Inlaid Box

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Project by jmartel posted 86 days ago 843 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, my mother asked me to make her a box that she could give as a gift. Her boss, who is Jewish, was extremely gracious with not charging her sick time or vacation for when she couldn’t work due to going through Chemo. Now that she is done with the Chemo, my mom wanted to give her this as a token of thanks. It’s the Hebrew symbol Chai, which stands for life I’m told.

The inlay was cut using the bevel method with an X-acto knife.

The character is Fiddleback Anigre, the background is Walnut Burl, and there is a solid cherry border. Body of the box is maple. Finish is Deft Lacquer thinned and sprayed with a HVLP gun, and sanded to 2000 grit.

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#1 posted 86 days ago

Lookin sweet bud! Diggin that walnut burl

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#2 posted 86 days ago

That is a fine looking box with a nice and thoughtful touch .
I am sure he will appreciate it a lot and know he is appreciated also for his kindness .

-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 86 days ago

Great work on that inlay !....Finely crafted !....Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 86 days ago

Looks great.

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#5 posted 86 days ago

Nice looking box.
The knife work looks good and the veneer choice is excellent.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 86 days ago

Looks great!

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#7 posted 86 days ago

Looks great. I hope your mom is doing better.

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#8 posted 86 days ago

Love the wood combinations JM. The inlay work youre doing with venners is really nice bud.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 86 days ago

Beautiful looking box and nice wood choices. The inlay on the lid is excellent….great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#10 posted 86 days ago

Awesome work man, the inlay looks great and I really dig the walnut burl you chose for the top

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#11 posted 86 days ago

It looks really nice and a wonderful gesture.


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#12 posted 86 days ago

Beautiful job JMart. You are getting good at this. Boss should love it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 86 days ago

Very beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#14 posted 86 days ago

Nice work.

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#15 posted 86 days ago

It’s a beautiful box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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