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Project by athomas5009 posted 04-05-2015 04:38 AM 2106 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewerly box I built for my GF, I finished it about a month ago. This project was a lot of 1st’s for me, it was my 1st attempt at fine woodworking, 1st jewerly box, and my 1st time designing a project from start to finish. It took me about 3mo in my spare time, I also worked on other small projects when ever I got stuck and had to muddle things over.

The wood is curly maple and walnut. I really like the knot on the front, it sorta gives a burl feel to it. The lid is book matched and the face of the drawer was also book matched using the scraps from the lid. The inlay on the lid is Birdseye maple. I used box joints for the joinery of the main structure and lock rabbit’s for the drawer and trays. The handle was made from maple scraps with a walnut inlay. I used side rail hinges to hinge the box. I had a lot of fun building it and can’t wait to apply what I learned on future boxes.

Andrew

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.





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#1 posted 04-05-2015 07:07 AM

Beautiful workmanship. Great job!

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca. http://www.facebook.com/commandperformancewooddesigns

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 08:33 AM

Nice work for the 1st and the contrast looks great.I’m glad you put the jewelry, i made a better view.

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MC

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 10:49 AM

The inlay looks fantastic. Nice design too.

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 11:33 AM

Nice work no cut finger this time!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 04-05-2015 11:36 AM

If these were all first I cant wait to see what is to come.

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#6 posted 04-05-2015 11:42 AM

Beautiful workmanship and wood selections.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#7 posted 04-05-2015 01:19 PM

I wish my first attempt at box making looked so good! The knot placement is awesome-what did you use for a finish?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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WoodNSawdust

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#8 posted 04-05-2015 01:46 PM

Good looking project. Much better than my first jewelry box!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#9 posted 04-05-2015 02:23 PM

Very nice work. GF should reward you well for this but it looks like she’s already running out of room and may need one a little bigger.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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athomas5009

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 02:40 PM

Yes, no fingers were damaged during this project

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 02:48 PM

Very nice. Excellent choice with the woods and presentation, too.

These gift projects always ‘feel better’ than regular projects, eh?

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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athomas5009

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#12 posted 04-05-2015 02:48 PM

That knot is prob one of my favorite parts but featuring g it did cause a few problems. The forces in the knot pull the box slightly out of square in that area. You can sorta notice in the first pic how the gap is a little bigger in the front. This could also be caused by my choice to go with 1/2” for final material thickness. In the future I would stick with 3/4” material. None of this is critical though just nit picking.

There is another pretty sweet knot on the side I’ll post a pic of. It made the walnut curly in that area.

For the finish I used a oil/poly homebrew 1/3-1/3-1/3. Applied the 1st coat as usual then wet sanded the next 3 with 320-500 grit paper. I let it cure for about 5days then slapped on a few coats of paste wax.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#13 posted 04-05-2015 03:01 PM

Nicely done. If this is your first, I’ll welcome the chance to see your second.
Roger

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

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Obed

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#14 posted 04-05-2015 07:47 PM

Beautiful work!

-- I am a novice, wanting more than a hobby, but to be a carpenter.

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athomas5009

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#15 posted 04-05-2015 09:08 PM

Thanks Roger, it’s nice to be complimented by one of the best box makers on LJ’s.

Also thanks for all of the kind words and compliments from everyone that checked out my project. I plan to do many more boxes in the future. I’m interested in all types of furniture by something really captivates me about jewelry, humidors and keepsake boxes.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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