Shinto Temple Gate Jewelry Box

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Project by woodn posted 04-14-2015 08:53 PM 1839 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a graduation gift for my Granddaughter. She is off to college to study international relations. As she can speak and write Japanese, and has spent a couple of weeks in that country, I though a bit of marquetry would be nice. Too bad I didn’t know how to do it! This is the 3rd attempt at the image. It leaves a bit to be desired yet, but if I wait any longer, I will have to work on a college graduation gift!

The wood is ribbon sapele, which I love to work with. I did the marquetry using the packet method as shown by Paul Schurch. Looked easy when he did it.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 09:13 PM

That’s a terrific box. I really like the design and execution. I love Sapele also and it goes well with the maple and veneers. Interesting handle too.
I agree – Schurch is a little intimidating but does brilliant work. You might look for anything on the double bevel technique for this. Marc Adams does an excellent job teaching and describing this.

-- Gary in OP

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 10:16 PM

I’m in awe of such fine work. Your Granddaughter’s going to love it.

Great job Bob!

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 12:13 AM

Beautiful jewelry box! I love the combination of the sapele and maple. I’m sure she will love it!

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

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 03:08 AM

Very impressive build,love the Japanese theme and accents! She will cherish this gift and hopefully appreciate the effort you have obviously put into this special gift. Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 04-15-2015 04:31 AM

Fine work, thanks for posting

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 05:11 AM

No need to apologize for that marquetry. It looks great to me.
You have a talent for it. You should pursue it.
It does get easier after a few years. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 04-15-2015 06:15 AM

Excellent job on a wonderful little box. Looks like it was fun to make.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#8 posted 04-15-2015 11:57 AM

Beautiful Job!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#9 posted 04-15-2015 12:01 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of work. I especially like the mitered ends of the drawer front & how they fit into the box sides.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#10 posted 04-15-2015 01:31 PM

beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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