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Purpleheart and figured maple jewelry box

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Project by ajthomas5009 posted 09-23-2015 07:31 PM 1854 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a jewelry box I recently finished for my daughters up coming bday. I used PH & birds eye maple for the sides and curly maple for the top.

Brusso 95deg stop hinges were used. This was the 2nd time using this hinge but my first time installing by hand with chisels. IMHO chisels are by far the way to go with this hinge. Faster and mortises that fit exceptionally tight.

For a finish I went with 3 coats of oil/poly followed by 2 thinned coats of spar for a little UV resistance.

Andrew

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.





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fatman51

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 08:36 PM

That is a very nice jewelry box! The purpleheart and maple go well together here.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 08:52 PM

Outstanding work! Great contrast and choice of woods. That’s a real heirloom, athomas.

-- --Dale Page

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jobewan

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 08:57 PM

Just gorgeous! The wood choices are exceptional together. That is a true heirloom piece. Can I ask where you got that stock? I have a hard time finding maple with figure like that.

Very nice job!

-- Measure Twice, Cut Once - throw it in the woodpile, start over...

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#4 posted 09-23-2015 09:46 PM

looks like first place to me

nice job

-- Wooden Creations

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ajthomas5009

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#5 posted 09-23-2015 09:56 PM

Thanks guys it is one of my fav wood combinations as well.

Jobewan – I got the Birdseye from a local source about a year ago. I believe I only paid around 4-5$ a bf. The curly maple was just a lucky find at HD. Every month or so I check their hardwood stacks for unusual boards. Usually they are no where near this curly.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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MyHogany

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#6 posted 09-23-2015 10:48 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship. Truly inspiring.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 09-24-2015 12:20 AM

That is a VERY fancy jewelry box! Your skill really shows on this one. Can’t believe that maple came from HD.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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ajthomas5009

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#8 posted 09-24-2015 12:33 AM

Me either Gfadvm the one near my house gets some decent pieces from time to time. All of my fav pieces of red oak I’ve found there the have this weird color streaking of purple black red and white. Looks really cool I’ll have to post a pick of them sometime.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-24-2015 12:53 AM

Our HD doesn’t sell maple, just red oak and the usual softwoods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 09-24-2015 01:50 AM

Excellent craftsmanship! Your daughter will keep this forever, I’ll bet.

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

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Pointer

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#11 posted 09-24-2015 02:28 AM

Wow. Maybe someday I will have the skills to produce art like this.

-- Joe - - When 10 million people believe in a dumb idea, it's still a dumb idea.

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ajthomas5009

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#12 posted 09-24-2015 02:43 AM

Pointer – I bet if you just plunged in head first and gave it a whirl you would surprise yourself. I haven’t been in the game long myself, just watch some videos, practice a few techniques and give it a whirl. Just make sure you have exact or similar sized scraps lying around. It’s really is necessary for machine set up and almost a must if it’s a technique your not familiar with.

But I will admit that a good amount of time learning to build furniture is spent making jigs and patterns. Some quick and dirty and ones that will be used regularly get a little more attention. Plus most of the people on here are more than willing to help along the way.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 09-24-2015 03:03 AM

Great craftsmanship in a very sleek looking box. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 09-24-2015 05:37 AM

Awesome! Definitely a top 3 project.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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DonB

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#15 posted 09-24-2015 09:58 AM

Absolutely beautiful. The finish is superb and the contrast of the woods is top notch. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

-- DonB

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