Tassie Myrtle and Jarrah Jewellery Box

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Project by Rob posted 11-01-2009 11:53 AM 1579 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all,

I have a commission to make 4 jewellery boxes to be given as Christmas presents. The first was the Red Gum. This is the second. The third will be American Black Walnut and the fourth will be Purple Heart. I am unsure as yet what timber the trays will be or exactly how the boxes will be constructed.
The inlay and trays on this box are Jarrah, with the carcass being Tasmanian Myrtle. The inlay was glued to the box lid frame and goes right through to the inside surface. Then the lid panels were connected using 4mm dominoes. The timber is 14mm thick. Dimensions and finish are identical to the Red Gum box.




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#1 posted 11-01-2009 12:44 PM

Great looking box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 03:16 PM

Very Nice Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 04:46 PM

Very nice.

What method do you use to cut the mortises for your quadrant hinges? Those things give me fits.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 05:08 PM

wonderful boxes I really like the trays and wood choices

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 06:48 PM

Beautiful boxes. very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 09:24 PM

Hi Charlie,

Yes mortising the quadrant hinges is a pain. One of the big problems is that the hinges seem to be about 7mm wide and its not easy to find a 7mm router bit. I hit on the idea of using a 7mm drill bit in the drill press to cut the basic shape, then use a chisel to pare out the mortise. Then when I have the basic shape done, I use the drill again to ensure the rounded edge matches the depth of the rest of the mortise. I also use the drill press with a 4mm bit to dig the holes for the stay.




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#7 posted 11-01-2009 09:30 PM

Very nice box Rob. Those hinges do look difficult to install and you have done a good job of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 05:27 AM

Nice combination of wood there Rob & great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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