Book Jewelry Box

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-13-2014 12:56 AM 2498 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granddaughter is graduating from the University of Idaho tomorrow with her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition. I wanted to make her something that was emblematic of her time at the university and it seemed that books were an essential part of her life for the last 3 1/2 years. So, I made her a jewelry box that resembled a pair of stacked books when closed.

I made the bottom book from birch and applied a cherry stain to the spine and covers for contrast to the pages. I made the top book’s spine and covers out of cedar and stained them cherry with the pages made out of birch. The fret work is purple heart as is the initial “C”. The whole assembly is finished with tree coats of high gloss lacquer.

It has been awhile since I have been in the shop. It felt good to get back to some woodworking. Thanks for looking.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 12:58 AM

Beautiful box, Lee. what a great gift!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 01:13 AM

Thank you Jim. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 01:14 AM

What a beautiful Jewelry Box Lee. I really like how you made it look like a set of book’s, Very different and good looking even when it’s open. Love the contrasting woods. A super nice gift, I would love to see her face when she sees this gem of a jewelry box. Get your camera out!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 01:34 AM

You knocked it out of the park with this box Lee. What a perfect gift to a young lady starting out in life.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 02:10 AM

Great job! I’m sure she will love and treasure your thoughtful gift—an heirloom for sure.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 12-13-2014 02:15 AM

I bet it is also your own design! Fantastic!

We really would like to see the picture of her face when she opens it!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 12-13-2014 03:27 AM

Excellent buddy. I can not believe she is through already. Definitely a gift to remember.

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#8 posted 12-13-2014 04:06 AM

Nice design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 12-13-2014 06:11 AM

Thank you Tony, Larry, John, Mike, and Tyvekboy for your kind words.
ralbuck, thanks, the design was mine but the book concept has been around for a while.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 12-13-2014 07:07 AM

That is a really awesome project. I bet it becomes one of her most prized possessions. Nice job as always buddy!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 12-13-2014 12:17 PM

Beautiful gift! I admire your skill. Book/box looks great especialy those dar wood decorations on top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-13-2014 12:29 PM

That is really a beautiful gift Lee. Nice work

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#13 posted 12-13-2014 01:11 PM

What a great idea. I like the scroll work and how it stands out in color. You did a nice job on this and your granddaughter will appreciate this for a long time.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 12-13-2014 01:33 PM

Way nice Lee. Your Grndaughter will surely luv it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 12-13-2014 01:34 PM

Great job on your book box Lee. The detail is is very eye catching along wit the color and grain. A true book of love.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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