Aspen and Wenge jewelry box with ink transferred photo on wood

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Project by LiveEdge posted 07-03-2014 07:57 PM 1196 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box for my wife for our twentieth anniversary this month. She hasn’t seen it yet. I haven’t made many boxes before. The wenge is finished with tung oil. Notice the light sections that came from cutting and sanding. I believe they will darken over time, but I actually enjoy them and wish they would stay. I thought the wenge and the aspen were nice contrasts. The photo is transferred by printing onto nonabsorptive paper and then pressing the paper to the wood. It took me a few times to get the technique down right.

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 10:56 PM

Nice work !

-- Travis Mangrum

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 05:52 PM

Hey great work,how does the ink transfer work?

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 05:59 AM

LE, nice job on the box. Wenge sawdust can be dangerous to your health…be cautious. That is a great picture. I like that you took time to make dividers and a drawer for the inside of the box. It makes the box much more useful. Routing over the edges of dividers makes them more finger friendly. Giving the tray its own rail to ride on means you can put items in the bottom that are larger than the dividers. In the spirit of sharing you might be interested in this idea a future box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 06:10 AM

Thanks for the tips boxguy. I use a full respirator no matter what wood I’m using, so I’m covered there. :). The ideas for your box are good and I’ll keep them in mind. Your link isn’t working though.

Ashe, google inkjet transfer onto wood and you’ll find lots of hits how to do it. After a little practice it isn’t hard.

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 07:10 AM

LE, another try on the link to divider tips. This linked worked when I tried it.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 07-05-2014 09:01 PM

You did a wonderful job on this box, love the interior dividers and the tray

-- Norman

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 02:54 PM

Love the box. Absolutely love it – and the photo made me tear up a little. Beautiful.

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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