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A Hand Dovetailed Black Walnut Jewelry Box

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 11-07-2010 10:42 PM 1620 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist…1879 – 1955.

Black walnut Jewelry Box with dovetails

One weekend a while back while in the shop I came across a few pieces of scrap black walnut that had some beautiful grain patterns. Before long I began to think about how I could maximize the amount of material that was available. The walnut was just over 3/4” thick and the next thing I knew I was ripping the wood to a thickness of about 7/16” on the band saw. For some reason I ran the pieces through the planer just to see how the grain looked and to my amazement I started to get more involved with this wonderfully beautiful black walnut.

After squaring a few ends I found myself laying out dovetails. I figured it would be a good practice and so I grabbed my dovetail saw and then before long I had my chisels paring away walnut for the fitting of tails and pins. To tell you the truth I had no idea that I was beginning to build another jewelry box. It’s as if one step of the process was leading me towards the next step. It was an unconscious act tho and I was going along for the ride. The next thing I knew I had the four corners dovetailed.

Jewelry Box of black walnut with handmade dovetails

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 11:09 PM

Nice lil box!

It’s fun to hand cut’em once in awhile isn’t it?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 11:16 PM

Nice looking box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 11:31 PM

Joe…Thanks! This turned out to be just a fun project.

Beginningwoodworker…Thanks for taking a look and for your support. The walnut grain is alive…really pretty!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 02:02 AM

Bob, this is a beautiful box. Walnut is such a gorgeous wood and it was great that you “listened’ to the wood and let it decide what your project was going to be.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 02:09 AM

Well for a guy that was “unconscious” you do nice work. Good job.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 03:57 AM

Scott…The walnut spoke softly just giving enough clues for the next step. Thanks!

Howie…Maybe it’s best to work in an “unconscious” state. It was an enjoyable moment and I look forward to more of these. Thanks much!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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