Daughter's first jewlery box

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Project by hodji posted 03-21-2010 09:44 PM 2116 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter’s school was having a convention and woodworking was one of the catagories that my daughter entered. This is the finished project that she took. She seen the jewelry box in the Dec.09 issue of WOOD and we redesigned it to fit our taste. I didn’t have any thick lumber to make the drawer front out of so I bought a chunk of firewood from a yard sale and I don’t know what it is. The drawer fronts and the styles and rails are from the same chunk of firewood does anyone know what it might be? It should be a native wood to the Indiana area and it is a fairly soft hardwood. The top and bottom are made of walnut and the panels are curly maple.

-- God loves you too :-D

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 10:10 PM

wow…lovely curves..and beautifull grain

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 11:33 PM

Beautiful jewelry box

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#3 posted 03-21-2010 11:43 PM

hi great looking jewelry box great craftsmanship love the wood

what is with the dates the dont match up

not trying to offend any one just wondering

branch ok

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#4 posted 03-22-2010 01:10 AM

I’d venture that the front is either Mulberry or KY. Coffee tree. POssibly Ash, or Catalpa. Hard to tell from a monitor they all can resemble each other. Weight, density, smell and porosity are better clues for me.

I’m just down here in KY and have worked with all of them…hmmm…Sassafrass also fits the look.

Excellent work.

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#5 posted 03-22-2010 01:30 AM

Wonderful front grain!


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#6 posted 03-22-2010 01:47 AM

Really very very beautiful jewelry box, wood & finish.

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#7 posted 03-22-2010 02:02 AM

This is one awesome box no matter what the wood is.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 03-22-2010 02:10 AM

Nice jewelry box. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#9 posted 03-22-2010 03:02 AM

Awesome jewelry box with killer grain flowing through a graceful curved front. The F&P sides were a neat touch.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 03-22-2010 03:06 AM

although we can work with wood techniqual devices we fall short in that is a job for the techy jocks. Batteries in the camera were changed and the date is not changed yet!

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#11 posted 03-22-2010 03:35 AM

It is not ash or sassafrass but it worked alot like sassafrass. When I bought the log it was red like cherry, when I milled it turned white like maple, when I finished it turned darker brown with a light red cast. Does this help any on identification?

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 04:05 AM

Beautiful grain. If you hadn’t mentioned that it was a soft hardwood the open grain would almost indicate an elm White elm is hard but I am not sure the stability of Rock elm I have worked with sassafrass and the grain does look similar however it has a distinct odour to it. Any way its a beautiful piece with a great story.

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 04:06 AM

now that’s one elegant box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 03-22-2010 06:48 AM

very nice looking box… love the flow of the wood grain…. well done…

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#15 posted 03-22-2010 12:09 PM

Sweet box…love the curves!

My vote is Red Elm.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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