. Dims 3.375″ x 3.175″ x 4.375″ tall
Weight 5.6 oz. Weight 5.6 oz. Weight 7.25 oz.
HBCB.1.2 HBCB.1.4 VBCB.1.1
Small Boxes
Curly Maple Box, Paduk Lift Top & Splines Spalted Pecan Top, Bocote Box Curly Maple Box, Maple Burl Top, Wenge Trim
Sold Sold Sold
Int. Dims. 5.875″ x 3.375″ x 3″ tall Int. Dims. 5″ x 3.25″ x 2.175″ tall Int. Dims. 6.75″ x 2.75″ x 2.5″ tall
Ext. Dims 7.25″ x 4.75″ x 4.25″ tall Ext. Dims. 5.675″ x 3.75″ x 2.75″ Ext. Dims 7.375″ x 3.25″ x 3.375″ tall
Weight 27.5 oz. Weight 12.3 oz. Weight 13.75 oz.
SB.1.0.1 SB.1.1.1 SB.2.0.0
Curly Maple Box, Panel Paduk Top & Splines Spalted Pecan Top, Bocote Box
Sold $50
Int. Dims. 6.375″ x 2.875″ x 2.5″ tall Int. Dims. 4 15/16″ x 3 11/16″ x 1 3/4″ Int. Dims.
Ext. Dims 7.375″ x 3.875″ x 3.375″ tall Ext. Dims 5 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ x 2 1/2″ Ext. Dims
Weight 17 oz. Weight 10 oz. Weight
SB.2.0.1 SB.1.1.2 and 3
Medium Boxes
Curly Maple Humidor, Spalted Burl Top,  Holds 18 Churchill Size Cigars Curly Soft Maple Box, Spalted Burl Top Curly Soft Maple Box, Spalted Burl Top
Sold Sold Sold
Int. Dims. 7.25″ x 4.5″ x 3″ tall Int. Dims. 5″ x 3.25″ x 2.175″ takk Int. Dims. 5″ x 3.25″ x 2.175″ takk
Ext. Dims. 8″ x 5.375″ x 5.25″ tall 5.675″ x 3.75″ x 2.75″ 5.675″ x 3.75″ x 2.75″
Weight 34 oz. Weight 12.3 oz. Weight 12.3 oz.
MB.2.1.1.H MB.2.1.2 MB.2.1.3
Curly Maple Box, Burl Top, Wenge Tray & Trim Curly Maple Box, Burl Top, Burl Handle, Walnut Tray Reclaimed Redwood Box, Redwood Burl Top
SOLD Sold Sold
Int. Dims. 5″ x 3.25″ x 2.175″ takk Int. Dims. 6″ x 6″ x 4.5″ Tall Int. Dims. 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 3″ Tall
5.675″ x 3.75″ x 2.75″ Ext. Dims. 6.675″ x 6.675″ x 5″ Tall Ext. Dims. 9.375″ x 5.25″ x 4″ Tall
Weight Weight 25 oz. Weight 20 oz.
24 oz. MB.2.2.2 MB.2.2.3
Curly Maple Box, Spalted Burl Top, Burl Handle
Int. Dims. 5.375″ x 5.375″ x 4″ Tall
Ext. Dims. 6.125″ x 6.125″ x 5.375″ Tall
Weight 26 oz.
Large Boxes
Reclaimed Teak, Bocote top, Inset Box Curly Maple, Quilted Blackline Spalt Maple Top Lacewood, Quilted Blackline Spalt Maple Top
$150 $180 $250
Int. Dims. 12″ x 5 7/8″ x 6″ Int. Dims. 14″ x 9 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Int. Dims. 17 3/4″ x 9 5/8″ x 5 3/4″
Ext. Dims. 13″ x 7 1/16″ x 6 7/8″ tall Ext. Dims 14 5/8″ x 10 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ Ext. Dims 18 3/4″ x 9 5/8″ x 7″
Weight 6 lbs. 8 oz. Weight 4lbs. 3 oz. Weight 9 lbs. 8 1/2 zo.
LB.1.1 LB.1.2 LB.1.3
Jewelry Boxes
Bubinga and Curly Maple Jewelry Box Zebrawood Valet Box
$450.00 $200.00
Nine drawers Five drawers Int. Dims.
Ext. Dims 10 7/8″ x 8 1/2″ x 20 1/4″ Ext. Dims 15″ x 10 1/2″ x 8 5/8″ Ext. Dims
18 lbs. 6 oz. 13 lbs. 14 oz. Weight
JB.1.0 JB.2.0
African Mahogany and Maple Cutting Board Maple Tray Maple Tray
$45 $25 $35
Int. Dims. N/A Int. Dims. 17.375″ x 4.675″ 1.5″ Tall Int. Dims. 13.25″ x 13.25″ 1.5″ Tall
Ext. Dims. 11.5″ x 8.5″ x 1″ thick Ext. Dims. 18.375″ x 5.675″ x 1.75″ Tall Ext. Dims.14.25″ x 14.25″ x 1.75″ Tall
Weight 2 lbs. 8 oz. Weight 1 lbs. 15 oz. Weight 3 lbs. 10 oz.
CB.1.0 WT. 1.0 WT. 1.1
Maple Tray
Int. Dims. 18.25″ x 13.25″ 1.5″ Tall Int. Dims. Int. Dims.
19.25″ x 14.25″ x 1.75″ Tall Ext. Dims Ext. Dims
Weight 3 lbs. 12 oz. Weight Weight
WT. 1.3

