Tiger Maple and Crotch Walnut Box

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 04-19-2014 03:07 PM 1823 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little jewelry box I made for the LOML for her birthday. Nice thing was that all of the material I used came from the scrap pile! I’ve been saving some nicely figured cutoffs for some time and the birthday was a good opportunity to use it up. The maple was dyed using a dye stain to pop the figure and then coated with danish oil and wax. Please give feedback if you feel so inclined.

-- All in or give in.

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 03:09 PM

This is a great gift ,super woods and very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 04-19-2014 03:27 PM

Very nicely done Jeff. I really like the colors. Nice job on the interior as well.


-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#3 posted 04-19-2014 04:19 PM

Nice work. Well done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 04-19-2014 05:24 PM

That maple is gorgeous, and contrasts nice with the walnut. I was curious if you have anything reinforcing those miter joints. I don’t see any keys, but maybe you have splines in there?

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#5 posted 04-19-2014 05:26 PM

Also, can I ask what hinges you used? I just wrapped up a somewhat similar box and want to use butt hinges like that.

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#6 posted 04-19-2014 05:35 PM

Very attractive box, fine craftsmanship, thanks for sharing it.

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#7 posted 04-19-2014 05:46 PM

bit101 There are hidden splines in there. Although I considered not putting any in. It’s really not necessary for a jewelry box in my opinion. The hinges are Brusso hinges from Lee Valley. They have a built in stop. Really nice to work with.

-- All in or give in.

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#8 posted 04-19-2014 06:15 PM

That is one nice looking box

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#9 posted 04-19-2014 07:40 PM

That maple is too cool for wood school! The minimalist approach fits well, accentuating the grain of the wood quite well.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#10 posted 04-19-2014 08:03 PM

Fantastic work.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#11 posted 04-20-2014 12:30 AM

Beautiful woods and great craftsmanship = a perfect gift.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 04-20-2014 12:33 AM

nicely done box, woods go together nicely also

-- Norman

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#13 posted 04-20-2014 02:00 AM

Jeff, this is a very nice job. I liked the contrast in wood. You have obviously mastered the techniques needed to build a nice box. The internals are well thought out, but I would have rounded over some of the tops to be easier on fingers. But then, I realized I round everything. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 04-20-2014 02:18 AM

very nicely done… love the wood figure

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#15 posted 04-20-2014 08:39 AM

We’ll done. You have chosen some beautiful wood.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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