Sewing box in walnut and lacewood

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 2525 days ago 3444 views 27 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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago


Great looking box. Nice job on the dovetail joinery.

-- John

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#6 posted 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

Beautiful Stewart!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2525 days ago

Cool…love the latches.

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#9 posted 2525 days ago

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 †

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#10 posted 2525 days ago

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

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#11 posted 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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 2525 days ago

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

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

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