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A Hand Dovetailed Black Walnut Jewelry Box

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 1360 days ago 1563 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 1360 days ago

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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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 1360 days ago

Nice looking box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bob Simmons

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#3 posted 1360 days ago

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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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1360 days ago

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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Howie

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#5 posted 1360 days ago

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

-- Life is good.

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Bob Simmons

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#6 posted 1360 days ago

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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