Christmas present Jewelry Box #1

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Project by Longcase posted 11-30-2014 10:40 PM 1885 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have taken time off from the marquetry boxes to make a couple of jewelry box Christmas presents.
This one is for the daughter -in-law. ( I am quite certain she does not check out Lumberjocks ).
The style and plans were taken straight out of Andrew Crawford’s book “Fine decorative boxes”
These boxes are built out of solid maple with miter dovetail joints, the lid top and base are plywood.
The veneer is fiddleback Makore bought from B@B Rare woods .
The banding is made up from Yellowheart, coralwood ,sycamore and black dyed veneer the edging is holly.
Hinges are from Andrew Crawford and the lock Lee Valley.
Lining is cotton velvet .

I enjoyed making these boxes, the construction and laying of the veneers went quite well, but I did have trouble getting good tight fits on the banding corners ( I used a shooting board ) and am still not totally happy with them.

After attended a French polishing course a few weeks back at Lee Valley I felt confident enough to give it a try on these projects , ( thank you Marcus Dominelli ) overall I think the finish turned out quite well for a first attempt and will be using it often in the future.

Thank you for looking.

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#1 posted 11-30-2014 10:49 PM

Jaw dropping attention to detail. You put the ‘fine’ into fine woodworking.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 11-30-2014 10:58 PM

Nicely done indeed!

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

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#3 posted 11-30-2014 11:04 PM

that is a very beautifully done box. The veneer, banding and inlay are outstanding.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 01:22 AM

Beautiful box – well done!

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

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 02:30 AM

Excellent Keith. Once you get the hang of French polishing, you will never go back.
Looks really fine for a first (or any) attempt.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 02:36 AM

Nice job. I’ve got a pair of boxes that are almost the same design I’m working on myself right now.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 02:42 AM

Very nice box and excellent work with the banding.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 12-01-2014 03:57 AM

Sweet inlay!!! Really nicely done on a difficult job. After woodworking for all of this time, it is inlay that still impresses me the most. Did you make the banding?

By the way, would it be worth my money to buy Crawford’s book? I am always looking to learn more.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#9 posted 12-01-2014 05:52 PM


-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#10 posted 12-01-2014 06:49 PM

You really did a fine job on this box.

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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#11 posted 12-01-2014 10:06 PM

Beautiful work!


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#12 posted 12-01-2014 10:16 PM

Gorgeous! Lucky DIL.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 12-02-2014 02:37 AM

Tremendous detail and finish. Great job Keith!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#14 posted 12-02-2014 03:34 AM


Your box is spectacular! Your daughter-in-law will have a treasure that is certain to become an heirloom.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 12-02-2014 04:07 PM

Thank you for the encouraging remarks.

Unclestumpy, Alan Crawford’s book would be a good investment if you are looking to “decorate” your boxes, he also explains the tools he uses to achieve the beautiful boxes that he makes.
Yes, I did make the banding, once again explained in the book.
Hope this helps

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