Jewelry Box. Krenov Style

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Project by mds2 posted 08-26-2014 02:27 PM 1656 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the philosophy and style of woodworking that James Krenov brought to the world. I am inspired every time I read one of his books or see a picture of something he made. I love the process of picking the perfect piece of wood, arranging it so show its natural beauty, and working wood with my hands.

I had a small piece of hackberry given to me about a year ago by a sawyer friend and recently I has given a couple hackberry logs. I had the logs cut into boards and they are currently drying in a solar kiln that I built. I figured while I was waiting for the new boards to dry I would make something out of the small piece, to see how it worked.

This box was built on the fly with no specific design in mind. I made design decisions when I came across them, and overall I am happy with how the box turned out. The leather hinges were a little bit of a challenge, and aren’t quite as sturdy as I hoped they’d be. Also I REALLY wanted to curve the inside of the door, but I do not have a round bottom plane.

Every bit of this box, with the exception of the hinge screws, was made by hand by me. It is hackberry, ash, lacewood, and leather. Finished with Tung Oil Finish and wax.

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 02:33 PM

I really like this box. It’s very nice.

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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#2 posted 08-26-2014 02:35 PM

Those lacewood drawers are perfect.

-- Jimmy

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 02:36 PM

What a gem! love the contrast between the lacewood and ash/hackberry.

-- Miles

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 02:59 PM

Nice- I like the lace wood drawer fronts too.

There’s a method for coving that uses 2 guides (boards) clamped on a table saw at an angle. I haven’t tried it but it’s out there.

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 03:46 PM

Nice- I like the lace wood drawer fronts too.

There s a method for coving that uses 2 guides (boards) clamped on a table saw at an angle. I haven t tried it but it s out there.

- calisdad

I am familiar with this technique. I did not use it because I wanted everything to be done by hand on this box.

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 07:28 PM

Great looking project. Krenov is an inspiration to me as well.
For the lid achisel plane takes about1/2 hour to make incase you wantto go backto the project in the future.
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 07:48 PM

What a great looking box. You can tell you put lots of love into making it. Thanks for sharing with us

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 08:00 PM

luv the hinges & little drawers and the seat of the pants design :-)

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 08:03 PM

Speaking of “seat of the pants” the drawer pulls and hinges were made from my old belt.

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#10 posted 08-27-2014 01:33 AM

Truely in the Krenov style and very well done ,the dovetails are exellent .
If you would like a little info on leather hinges I have done take a look at some of my boxes for which I have several shapes and am very please with how they work .
Here are a few examples .
The biggest thing that I have lerned is to keep the distance of the case to the lid or door as short as possible .


-- Kiefer 松

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#11 posted 08-27-2014 05:17 AM

Very interesting box, I see you like to make planed so why not build a Krenov Coopering plane.
You can check out Inside Passage in Roberts Creek B.C. Most of his tools are located there now, School based on his work and Head Craftsman studied under Krenov.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 08-27-2014 05:46 AM

Beautiful box. Dovetails outside and on drawers looks realy nice. I like rounded front.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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