Wood Magazine Jewelry Box

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Project by kcZ posted 12-20-2008 04:36 AM 7488 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here is another Christmas gift. Made from Curly Maple and Walnut. Plans are from Wood Magazine, not sure which issue though as I had to order the plans online because I am not a regular subscriber. The curl on the sides look great, I am not thoroughly impressed with the amount of curl on the top though. I may make a new top sometime down the line. I used this one because it did not require a glue up, but my more narrow pieces have alot more “pop” than this piece.

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#1 posted 12-20-2008 04:47 AM

That is some amazing Curly Maple.. and it goes perfect with the walnut.. very nice.. Don’t worry about the top, it has plenty of figure and a great grain pattern.

-- Scott, Colorado

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 12-20-2008 04:50 AM

I like the lines here. Whoever gets this will have a wonderful gift. Coupla questions, though – 1). Are the walnut accents just glue ups or are they drawer pulls? 2). What finish did you use?
I’d like to see some more pictures of this fine box.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 12-20-2008 05:31 AM

Walnut accents are glue ups, on the side. Drawer pulls are glued to the fronts. The breadboard ends and lip are glued in but not completely across to allow for wood movement. The finish is BLO, garnet shellac, followed by a few coats of blonde shellac. The shellac is drying as I type this message and the hinges are not installed. I will post some more pictures when complete but that will be a few days. I could not wait to get pictures of this up, It turned out really nice.

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 12-20-2008 06:00 AM

Very nice!!! I like the top. I think it gives it more stlye, by having a little different wood grain.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 12-20-2008 04:58 PM

I think you’ve made a great job of this box. The 2 timbers compliment each other really well.
Curl always shows more on the edge of boards and less in the middle – so when you use the centre of the board for the lid, and the edges for the sides, you get the effect you have here. It looks really good. We all tend to criticise ourselves far too much – its a great job, be proud of it.

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#6 posted 12-21-2008 12:15 AM

That top is drop dead gorgeous. I would leave it as is. It was meant to be there.

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#7 posted 12-21-2008 12:46 AM

Beautiful Jewelry box, The maple and the walnut look great together. Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 12-21-2008 02:51 AM

kcZ, this is a great looking box. I agree with Dennis, I like the top with a different grain.

Nice Job!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 01-24-2009 01:36 AM

I wouldn’t change the top…The thing I like most about Maple is the variety of grain patterns . I see what you mean about the difference in sides and top , but I wouldn’t consider it a flaw : ) Overall , she’s a real beauty !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 01-25-2009 07:45 PM

Just plain beautiful!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 09:34 PM

Nice job on the box! I like it so much I downloaded the plan and am gonna make a few myself. After reading through the plan and seeing your box, maybe you can answer a question I have: The front of the lid appears to have a soft curve but the plans never address that step. Did you just curve the breadboard front or the Maple panel too?

-- Michael D

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#12 posted 11-20-2012 10:09 PM

Awesome job! It’s absolutely beautiful! I have a question: Could this design be made without a router? I’ve found the plans, but have yet to advance to the level of buying a router.


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