Jewelry box, my first project

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Project by GaryK posted 2619 days ago 4922 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little Jewelry box that I made for my wife before we got married almost 10 years ago. This was the first thing that I made other than a wooded ship model that I have yet to finish. Maybe I will show you guys (and Gals) that.

This is made from some very feathered walnut. The pictures don’t do it justice. It changes colors as you move it around. The top has boxwood inlays.

The finish is an oil poly only. The first picture is it’s true color, the other 2 show the effects of the flash.

On the inside I wraped cardboard with velvet and glued it in place.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 2619 days ago

For a first project you really trapped yourself into a corner. You know you can’t post any crappy ones now! LOL!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 2619 days ago

Love that walnut. Great firs project.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 2619 days ago

Very nice.
I especially like the inlays in the top. The colors of the wood complement each other.

-- Jeff - Pflugerville, TX

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#4 posted 2619 days ago

Very cool project! Hard to believe it was your first!


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#5 posted 2619 days ago

Gary, I just love small wooden boxes!

This is a fine example of the boxmaker’s craft. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone install four brass hinges in a box like this before – interesting. I think the grain is beautiful; I like the way you have it flowing around the box. And I particularly like the four dowel-like inserts at each vorner of the inlay. Very nice.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 2618 days ago

Yeah…what Don said! And describe the inlay for us.

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

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#7 posted 2618 days ago

Beautiful! It must have been one of the reasons she said yes!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 2618 days ago

Beautiful walnut box, I have’nt heard say extraordinary. Like Tom said thats going to be hard to beat. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 2618 days ago

I wish my LAST project was as nice as your FIRST. I certainly didnt think walnut, but rather swirly mahogany. I have a quantity of that in veneer and would be my pleasure to send you some for a new project, provided that you post it for all of us to appreciate

-- Dan

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#10 posted 2616 days ago

Incredible box – great first project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 2496 days ago

That is such a nice box. I haven’t been brave enough to try inlay work. You did a beautiful job on your first try! You make it look easy, and you have created something with the caliber of a seasoned professional. What a classy box!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 2214 days ago

My goodness Gary….this just came up on roll the dice and it is superb ! What did you make her for your 10th anniversary ? I also noted the four hinges and it made me wonder what size the box is or if you just used them for longevity reasons . They look great though : ) This one is going straight into my favorites : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 1711 days ago

Gary. if this was your first project… it’s no wonder you can do what you do.

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#14 posted 1711 days ago

nice, where do u get feathered walnut?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 1711 days ago

A friend of mine who used to work in a lumber mill gave it to me probably 20 years ago.

It comes from the crotch of a walnut tree.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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