|Project by Jacquelyn Smith||posted 06-25-2015 11:44 PM||2311 views||16 times favorited||41 comments|
Walnut and Maple inlay.
Claro Walnut legs.
Kelpie Waterhorse design.
This was a Custom Jewelry Box for a client who really wanted to WOW his wife on their anniversary. The Kelpies and the celtic designs were all very meaningful for them as they had traveled to Scotland together. Most of the inlay projects I have done in the past 5 years have been with an inlay router kit. With these you make templates and then fit everything by hand. This piece however couldn’t be done that way unless I was retired and wanted to spend the rest of my retirement whittling away at the wood, thus, greatly disappointing them both. I worked with a local CNC company to do the inlay. We arranged to cut to the inside and the outside of the artwork line hoping to create a tight fit. It was very challenging (mostly due to different computer programs and trying to coordinate them) but it all worked out in the end.
I made the Leoapardwood box using 45’s all around except for the bottom which has a floating panel. Then I cut off the top on the table saw. This makes a perfect fit when you line the top with trim (which holds in a mirror). The trim fits perfectly into the bottom.
I carve the legs by hand. Basically I cut them out just as you would a table leg and then I shape them to look right and fit. The tricky part is to get them to look and be very similar sizes after the most difficult part of remembering how I did the last one! Lol.
Thanks for the feedback. Love Lumberjocks!