1st jewelry box

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Project by DynaBlue posted 08-31-2009 06:32 PM 2643 views 10 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not believing in the crawl-walk-run philosophy I tackled this wedding present for my sister as my second project. I figured that if a big box was easy (file cabinet was my first project) then a small box should be REALLY easy. Yeah, not so much… Good thing I started out several months prior to the wedding so I finally got it finished. It was a good experience going from the rough sketch to the finished product but the steps in the middle were sometimes trying. The waterbased polycrylic finish just gave me fits and had to be sanded off three different times. In the end she cried and the box now a conversation piece that sits in their entry hallway as furniture. Made of birdseye maple and ebony.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 08-31-2009 06:43 PM

wow !
excellent work .
yes , finishes are not what i signed up for either ,
but around here ,
there are plenty of folks that know , and share !

-- 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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#2 posted 08-31-2009 06:58 PM

Holy $%^%$&!!! That’s your SECOND project?? WOW!!! Way to go.

“It was a good experience going from the rough sketch to the finished product but the steps in the middle were sometimes trying.”

That is hilarious. Nicely done. Look forward to seeing more.

-- Socrates: "I drank what?"

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#3 posted 08-31-2009 07:02 PM

Great piece, good job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 08-31-2009 07:02 PM

Looks like you’re running!!!

Didn’t your mother tell you not to make your sister cry?!?

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#5 posted 08-31-2009 07:56 PM

Fantastic job!

As you discovered, boxes get HARDER as they get smaller.

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

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#6 posted 08-31-2009 07:58 PM

Fantastic work hard to believe you don’t have years of experience. Welcome to Ljs

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 08-31-2009 10:11 PM

A beautiful J-Box! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 09-01-2009 12:51 AM

If this is your second project then i cant wait for your next one LOL….
and if you dont mind i would like to use your piece for idea’s


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 01:36 AM

Nice jewelry box.

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#10 posted 09-01-2009 02:47 AM

I went to a furniture building seminar with Bob Lang from Pop Wood as the guest builder and his philosophy was that there were no new designs any more and whatever you come up with was just ‘selective thievery’ :D So if I can provide you an idea please go for it!

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#11 posted 09-01-2009 04:22 AM

Great looking chest. The wood is beautiful. Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#12 posted 09-01-2009 04:30 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 09-02-2009 04:16 AM

That is a beautiful gife.

Well done.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#14 posted 09-02-2009 04:26 AM

Wow, that is beautiful. What is / how did you do the inlay around the necklace drawer?

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#15 posted 09-02-2009 04:54 AM

Well, as my sig indicates sometimes I have to improvise. Once I’d assembled the drawer sides and bottom I found that I had a small problem with the top and bottom being slightly wider than the sides (my collapsing table saw fence wasn’t the most reliable of companions) and I was in the position to try to figure out how to bring that all down flush with each other. Since I didn’t have access to any sort of large leveling device (or much experience at all for that matter) and block planes were still very scary creatures to be avoided at all costs I came up with the brilliant idea to use the belt/disc sander to just whisk that little bit off.

Bad idea and poorly executed, if I do say so myself. I wound up with rounded over edges and sides, nothing that could rightly call itself a corner..nothing. I’d poxed up the whole thing. After a protracted session of what my lovely wife/assistant refers to as ‘sailor speak’ I tried to figure out how to fix my mistake.

In some pictures you can see that I had to graft on very thin strips of wood to bring the front edges of the drawer back into some kind of approximation with the intended drawer hole..which left me with some odd looking face/edge grain joinery on the front of the drawer. Somewhat less sailor speak came out because I was half way to fixed.

After discussing with my long distance tech rep (Dad was a shop teacher and does a strange form of woodworking known as ‘turning’) we came up with the idea to use inlay from Woodcraft to cover up the rest of the mistake. So after a soul searching session and practicing several times on my untrustworthy saw I took off about 1/32” all around the drawer face with my newly acquired ‘dado blade’. Then I glued on the strips, mitred the corners with a razor blade (minus the shaving cream, of course) and stuck to my story, until now, that I’d intended to put that there the entire project. Darn your sharp eyes anyhow, coloradoclimber! :)

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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