Watch box

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Project by GRegghead posted 12-07-2014 01:30 AM 1330 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this watch box earlier this year for my brother’s birthday. He has a vintage Omega watch so I thought he should have a nice home for it when it’s not on his wrist.

Made from a 4/4 walnut board resawn to 10mm. Other than using my tablesaw to resaw the board, the only power tool used was for the final sanding after planing and scraping. This was my first shot at an inlay so it was pretty slow going. I started with printing out the Omega symbol and sticking to a thin piece of walnut to cut out with a coping saw. I wanted a subtle inlay effect so that’s why I went with walnut on walnut, I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

Interior is leather wrapped around some cedar so as not to be too heavy. I cut the middle piece to match the curve of a leather watch strap that has formed to the wrist. Catch is two rare earth magnets embedded in the lid and front.

Finished with danish oil as I don’t expect heavy use, and I wanted the natural beauty of the walnut to shine through.

As with any project I might do things differently if I did it over again, but I’m happy with how it turned out and more importantly my brother is happy!

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 04:10 AM

Nice job. Do you make jewelry boxes as well?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 04:32 PM

Nicely done. I particularly like the interior. Neat and attractive. Nice use of the wood, and the quadrant hinges are a nice fit for the box. The dovetails and lift work well on this box. In all, I like your box a lot.

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

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 08:56 PM

Very nice little box. I love the look of the interior and it looks like it fits the watch like a glove. Great work!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 02:02 AM

Thanks for the kind words. The interior is unique as far as I know, I got the idea when looking at my watch sitting on a flat surface and how the strap was curved.

2436, no I haven’t made a jewelry box yet. I’m still relatively new to woodworking and am a bit challenged for workspace living in an apartment, so my output of projects isn’t very high.

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 12:53 AM

Beautiful watch box! The walnut on walnut inlay is understated elegance!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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