Jewellery Box 3

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Project by madburg posted 02-19-2016 09:58 AM 969 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another burr walnut jewellery box, with a complex opening and a few drawers. The opening is in the style of George W. Betjemann and Sons from the 1850s who patented clever mechanisms to make the sides pop out as you lifted the lid! Unfortunately on mine you have to open things by hand. The veneering was done using iron on glue film, which I found didn’t like the heat of an English summer, as it failed allowing the veneer to bubble – hence my skepticism about hide glue, which is also heat activated!! This lid has slices of book matched Banksia nuts. It also has some Andrew Crawford inspired stringing, and strategically placed brass ware to hide some dodgy corners!!. Another of George W. Betjemann and Sons patent mechanisms was the inspiration for my Klimt on a Box which I posted earlier.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 10:24 AM

Yet another spectacular piece of work. Great design… I like everything about it. One day I’ll have to try building a Betjemann style box. The mechanical movements are a wonder indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 10:45 AM

They drawings for the mechanism are on Daniel Lucians web site – have a look if you haven’t already!!

The more complex mechanism that inspired my Klimt on a box can only be guessed at from this box on his web site

-- Madburg WA

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 02:01 PM

Yet another masterpiece. Too bad about the adhesive but please don’t paint hide glue with the same brush just because they share one characteristic. Hide glue has lasted centuries on many museum quality pieces and I have several pieces that have endured the Arizona summer.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 04:06 PM

I totally agree, another awesomely beautiful work of craftsmanship.

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 04:56 PM

one right after the other! truly amazing! you have some real talent you will only get better as time goes by, well done!

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 09:42 PM

That’s very clever, with an interesting mechanism.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 09:51 PM

This box is absolutely beautiful. I love the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 02-20-2016 01:05 AM

Another beauty—thanks for sharing it with us!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 02-20-2016 04:54 AM

This is another masterpiece that you have created. You have a talent that most of us can only hope to achieve, shoukl we live so long. I love the great combination of woods, complex mechanisms, and visual appeal that you build into your works.
Enrico Caruso

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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