Jewelry Box

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Project by Blake posted 10-19-2007 04:43 AM 3461 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of the earlier jewelry boxes I made. The sides are maple and the top is highly figured mahogany with purple heart accents. Inside is a sliding/lift-out tray. The mahogany was hell to work with. Even my best hand scraper could not shave the hairy surface smooth. My only option was to sand forever and varnish heavily. But when you walk past it the figure appears to move like dancing flames. I have ten more feet of that mahogany because it was the same price as the regular straight-grained stuff so I bought the whole board. The miter keys are also purple heart.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 10-19-2007 04:49 AM

Another great use of wood! Another great box!

What kind of hardware do you use?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 10-19-2007 04:55 AM

WOW !! That is really nice! We see a lot of different styles and executions here. I really like this combination.

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#3 posted 10-19-2007 05:17 AM

The execution of the splines in the lid is amazing. I’m tuned into the miter keys right now since I just finished my first project where I used them. Nice completion with the figured mahogany. I love it.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 10-19-2007 05:19 AM

Great box. What material did you use in the trays?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-19-2007 08:44 AM

That top is gorgeous – of course the rest of the box is pretty nice too. I like the mirror and sliding divider.

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

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 11:30 AM

that’s awesome!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 10-19-2007 03:31 PM

This is a nice looking box with excellent design. Simple, yet elegant.

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

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#8 posted 10-19-2007 03:44 PM

Great box. I don’t know if you’ve met Don yet, but he’s gonna love you. :-)

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

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#9 posted 10-19-2007 03:52 PM

Beautiful box! I can’t believe I beat Don here.

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

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#10 posted 10-19-2007 05:56 PM

The tray is mahogany.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 10-20-2007 03:46 AM

Wow. Another stunner. Terrific craftsmanship and wonderful design Blake.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 10-20-2007 06:54 AM

The long time to sand really paid off on this one. It turned out great Blake.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#13 posted 10-25-2007 12:44 AM

OK – OK, I can’t blame my wonky knee forever so I just dropped by to tell my mate Blake that, like his wife, I just love this box – but I guess no one is surprised, because I just love small wooden boxes!

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

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#14 posted 04-23-2008 11:27 PM

This is really nice, as is project 3143.

Question … did you do anything special to “pop” the figure before applying a top coat?

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#15 posted 04-24-2008 01:31 AM

Nice box. The lid has turned out great.

-- Bob

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