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3D Abalone Inlay Memory Box

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Project by Katz-Moses Woodworking posted 02-11-2016 06:26 PM 967 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always use a respirator when cutting any shell based material

This was one of my first boxes and I learned a lot. It was a great experiment into incorporating shell veneer into a project. This box has 93 pieces of wood in it. It has walnut, alder, birds eye maple, purple heart, and pine which the abalone was mounted on. I mounted the abalone on the pine and then cut it into 60 degree diamonds. I originally didn’t cut enough and really wished I hadn’t changed my saw. I used abalone veneer I bought on amazon for $20. One of the issues I ran into was that you can’t plane or sand abalone so the lid has a less than flat texture to it but I think it gives it character. I trimmed out the 3d pattern with purple heart and mortised them into the pattern and frame to create splines to cut down on wood movement. The box is alder and walnut with hand cut dovetail joinery. The pattern is on both sides of the lid so you can see it when you open the box. It’s lined with felt and my fiance and I use it to store our sentimental trinkets. If you want to watch a YouTube video where I talk about the build here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwpzr0VZ5vg Thanks for looking!

-- If you want it to take longer and cost more, get into woodworking. It's worth every second and every penny because nothing, is more rewarding than creating something with your own two hands.





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Roger Gaborski

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 09:29 PM

This is a great box! The abalone veneer gives it real character.
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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Katz-Moses Woodworking

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 09:46 PM

Thanks so much roger!

-- If you want it to take longer and cost more, get into woodworking. It's worth every second and every penny because nothing, is more rewarding than creating something with your own two hands.

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Bobsboxes

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 01:30 AM

Great looking box, texture is good, nice work.

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

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 10:36 AM

hurts your eyes pretty – can’t stop looking at the lid

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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madburg

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 02:43 PM

Just found your box. Excellent. BUT you certainly can sand abalone and all shell. You might want to file it first if it sticks up too far. I do so on my projects and then polyurethane varnish over the top of everything. See my ‘Klimt on a box’ project which has abalone, mother of pearl, brass and allsorts inlaid, as well as the usual veneer which is then all sanded down. You need to go super fine with the shell say 1200 on an orbital sander.

BUT WARNING – do wear a face mask – the dust is not at all good for you. If I forget I find my self sneezing very frequently for the next four or five days.

-- Madburg WA

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Katz-Moses Woodworking

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 02:46 PM

Thanks so much bud! Great advice. Your project looks awesome!

-- If you want it to take longer and cost more, get into woodworking. It's worth every second and every penny because nothing, is more rewarding than creating something with your own two hands.

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