Cavetto Jewelry Box with Inlaid Flower and Butterfly

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Project by Rb12 posted 12-08-2014 01:49 PM 1354 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I put the finishing touches on a Christmas gift for my daughter. This is a cavetto styled top Jewelry Box so most of the work was done on the box top. The body is bubinga with the border and base edges made of cocobolo. I also hand made the cocobolo handle. There is a removable tray where I also duplicated the cocobolo edging.

As for the inlays, the gerber daisy is purple heart with a yellow heart center, the string inlays for the vines are maple and the butterfly is red heart, maple burl and wenge for the body.

I was inspired for the styling on this project by LumberJock pgraham with his projects like this one

The cavetto top was actually quite challenging to get everything to line up and look proper in the transition from the cocobolo to the bubinga. I also did non-contrasting interior splines on the box miters to reinforce them.

Finish is two coats of Danish Oil, a week of drying time and then two coats of shellac with 000 steel wool inbetween.

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 02:11 PM

Great inlay, and I love the corner detail!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 04:34 PM


-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 07:32 PM

Great inlay work, I dig it, and i’m sure she will love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 09:54 PM

looks nice – - any trouble with the purpleheart dust making bleeding onto the rest of the surface?

I had that issue with a purpleheart inlay in Cherry – - it was hard to get rid of the ‘lavender tint’ to the surface after sanding.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 07:57 AM

The box is great, inlay is beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-09-2014 01:28 PM

thx for the comments.

DrDirt, no, not on this project, although I have had that issue in the past… also with red heart. When I used to do inlays I would leave them proud and then use a belt or random orbital, sand them down. Not I leave them proud and use a handplane to get them level. I find it creates a much more flat, non-wavy surface and eliminates the excess of saw dust on the project. I will still use the ROS at the end, but to a much lesser level.

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