Sprint to Finish #1: good results in good time

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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 09-15-2013 05:10 PM 1079 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a jewelry box project for my Daughter’s 22 birthday at the end of the month. Due to the time I spent trying to plan this out, I didn’t get to start until the second week of August. I spent time with concepts in Sketchup and was going to get crazy with an octagon box, but I am glad I moved past that now.

The two of us spent a Saturday morning running around town so I asked if she would mind a quick stop by my favorite wood supplier (Peachstate Lumber)

In a around-about way I got her to help me pick out the wood I would use for this project without her knowing that was what I was after.

We selected a beautiful piece of padauk (ok, that was more my choice) and Zebra wood.

I have never worked with zebra wood before. It is a little too stripe-ish for me so I worked to find a way to make it work in this design.

I started with the lid in a mitered frame of a single piece of zebra wood. Framed in a dramatically grained piece of padauk.

One idea I had was to center this project on a single brass ‘S’ (for Sallie):

However the brass gets lost in the zebra wood, so that wasn’t going to work. I had to shelf this idea.

I went with joining the zebra and padauk together for the side boards.

Here I am looking at a rough idea of how this would turn out:

(continued in next blog entry)

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 05:26 PM

I would have not paired those two woods, but they look great here.
Design on the Go. I love it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 01:00 AM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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