Custom Wood Box Orders

This is the companion site to www.GingrassStudio.etsy.com
Use the information on this site to develop your custom box order from Gingrass Studio.


Custom Box Orders
Gingrass Studio will make wooden boxes to your specifications from one box to fifty. There are numerous options to consider before ordering your box or boxes. Popular options are listed below with photos to illustrate each one.

First is size. I need to know the exact interior dimensions that you would like your box or boxes to have inside.

Wood Thickness
I am happy to suggest how thick you might want your box sides and top to be, or you can tell me what you want.

Method of Joinery
I currently offer simple rabbet joints, miter joints, and box joints.

Type of Top

A Simple Drop-in Top

A Simple Lift-off Top

Lift-off Top with matching trim

Stopped Brass Hinges


Decorative Trim
Wood splines in a contrasting color wood are a very simple and attractive addition. Wood corner trims, also in a contrasting color wood add a finished look to the boxes. Full trim around all twelve edges of the box in a contrasting wood is the most decorative trim.

Wood Inlay
Tops can be inlaid with contrasting wood, including burl wood or Spalted burl wood.


Corners can be perfectly square, cut at 45 degrees, decoratively shaped, or rounded. Radius and ogee rounds from 1/8” to ½”. Chamfer up to 45% of wood thickness. Other shapes by special arrangement.

Chamfer bottom.


Bottom Treatment
By default, the bottom is lacquered. Cedar wood liner and chocolate brown ultra-suede also available. Leather  lners by special arrangement.

Cedar lined box for cigars

Brown Ultra-suede bottom treatment.

Interior trays add functionality to the box and increase storage area. Cedar lining for clothes boxes and humidors are also popular.

Custom box production begins with a set of pre-production prep steps before production can begin. After all your options have been chosen, I will set it up:

  • I will render the box in a three-dimensional drawing then calculate the amount of materials that the project will require.
  • For all boxes, including a single box, I will first make a test box to determine the exact size and milling required for each part of the box.
  • The set-up charge is $50.00 regardless of the number of boxes ordered, plus the cost to ship the test box to you for approval.

The cost of the wood is determined by the volume of wood (expressed in board feet i.e. 12” x 12” x 1”) multiplied by cost per board foot with a 10% allowance for error.

Standard finish is lacquer. For many hard woods, I suggest a layer of oil before the lacquer to accentuate the grain and figure. Oily woods like teak and mahogany do not take oil well. A polyurethane finish, although much more time-consuming to apply, provides additional protection from heat and moisture.

Labor for milling, shaping, assembling, sanding, and finishing is billed at $50.00 per hour.

Shipping is calculated using USPS rate tables based on size, weight, and distance.

Wood Options

Wood Options


Species: Anigre   Aningeria spp.

Anigre is an African hardwood somtimes referred to as white wenge. The heartwood ranges from a creamy brown to a salmon pink. Quartered anigre is highly coveted for its exceptional figure.

Ash, Eastern


Species: Ash, Eastern   Fraxinus americana

This fine cabinet hardwood is medium in texture, is easy to work and to finish, and is one of the most popular species for cabinetry and furniture, both domestically and abroad.

