Gem boxes

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Project by Gregg M. posted 09-22-2016 02:59 PM 1184 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am doing my first craft show and I needed some things to try and sell. Since I had a lot of scrape wood sitting around (and some firewood), I decided to make simple boxes that could serve are a ring box, candy dish or just a decorative box. I found an article on Fine woodworking from a book entitle basic box making. The design was simple and pleasing to the eye. So I cut up the firewood and starting mixing and matching. Most of the boxes are finished with shellac and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal or just Arm-A-Seal in both satin and a semi-gloss finish. There are about 5 coats of finish on each each. I cut up a foam board insert and hot glue some material for the bottoms.

Woods used: ash, spalted maple, cherry, ambrosia maple, walnut, padauk, bubinga, wenge

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 09-22-2016 03:34 PM

Mighty fine work. Love all the contrasts…especially the splines.
That must’ve been some mighty fine looking firewood, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 09-22-2016 04:08 PM

I recognize those, Doug Stowe!

People do like to buy those and it is indeed a great way to use up scraps or show off small pieces of figured wood.
You should do well!

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#3 posted 09-22-2016 05:04 PM

Those are gorgeous….wOw..

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 05:16 PM

Pretty sweet!

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 06:03 PM

Beautiful splines. I like angled top edges. Nice colours too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-22-2016 06:13 PM

That’s a very nice collection of boxes. I hope the craft show works out great for you.

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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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#7 posted 09-22-2016 07:59 PM

Great looking boxes. I’m with Gene, the splines are a really nice touch.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#8 posted 09-22-2016 09:07 PM

Nice boxes, Gregg. I hope you do well with the at the show!!Iit is getting to be that season for ahows again!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 09-22-2016 10:12 PM

Really nice work. And thanks for the inspiration. Now I know what I can do with some of my growing scrap pile.

-- Dennis in Kenmore, WA -- So much wood, so little time.

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#10 posted 09-22-2016 11:02 PM

Great job. I worked in a jewelry store for 10 years and we always had customers asking for nicer boxes than the white fake leather that we offered. Just out of curiousity, what price are you asking for these? I will also be interested in hearing how you did at the craft show with these.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 09-23-2016 12:52 AM

Very fine looking set of boxes! Nice use of scraps, and I’m sure they’ll be a hit at the show!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 09-23-2016 09:32 AM

They are gems themselves!

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#13 posted 09-24-2016 05:02 AM

The splines are a nice touch.The boxes look great…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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