Lacewood box

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Project by Ron Tocknell posted 09-03-2015 02:06 PM 2052 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my daughter. I won’t call it a jewellery box as I don’t want to define what it “should” be used for. That’s up to my daughter.
It is made primarily of lacewood (or London Plane) with American black walnut trim and drawer fronts. The drawer fronts and the little walnut drawer knobs are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The hinges and clasp are made of copper and were shop made.
You will notice an area of burn along the hinged edge. This was on the table saw and I didn’t have enough of the lacewood spare to replace the piece and planing past the burned edge would have resulted in a poor fit so I decided to live with it. We live and learn.

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#1 posted 09-03-2015 02:47 PM

Welcome to LJ Ron.
That is a real beauty. I love the metalwork. ... Masterful!
I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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

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#2 posted 09-03-2015 03:23 PM

Agreed, a truly beautiful piece. Your daughter should cherish it for years.

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#3 posted 09-03-2015 03:41 PM

Really nice box Ron. The hardware is most unusual. Has your daughter found the secret compartment yet?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 09-03-2015 03:51 PM

Thank you, Jim. This one doesn’t have a secret compartment. Knowing my daughter’s inclination to stashing all kinds of things from jewellery to craft materials, I figured the more useable space the better. I have a small box in cherry, walnut and padouk under construction at the moment. That has a secret compartment as it’s for my grandson. He’ll be told there is a secret compartment but he won’t be told where it is. He’ll have to figure out the clue hidden in a riddle written on a card that will be in the box when I give it to him.

The hardest part is keeping my mouth shut.

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#5 posted 09-03-2015 03:54 PM

Thank you folks for the welcome. This is a good site.

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#6 posted 09-03-2015 04:15 PM

Box looks very beautiful with wood choosen. I like those metal parts the most.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-03-2015 04:43 PM

Beautiful and I’m sure she will love it. Everything just looks great together. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 09-03-2015 05:22 PM

Really nice all the way around!!

G Vavra

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#9 posted 09-03-2015 05:45 PM

This is a beauty. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 09-03-2015 05:59 PM

Simply gorgeous your daughter is a very lucky lady. I too love the metal work. Is this your own custom metal work? Welcome to the LJ community.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 09-03-2015 07:24 PM

The whole box is very well executed. But the shop-made hinges take your project to the highest level. That really imparts a unique element to the piece. And it demonstrates a mixed media

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#12 posted 09-03-2015 08:03 PM

Characterful box, well made with beautiful materials.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 09-03-2015 08:32 PM

Thank you all for your positive comments. The hinges do seem to have sparked some interest and I have added a brief blog about the metal work ( ). The next time I make hinges, I shall photograph the steps although there is no definitive method of doing this. Everyone seems to have their own approach to creating the ‘barrel’ that hinges the two halves together. Creating bespoke hinges is not so difficult to anyone familiar with using a scrollsaw.. The blog goes into a little more detail. It would be great if others took up the idea too. It is a nice feeling to have made every part of a box or cabinet. .

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#14 posted 09-04-2015 02:12 AM

Add me to the list of admirers of the hardware – Excellent!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 09-04-2015 02:54 AM

beautiful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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