Maple Burl Veneered Jewellry Box

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Project by Ottacat posted 10-23-2015 05:28 PM 1269 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project to build. I based it off the Humidor project in the Wood Whisperer Guild. The trays were laid out by my girlfriend and built with help from a video by Steve Ramsey / Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

Veneer is from two sheets of maple burl. Using two sheets allowed me to put the burl on both the inside and outside of the lid as well as make the sides and front/back matches of each other. Instead of bookmatching I centred a dramatic section of the burl. The substrate for the top is 1/2” MDF. The substrate for the sides is African mahogany. The bottom is solid mahogany cut undersized and glued in the centre of the grooves to allow for wood movement.

The accent wood on the box and the for the trays is wenge. The tray bottoms are 6mm baltic birch ply.

The hinges were from – these are really beautiful, elegant hinges that are also very straightforward to install.

Finish was tung oil sealer from Lee Valley and then a few coats of gloss Arm-R-Seal.

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#1 posted 10-23-2015 05:40 PM

Really super looking burl box.
You did the wood proud.

Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-23-2015 06:30 PM

Ottacat, good looking box. Are Andrews hinges now back on the market or did you use old stock?

Thanks Richard

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#3 posted 10-23-2015 06:34 PM

I ordered them just a couple of weeks ago so they must be back on the market.

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 06:51 PM

Beautiful work ! Love the burl …. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 06:53 PM

I love it
Great choice of veneers and the trays and dividers are spot on as a real custom box should be .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 07:59 PM

I ordered them just a couple of weeks ago so they must be back on the market.

- Ottacat

Thanks Ottacat.


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#7 posted 10-24-2015 12:06 AM

Man that’s a beautiful jewelry box! That veneer is gorgeous, and the overall look of the box is wonderful!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 10-24-2015 10:05 AM

Superb. That is a very eye catching box. The book matching and the craftsmanship are outstanding.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#9 posted 10-24-2015 10:13 AM

great looking box!!!

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#10 posted 10-24-2015 04:34 PM

Beautiful box. Very well done.

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

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 05:23 PM

Nicely done. The design, the execution, and the hardware are all commendable. I like this box a lot.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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