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Project by jaymac posted 2588 days ago 1608 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a recently completed jewelry box I made for my wife. The marquetry on the top is a copy of a picture my 6 year old daughter drew of our family. The lock escutcheon is my first try at pearl inlay, I kept it simple, but I am pleased. The box is mahogany, the top of the lid is redwood burl, quilted maple and various dyed veneers. The underside is zebrawood, holly, movingui and black dyed veneers. The four dots in the corners are paua abalone. Just a tung oil and lacquer finish.

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#1 posted 2588 days ago

Wow! That is beautiful and unique. You can be sure that you can’t go down to the store and buy one of these. This will be a special treasure to your wife. Nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 2588 days ago

Jay, I just love your small wooden boxes. I believe that this is the third one you’ve shown us. I appreciate your artistic talent – there are few box makers who would have even thought of the idea of incorporating a child’s drawing into the box design. Absolutely unique and exceptionally well executed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Bill Cowan

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#3 posted 2588 days ago


This box now has a lot of sentimental value. What an honor for your wife and children to have such a part in this box’s making and use. It warms my heart to see something like this bring out the love found in a family.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#4 posted 2588 days ago

oh yah.. brilliant idea.
great results!!

simple you say??? I think not!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 2588 days ago

Nice job on the jewelry box, Jay. High marks all ‘round.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#6 posted 2588 days ago

Jay, outstanding box – I think you have just created a Family Heirloom, that will hopefully pass down through many generations. Now, “that’s what I’m talking about” actually means something – Great Job!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 2588 days ago

Your six year old is quite the artist, like Dad. A lot of personal touches on a very nice jewelry box. Very special.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 2588 days ago

I love it! Really nice inlay on the escutcheon. I’ll have to give that a try.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 2587 days ago

Oh, now that’s a nice box! This is really a great execution of a wonderful idea! Thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 2413 days ago

It’s the first time I’ve seen this & it stopped me and Mrs YS in our tracks! That marquetry top is a stroke of genius. A wonderful idea and an absolute treasure.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#11 posted 2413 days ago

That is so wonderful. Great job on inlaying your child’s drawing. (The inlay on the inside is way cool, too.

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#12 posted 2409 days ago

What a wonderful box! You’ve successfully celebrated your family with this artistic piece. This mall wooden box, which I just love by the way, is real eye candy!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 2406 days ago

Very nice, & a family keepsake that will be cherished for years.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 2397 days ago

Remarkable marquetry, very original. I know the competition is stiff and I think this box is one of those easily overlooked gems. Excellent concept and execution and definately not as simple as it first looks. A box your daughter will never part with in her lifetime.

-- Rich, Madison WI

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#15 posted 1412 days ago

Love the colors and the style. Well done

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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