Sewing box in walnut and lacewood

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 09-21-2007 12:15 AM 4259 views 30 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many Lumberjocks, my favourite things are boxes. This is my wife’s sewing box and it’s one of her favourite things. The Lacewood is, I believe, quarter sawn London Plane (Platanus x hispanica?). There appear to be other timbers with that same name. I used the Leigh jig for the dovetail joints.

The design is very strongly influenced by a box in one of those lovely Fine Woodworking Design books. Many thanks to whoever made that one.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 09-21-2007 12:23 AM

very nice latches…great ideas…beautiful wood that I’ve never seen.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 09-21-2007 12:39 AM

oh what a treasure!!

I think sewing boxes are grandchildren’s favourite treasure boxes. This is an exceptional treasure

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 09-21-2007 12:46 AM

Stunning. I too love the latches. The wood is also awesome. Your wife is one lucky woman.

Thanks for the look.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 09-21-2007 01:07 AM

This is a great box! It gives me an idea for a box. Having four sides lacewood with halfblinds to walnut corner pieces. Yours is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 09-21-2007 01:25 AM


Great looking box. Nice job on the dovetail joinery.

-- John

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#6 posted 09-21-2007 02:43 AM

I love it! Great looking sewing box. The wood is gorgeous too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 09-21-2007 04:33 AM

Beautiful Stewart!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 09-21-2007 05:42 AM

Cool…love the latches.

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#9 posted 09-21-2007 05:49 AM

Great sewing box Stewart.

There are so many things on LJ that we keep saying I want to make one of them.

And your chest is no exception. A great tribute to a great box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 09-21-2007 07:08 AM

Wow, that is some nice work and some stunning wood!

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#11 posted 09-21-2007 07:35 AM

Sew what? I can’t help but say it, “I just love small wooden boxes”, particularly when as beautifully crafted as this one. You can bet, Stewart, that one version or another of this great looking latch will appear on a number of small boxes, perhaps even one of mine.

Nice work, great craftsmanship.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#12 posted 09-21-2007 11:14 AM

Stewart that is an absolutely beautiful box. Well designed and executed. I’m with everyone else – I like the wooden hasp/keeper design.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 09-21-2007 01:44 PM

Not that it hasn’t been said already but, those are great latches, and are those wooden hinges I see in the back there?

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#14 posted 09-21-2007 02:28 PM

great project ! you do nice work !

Welcome to lj’s !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 09-21-2007 03:29 PM

Fantastic box! Like everyone else, the latches are what REALLY bowl me over!

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

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