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Project by dwh posted 06-28-2009 11:26 PM 1464 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jewelry box made of paduk, black walnut, eastern red cedar, curly maple, ebony, holly, and book match camphor burl for top insert. The box is finished with 3 coats of water lox. Approximate demension 12”x6”x5” Once again feed back welcome and also would like to see possible selling prices for this type of item. I am trying to get an idea if i can make money at this or need to continue with my day job. Thank you Daniel

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 11:37 PM

I don’t know about selling price, but that’s one beautiful box and welcome aboard.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#2 posted 06-29-2009 12:16 AM

Beautiful box.

I make a lot of boxes, and when I consider the hours that go into a nice one, I just don’t think it would be possible to charge enough to pay myself a decent wage. Your mileage may vary. :-)

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

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#3 posted 06-29-2009 02:15 AM

Great box. I love the veneered top. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 03:57 AM

Wow, great looking box. I was thinking of making and selling boxes just like that. What could you sell one for?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 04:05 AM

Nice job good looking box. but sales wise I tend to agree with Charlie

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 06-29-2009 04:34 AM

I have app. 12 hrs in this box and roughly 75 dollars in materials so $500 would allow a modest proffit seeing i work out of my house with very little over head. Also not looking to sell 1 a day , 1 per month would be nice. I have seen stuff like sell for double. Just looking to get my name out there at the moment. Do you guys think that I crazy thinking this is possible.

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#7 posted 06-29-2009 04:51 AM

I agree that a net of $425 for 12 hours of work would be nice money, but I’m curious about where you have seen boxes selling for that. I put a pretty nice box up on eBay once just to test the waters. I think I put a starting bid of $50 on it, and never got a single bid.

Now people do go nuts for things that are antique or have some sort of historical significance, but I sure haven’t seen the kind of market you’re talking about for new boxes.

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

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 05:09 AM

your box is very well done ,
and the design is good .
nice work !
as far as selling goes ,
thats something most of us here have been working on for years .
i have probably made 500 boxes in my time ,
and am lucky if ive sold 25 of them .
i make boxes to practice my craft ,
some times i learn something new ,
and i feel good about that .
other times i give them away , so i can learn some thing new,
by making more boxes . it doesnt pay the rent .
from what ive seen here in LJ”S we all like to share our experiances ,
and learn from each other .
the selling if it happens ,is out in the sreets ,
or by order if someone likes your work .
good luck to you in this
and welcome to LJ’S ! we share , we care !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 06-29-2009 09:49 AM

It is a tough way to make a buck. I’ve been here (at lumberjocks) almost from the beginning and I’ve seen a lot of talented people get discouraged. I’m talking about people that have many talents, from scrimshaw to knifemaking with damascus steel and ivory handles, to mission furniture to rustic furniture. From cane making to remodeling the inside of a catholic church with all the corbells and Intricate things involved with that type of construction. And this guy is having a hard time and doing anything to keep his head above water. If he did’nt have all these talents he probably couldn’t survive. I don’t want to dissuade you but these are the realities of the times. People, I mean the regular Joe, is hanging on to his money to pay the bills right now, he can’t afford those luxuries he used to buy things, or art with, like he used to. We, I’m afraid, are in a depression. By the way your box is very beautiful.

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

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#10 posted 06-30-2009 01:47 AM

Nice box, I agree with the others, probably not going to get what you are wanting out of it, in this economy. I have sold a few but i don’t charge much, Mainly just try to recover my cost in making it, since its pretty much just a hobby. I enjoy box making but would probably never try to make a living at it. Its like therapy you dont have to pay for!

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#11 posted 07-04-2009 03:57 PM

Beautiful work. Nice box. I love boxes (and making them) but don’t see them as means of support. I sell one now and again $55.00-150.00. But the net is always less than 10% of what I would make at work. It helps feed my addiction but I still put in 12 hour shifts at the paper mill. Try keeping a time sheet on your next box and see how long you have in it. It is easy to “time warp” when you are in right brain mode.

Patron and Charlie (above) have pretty much nailed it.

Keep it up though. Everyone loves a box. :=)

-- Peace in Wood ~

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