Walnut burl jewelry box

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Project by Eyal posted 110 days ago 1318 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was originally designed to be a cigar box, however I chose to use it as a jewelry box.
The wood is Walnut burl venner, the wood edging is maple. The lock is a half mortise lock, the escutcheon are from the box is lined with microsuede. The hinges are brusso but hinges.
I Started having an interest in woodworking about a year ago and chanced upon the lumberjocks website. Perusing at different projects, I developed an interest in making boxes. Boxes can be quite simple, are useful and make great gifts. I bought a sampling of box making books starting with “Basic Box making” by Doug Stowe, I made the simple “lift Lid Box”, and enjoyed making it.
Then one day as I was perusing lumberjocks I had the fortune of looking at one of the most beautiful boxes I had ever seen. Named the “Pepperwood burl writing box” by Roger Bean, it was simple yet sophisticated, elegant and masterfully executed. It is one of those pieces of furniture that take your breath away at first glance, then you take a closer look to determine why this box took your breath away in the first place, to discover all the details of the masterpiece.
I could not believe my good fortune to learn that I could purchase a documentary of how the box was created.
Upon purchasing the documentary I was crestfallen at first to discover that it did not contain detail cutting lists, exactly how to make the carcass with all the steps and details etc. (side note: this only applies to a woodworker with little or no experience, the documentary is actually the most comprehensive one out there for this type of box making style) being new to woodworking and only creating one piece as of yet, I did not have experience with basic knowledge of woodworking. My discouragement only lasted a moment as I resolved that come what may, I will learn and make this box.
I first needed to know how to construct a box. I was fortunate to chance upon it appeared that he had exactly what I needed. For a fee, I would have access to a step by step video demonstration of how to make a veneered cigar box. this jewelry box was made based of that project.
While I made this box, I purchased books and learned from online resources on how to use woodworking tools along with woodworking techniques.
At the same time, I read and reread Rogers, documentary and slowly pieced everything together. While it does not deal with basic veneering techniques, basic carcass techniques and cut lists, it does offer the most comprehensive instructions, techniques and photo guide in enough detail, so that a woodworker with basic experience can master the Pepperwood burl writing box. I purchased both of Andrew Crawford’s books on box making that outline and detail how to make this particular style and design as roger’s boxes are based off Andrews boxes . And while I am happy I purchased those books, and anyone interested in this style of box making these books are a must, they do not come close to the details afforded to you in Roger’s documentary.
So , I am looking forward to getting started on making the Pepperwood box and posting it on lumberjocks in the near future.

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#1 posted 110 days ago

I don’t know about the commercial but the box is alright.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#2 posted 110 days ago

Beautiful veneer. Very nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 110 days ago

Very impressive work, and you couldn’t have found a better mentor than Roger! The ebooks that he does are really very informative and I refer to them often.

Nicely done indeed.


-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#4 posted 110 days ago

Absolutely beautiful work!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 110 days ago

For someone new to box making, you certainly demonstrate the talent to become a fine box maker. When you can impress Brice, you’re doing well indeed. Nice use of the veneer, and I particularly like the layout of the trays. I will anxiously await your next posting. And BTW, many thanks for the kind words.

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

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#6 posted 110 days ago

That’s a pretty fancy box for a self-professed ‘beginner’. No better role model than Roger for aspiring boxmakers.

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

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#7 posted 110 days ago

Very nicely done box. Great selection of veneers and the inside lid book match looks perfect.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 110 days ago

Gorgeous box

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#9 posted 110 days ago

Beautiful box, great veneer and excellent work.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 110 days ago

That is a beautiful box indeed. I look forward to seeing your ” pepperwood ” box

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

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#11 posted 110 days ago

Very classy work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 109 days ago

wow, that is so beautiful, amazing work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#13 posted 109 days ago

It’s a beautiful piece. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 109 days ago

Beautiful box in every way!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 108 days ago

i appreciate all the comments and feedback. looking at the projects of people that left feedback, some of your work is stunning. Brice, the automated box is amazing, i am filing it away until my skills develop, then i will probably respectfully request you to make an E-book on it!

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