Birch, Natural

Species: Birch, Natural   Betula alleghaniensis

Birch is one of the most important hardwoods in the world because of its singular beauty, its strength and fine even texture. Our domestic Birch, from the northeastern United States, is beautiful in grain and color and offers the additional advantage of longer lengths than are available in Oriental Birch.


Species: Bocote   Cordia spp.

Bocote, which comes from Mexico and Central America, is colored greenish yellow to golden brown with dark stripes. Often highly figured with “eyes.” Hard and heavy. Appears oily with a medium luster. Takes a natural polish.


Species: Bubinga   Guibourtia spp.

This West African hardwood is also known as African Rosewood. Color varies from red to brown or violet with streaks or lines of dark purple. Moderately hard and heavy, medium textured with somewhat wavy grain. Works with ease and takes a lustrous finish.


Species: Canarywood   Centrolobium spp

We like to call this the rainbow wood! Contrary to its name, which may suggest a pale yellow color, a true Canarywood has a heartwood that varies a great amount. Whether it be an orange, a brown or even a purple, Canarywood boasts many bold and striking shades.

Cherry, Eastern

Species: Cherry, Eastern   Prunus serotina

The close even texture and beauty of Cherry have made it synonymous with fine furniture since colonial times. Although grown in widely separated areas of the world, our own American Black Cherry is matchless for quality.


Species: Cocobolo   Dalbergia retusa

Boards in these lumber packs are typically 2 to 3 feet long.

Harvested in the Pacific Regions of Central America, extending from Southern Mexico to Panama. Color varies from a deep rich orange-red with black striping or mottle figure, has a “cinnamon-like” odor.


Species: Hickory/Pecan   Carya illinoensis

Pecan/Hickory is a close-grained hardwood, used for furniture and wall paneling. The heartwood is reddish-brown with occasional darker streaks and the sapwood is creamy white. Pecan/Hickory grows from the Mississippi River Valley North through Illinois.


Species: Lacewood   Cardwellia sublimes or Euplassa pinnata

From two primary sources, Australia and South America Lacewood is referred to as “Silky” Oak, however not related to Oak. Lacewood is light pinkish tan with a silvery-pink sheen. Quarter-sliced to yield the flaky grain character. Moderately heavy and hard.

Mahogany, African

Species: Mahogany, African   Khaya ivorensis

This tropical African hardwood resembles Genuine Mahogany and is often substituted. Color varies from light to deep reddish-brown.

Maple, White Hard

Species: Maple, Eastern Hard   Acer saccharum

Maple needs no introduction as it has long been one of our most popular hardwoods. Also known as “Sugar Maple,” this fine white stock is selected especially for lack of mineral streaks.  Also available in Curly, Quilted and Birdseye Maple.


Species: Padauk   Pterccarpus soyauxii

Central and West Tropical Africa, also called camwood. Heartwood is a vivid orange-red, toning down to dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure.

Sycamore, Quarter Sawn

Species: Sycamore   Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore produces a stable, very attractive flake figure when quartersawn. A favorite for butcherblocks since it does not impart taste, odor or stain to a substance that comes in contact with it.


Species: Walnut, Eastern Black   Juglans nigra

Walnut has a beautiful grain, rich brown in color, and a hard, smooth texture. Moderately heavy, very strong for its weight and exceptionally stable, it is our finest domestic furniture wood.

Walnut, California ‘Claro’

Species: Walnut, California ‘Claro’   Juglans hindsi

The wood of Juglans hindsi is commonly called Claro Walnut by the lumber industry and woodworkers.   It is highly figured with a rich brown color and striking grain patterns, especially in the crotch areas, where large limbs meet the trunk.  It is used in small quantities to make fine furniture and gun stocks, and sold as slabs to make large natural-top tables because of its durability, good working properties, and swirling iridescent figure.


Species: Wenge   Millettia laurentii

Imported from the Republic of the Congo, Wenge is dark brown with fine close blackish veining. Machines well to a smooth finish. Hard and heavy, with a coarse texture.


Species: Zebrawood   Microberlinia brazzavillensis

Imported from Western Africa, Zebrawood produces a pronounced striped figure with quarter sawn. Color is of pale yellow-brown with narrow darker streaks.


US Mail:   PO Box 211, Napa, CA  94559-0211

Email:       david@davidgingrass.com

Phone:    415.706.2120