Marblewood & Padauk jewelry Box

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Project by Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor posted 60 days ago 2083 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed this commission piece for a client that was at JazzFest in New Orleans a few weeks ago.
13×10x5.5” and lined with gator leather. I made the dividers using mini-dovetail joints for added visual appeal. I doubt that regular dado joints would come unglued but I always like the little extra steps that add to the quality.

The finish is 7 coats of spray lacquer that is buffed out with the Beall Buffing System.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#1 posted 60 days ago

Very Nice Greg, I am wondering though, are the holes in the dividers just for looks?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 60 days ago

Very beautiful work. Beautiful wood.

-- 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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#3 posted 60 days ago

Wow, very nice project. Love the marble wood figure and grain. Your skills with boxes are the best.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 60 days ago

Randy…Thanks…! the holes in the dividers make it easier for fingers to grab to lift out the trays.

Monte…thanks…the marblewood has such a beautimous grain and combines well with the Padauk.

CalgaryGeoff…I find that the more I sand the marblewood the more of the fine grain seems to show up and it polishes really well.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#5 posted 60 days ago


Bigger than your average boxes. Great that you got a commission while there!

Nice details on the inside.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 60 days ago

standing ovation…its a real classy box, i love all the details, the holes for a good grip and th joinery, you know for sure it will hold..and of course the wood, number 1 in my book…and oh that leather, top notch….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 60 days ago

Fantastic Greg! Always a pleasure to view your very finely crafted wares. This one is, well, I say that about every one o your boxes…. Awesome my friend, just awesome!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 60 days ago

Another winner Greg. I love it. Dual trays and a great lining. It screams quality. You just keep banging out great boxes!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#9 posted 60 days ago

Another beauty! That marblewood looks a lot like spalted wood. The mini dovetails add some class to the dividers. Do you have a smaller than usual dovetail bit or?

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

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#10 posted 60 days ago

What a fantastic box and great wood choice! What, exactly, is the red(ish) material on the bottom that looks like gator skin? I really want to find something like this! What a great choice for lining the bottom!

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#11 posted 59 days ago

Great work as always

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 59 days ago

Beautiful box, Greg! Just saw Marblewood in person for the first time a few days ago. It pairs well with the Padauk. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 59 days ago

Wow, what an amazing box Greg, the Marblewood is beautiful and with the contrast in colour in the Padauk and your sculpting makes for a stunning box…awesome.

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

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#14 posted 59 days ago

I am seriously jealous of those liners. Man they look good.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#15 posted 59 days ago

Fantastic work as always. You OWN this style.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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