Mary Kay Give Away Display

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Project by Dennis_MGWW posted 09-22-2009 07:17 PM 2896 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mary Kay Give Away Display

A couple of years ago, I had a client who sold Mary Kay cosmetics. She wanted me to build her a display that she could place near the cash registers at local businesses. People could fill out an entry form and place it inside the display in order to win prizes.

She wanted the display to be a little nicer and have more class than the usual cardboard box or fish bowl that you normally see for these types of things. She also did not want it to have a very large footprint. Business owners would be more likely to let her place it on their counter if it didn’t take up too much room. It also couldn’t be too small or else it wouldn’t be noticeable.

The display also needed to have some sort of “back” to it so that a pad of entry forms could hang from it. Above the entry pads, their had to be enough room for a sign explaining what the entry forms were for.

I had a certain image in my head as to what the box should look like. I didn’t consciously design it with an asian flair, but that is how it turned out. The curved legs, and curved edging of the top accomplish this. I also wanted to add some marquetry to it as well. I decided on a very simple rose pattern for the front of the box.

I have always liked the contrast between walnut and maple and decided to use them on this project. In this case, I used some curly maple that I had left over from another project. I also used purple-heart and cherry on the rose.

I decided I would need some jigs and patterns made up so that I would be able to make several of these. In order to come up with the jigs and patterns, I built a prototype of the box out of MDF and pine.

The prototype allowed be to work out some of the challenges of creating some of the curved pieces and the joinery. The legs of the piece are curved on two faces, not just tapered. Once the prototype was complete, I began making boxes.

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 07:52 PM

Its a beautiful piece, and I bet she was very pleased…nice job!

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 08:22 PM

Very Nice! Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 08:32 PM

I love the tapered legs they make the piece stand out for me.Alistair

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 09:42 PM

Elegant is the descriptive word that comes to my mind. I’m sure the store owner is very pleased.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 09:59 PM

I agree with Alistair about the legs. They are very pleasing to look at.

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 11:34 PM


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#7 posted 09-23-2009 01:05 AM

Very nice wood combination. Ditto on the legs. Well done.

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 05:48 AM

Nice design and good build looks super

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 05:55 AM

Great looking display and box. That Rose is ‘Da Bomb”, it really sets everything off nicely. Being that it was for a Mary Kay representative. the rose just seems so appropriate to me. Congratulations on an excellent design overall. How many boxes did you wind up having to make? Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

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#10 posted 09-23-2009 03:40 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Woodbutcher – I have made a total of three so far.

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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