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Project by mousejockey posted 03-17-2015 05:09 PM 1608 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as an art supply storage box but for a special friend but got out of control trying to make it a bit nicer so it will be a keepsake box instead. The body is walnut, lid panel is figured walnut, maple and figured maple trim and tray, mother of pearl wings, abalone body and a couple of small cubic zirconia on the antenna. The liner is a thin foam pad so the color choices were limited but it should be durable. This is the first project I’ve named and as soon as I wrote the name in permanent marker on the bottom I wanted to change it, oh well. It’s for a very old friends 25 year old daughter, at 18 she became quadriplegic but has since started to get some use of her arms and hands and is learning to paint so I thought I’d do something to encourage her to keep at it. Actually it’s a trade, something I made for one of her paintings.


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#1 posted 03-17-2015 08:26 PM

What an excellently crafted and beautiful box! The woods are very complimentary to one another. I’m sure the recipient will be extremely pleased with your creation.

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

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 10:41 PM

That is a really nice box design and build. Is it all solid stock? How do you cut the mother of pearl?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 11:22 PM

turned out beautiful, I would certainly be happy to receive it. I really like your choice of woods.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#4 posted 03-17-2015 11:47 PM

That is a beautiful box—I’m sure she’ll love it!

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

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#5 posted 03-18-2015 12:03 AM

this is one beautiful box!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 03-18-2015 12:47 AM

You did a great job with some spectacular wood! The butterfly is just perfect. She will treasure this forever.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 03-18-2015 01:18 AM

Verrrry Nice!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#8 posted 03-18-2015 01:58 AM


-- tel

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#9 posted 03-18-2015 02:42 AM

You should let your projects go out of control more often – this is beautiful!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 03-18-2015 03:24 AM

Gorgeous wood, beautiful inlay and superb craftsmanship. Anyone would be pleased with such a gift or trade!

-- Bob in Okieland

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#11 posted 03-18-2015 04:07 AM

Very nice work, great looking box.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 03-18-2015 12:27 PM

Very good box.The inlay,contrast and shadows looks great.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#13 posted 03-18-2015 01:43 PM

This box is a real beauty.

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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#14 posted 03-18-2015 04:00 PM

Thank you everyone for the praise.
The box is solid wood, the inlay I cut with a coping saw, then filed and sanded the edges, that part scared me to death because you have to route out the top and inset it in so I was terrified of messing that up since the box was essentially done and held off forever. But I took a weekend class with William Ng on inlay and built up my confidence enough to take the plunge. Anyone considering taking a class with him don’t hesitate, great guy easy going and you’ll learn a ton, I took his Maloof rocker class last year, not finished yet but it will look great.

Shipped it yesterday what a relief, but after seeing someone else’s project on here get crushed I had them double box it, cost more but I consider it insurance.

Thanks again

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#15 posted 03-19-2015 09:43 AM

A great story and an exceptional box.
Well done

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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