Asian Jewelry Box

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Project by DocT posted 05-19-2009 08:08 AM 3868 views 28 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dual pupose project. It is a continuation of my “Interpreting Design” blog series and a last minute Mother’s Day gift for my Mother-in-law.

It’s made of Birdseye maple and ebonized oak. The finish is sprayed lacquer. I ebonized the oak with a rust solution of steel wool in white vinegar. I was a bit worried that the reaction would leach into the maple, so I sealed all of the ebonized oak with lacquer prior to assembly and then assembled these parts with epoxy. The lid was carved with carving tools and then sanded by power and hand sanding.


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#1 posted 05-19-2009 08:43 AM

This box is beautiful. I really like the Asian style. Well done. Favorited.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 05-19-2009 09:11 AM

I agree with Kolwdwrkr, this box is awesome and I really believe that it will become a treasured family heirloom.

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#3 posted 05-19-2009 10:25 AM

yes this is beautyful

-- hrvoje

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#4 posted 05-19-2009 12:01 PM

The Mother-in-law will be very pleased…..well done.

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 12:06 PM

Great looking box. I bet that lid took some time. Nice job

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#6 posted 05-19-2009 12:11 PM

Asian influence is simple and elegant.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 05-19-2009 01:23 PM

Beautiful box. Especially love the lid.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-19-2009 02:04 PM

Good pics, nice to see the details!

-- Greg, CT

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 02:29 PM

The upturned edges on the lid are what really set this one apart for me. Gorgeous!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-19-2009 02:41 PM

Beautiful! Great job, DocT.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 05-19-2009 02:47 PM

Simply stunning

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#12 posted 05-19-2009 04:57 PM

Outstanding. That lid is awesome!!

-- Woodworking is not a's a joinery !!!

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#13 posted 05-19-2009 04:58 PM

Wonderful workmanship and outstanding design, I really like the top and Birdseye maple.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 05-19-2009 05:18 PM

Very Nice

-- Vince

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#15 posted 05-19-2009 05:28 PM

the lid ,the colors , the legs , the wood … it all makes a perfect piece . i can’t believe you have another one done already. i won’t be able to start mine till next week.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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