Ring Box (and Ring) for Maya..

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Project by jeth posted 01-31-2016 12:38 AM 1257 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small box I made to house a ring for my daughter. The box is a simple rabbeted construction of Primavera with Spanish Cedar bottom panel and lining, veneered over with Primavera and Roupala (Leopardwood).
It occurred to me that Maya (my daughters name…) was perfectly suited to this, 4 letters and the distribution of the letters allowed me to line up with a pinwheel pattern on the top.

The ring was made from Chiche (Asidosperma megalocarpon) with an inset Opal. I bought a lot of these beautiful stones some years ago and this one in particular was always earmarked for my daughter as it has a heart shape in it. For those unfamiliar with Opals, it’s almost impossible to photograph but when it catches the light it gives off an amazing coloured “spark”...bright red or purple/green dependant on the angle the light hits at.

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 01:07 AM

That is beautiful gift I’m sure she’ll always treasure. It was great the way you used the graphic to flow into the letters in her name.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 03:00 AM

very nice looking piece!

-- Sean Hollick ~

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 03:15 AM

That is a treasure for sure, great gift.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 03:48 AM

Jeth, nice work here. I like the letters on the sides and the way they work to make a pattern on the top. Great job of three dimensional thinking. As far as I can tell it is a nice job on the ring as well. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 04:41 AM

Very nice work but even better design creativity!
What a great idea.
Excellent parquetry as well.

Thanks for posting.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 10:19 AM

Beautiful box. Those letters turned great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 04:01 PM

This is a good looking box and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 01-31-2016 06:33 PM

Beautiful box! Very creative. But I am most intrigued by the ring – how did you set the stone?

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 01-31-2016 07:17 PM

Thanks for all the comments folks…

@leafherder… I’ve done a few of these rings now, I don’t faff about with laminations, I have found that with suitably tight grained woods they are sufficiently resistant to breakage.
So, I cut a blank to the rough thickness I want, depending if I have a forstner bit in my small collection of the required size I will either drill or if not use a router/guide bush and template to get the size I need. I rough cut the outside on the bandsaw, leaving the top edge flat. I then scribe the stone outline, drill a slightly smaller hole within the scribed lines to required depth and work back to the scribe lines with a chisel. My smallest chisel is 6mm but I find I can use the corner to pare round the edges, presenting the stone until it will pop in. I then use superglue (CA), running it round the edge so it seeps in around and beneath the stone, and typically polish the excess into the ring… a bit of wax on top and I have it set and finished to boot.

Here are a couple of pics of this ring and others close up…

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#10 posted 02-01-2016 11:18 AM

Jeth, the box is really nice and demonstrates your creative thought process and the rings are outstanding. My wife and I discovered opals while in Australia a few years ago and have since acquired a few more. You are right about the colors – so unpredictable

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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