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Some Small Plum Jewelry Boxes

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Project by Roger Kimmel posted 08-20-2014 12:47 AM 1223 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a little kid, I used to pick plums from a tree at my grandparents’ house. I don’t know what Grandma did with them, but it made me feel like I was being such a good helper. About 40 years later, I passed the house and noticed that the tree was down to just one branch. I asked the owner of the house, Danny Walker, if he could save me a chunk or two when he took the tree down. About a year later, I got a chunk or two from his woodpile. The wood had annular regions of rot, which I have found later seems to be common in fruitwoods. I could only salvage enough to make lids for five small boxes. I made the sides from some curly cherry, from a tree that came down at my Mom’s house during an unseasonal October ice storm. I gave one to Danny, one to a cousin, one to each of my sisters, and I kept one for myself. The corners are mitered with keys, and the finish is Danish oil and paste wax. The lids are simple lift-off lids with some plum scraps as keepers. The keys and bottom are birch, also from Mom’s house.





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#1 posted 08-20-2014 08:17 AM

Nicely made boxes and a great moments.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 02:22 PM

Nicely done.
Roger

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

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 03:53 AM

Roger, great job. I like the narrow keys. The keepers for the lids are simple and do a nice job of aligning the sides and the ends…some people really hate hinges. The colors in the woods came out nicely with the oil. I llke the idea that all the wood comes from your families’ property. Wood with a story is the best. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 08-22-2014 01:35 AM



Roger, great job. I like the narrow keys. The keepers for the lids are simple and do a nice job of aligning the sides and the ends…some people really hate hinges. The colors in the woods came out nicely with the oil. I llke the idea that all the wood comes from your families property. Wood with a story is the best. Keep boxing and keep posting.

Thanks Al. I like the narrow keys because I resaw the wood for the sides so that I get four-corner matching grain. If I go to all that trouble to match the grain, I don’t want to have big keys obscuring the match. 1/8” keys would not be so bad on a bigger box, but on a small one, you lose a lot of the matching grain in the corner.

- Boxguy


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