Jewelry Box with Simple Horse Marquetry on Top

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Project by jmartel posted 04-06-2015 07:07 PM 1994 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer wanted a jewelry box to give to his girlfriend for a birthday gift. He had seen some of the veneer work I’d done in the past, and asked if I could do a horse on the top. There was a few firsts for me on this box. This was the first time I’d used hide glue, the first time I sand shaded veneer, and the first time that I’ve used the side rail hinges.

The side rail hinges so far are my favorite that I’ve used, however the screws that they give you are a joke. I went up one size in screw (and had to drill out the holes a bit), which helped quite a bit, however I would have preferred to use flat head screws rather than phillips. Installation is super easy with just a 5/16” router bit. I initially cut it so that the hinges would be sitting very slightly below the rails, however I discovered that the hinges worked best if they were slightly proud of the surface. I used a piece of maple veneer to shim them up and now everything works correctly.

The box is lined with blue velvet as can be seen. Finish was 1) Danish oil after sanding to 600, 2) Arm-R-Seal Gloss, and then 3) rubbing out with steel wool and then adding paste wax.

Veneers on top were Sapele for the horse body, dyed black veneer for the tail, mane, and lower legs, Walnut for the hooves and the barn, Poplar for the ground, and an unknown veneer that was given to me for the sky. Like the rest of my veneer work, this was all done by hand with an x-acto knife on a self-healing cutting mat.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 07:30 PM

Looks so good. The sand shading is legit. Great job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 04-07-2015 03:17 AM

Looks good Jeff.
Getting better all the time.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 04-07-2015 03:35 AM


-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 04-07-2015 04:10 AM

Lots of great details in this, Jmart! The diagonal orientaion on the inside of the lid was an unexpected (and pleasent) surprise! Is there a story there? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 04-07-2015 04:42 AM

Thanks everyone. No story with that, Candy. Just something that I saw on a box by Ian Hawthorne that I liked the look of.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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