Handmade Memory Box - Rolls Royce Engine

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Project by Wheathills posted 1600 days ago 3113 views 10 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Memory Box was commissioned by a wife for her husband’s 70th birthday. it was a surprise (the box not the birthday!)

Her husband was one of the design team who created the Rolls Royce RB211 engine, here in Derby.
(His favourite tree is Oak)

Box of Burr Tiger Oak, banded in Macassar Ebony and strung in chequer stringing finished to the edges in boxwood stringing throughout.

The lift up lid is decorated with a marquetry design of coloured sycamore of interesting grains and in the form of a RB 211 \Rolls Royce Engine, enclosing an internal oak tray. The fins of the engine have been ‘sand scorched’ to achieve the desired effect.
A central storage compartment with a tilting lid, itself decorated with a brightly coloured marquetry panel of similar timber in the form of a closed book embossed with the RR logo on the spine, supporting two quills and an inkwell and on open book with the Bristol University motto

All surfaces are traditionally hand French polished with lemon shellac, burnished with an oil and beeswax composition. The underside of the box is upholstered in suede.

The chap was really thrilled.

I’d like to thank you for all prevous comments made, I always show them to the Cabinet Makers and French Polishers here. The customers are always thrilled with the handmade furniture and Memory Boxes we have made, but there’s nothing quite like being appreciated by a fellow ‘jock’.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#1 posted 1600 days ago

An incredible piece of craftsmanship!

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#2 posted 1600 days ago

Wow!! Stunning Job, my Friend!! Every detail Breathtaking… Thank you so much for sharing this marvelous piece!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 1600 days ago

Very beautiful box….. incredible job thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 1600 days ago

This has got to be one of the ( if not ) the best looking box i have ever seen, the workmanship is outstanding.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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#5 posted 1600 days ago

WH; Your box is stunning. The engine looks 3D! Are the turbine blades sand heated to darken for shadowing?
Thanks to you for sharing this unique and very appealing work.

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#6 posted 1600 days ago

thanks for sharing this it is a work of art

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#7 posted 1600 days ago

That’s enough to make me want to use all of my boxes for firewood!

Truly a spectacular piece of woodworking. You should be very proud of it.

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

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#8 posted 1600 days ago

wow!....this is a fantastic box.
The more I see box of the fine art & craft work like this, the more I realize I have coutless things to learn.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 1600 days ago

Thawaaapppppp…...thats the sound of my jaw hitting the floor

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#10 posted 1600 days ago

great box. Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 1600 days ago

amazing box. Thanks for sharing

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#12 posted 1600 days ago

Wow this is an eye poper a real wonderful piece ,very well done

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#13 posted 1600 days ago

Absolutly amazing

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#14 posted 1600 days ago

Absolutley amazing. Great box. the “chap” certainly should be thrilled.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#15 posted 1599 days ago

Wow. That is so beautiful and unique. It’s the best box I’ve ever seen.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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