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Project by Andy posted 11-02-2007 03:22 PM 4492 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this box for my mother and based it on lines of a more traditional jewelry box. It has two sliding trays and a music box.The small box in the bottom ( upper left corner) covers the movement.The body is Cherry with an antiqued Cherry stain.The accents are Purple Heart and Maple.The body is joined with dovetails and the lid has pinned breadboard ends. The finish is lacquer.
The far right picture is the front,a little too plain I think in hindsite. I should have put a lock or medallion on it to break up the expanse a little. Maybe on the next one.
The dimensions are: 13.25w X 7.25h X 7.75 d

OOPS! Do you see the flaw in my joinery? Mom still loves it anyway.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 11-02-2007 03:34 PM

Looks great—no flaws from this admirer!

-- James, SE Michigan, novice sawdust creator

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#2 posted 11-02-2007 03:37 PM

That is one very elegant looking box!

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2007 03:38 PM

that’s a pretty bloody nice looking box!

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

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#4 posted 11-02-2007 03:48 PM

Try as I might I can see no flaw. Splendid attention to detail. How about some front and side photos? I like the routed detail on the front-to-side joins, and the platform top edge. Great box!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 11-02-2007 03:48 PM

That’s beautiful! I see the “flaw,” but would never have noticed if you didn’t tell us to look for it! You are your own worst critic.

-- -- --

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#6 posted 11-02-2007 04:34 PM

The flaw. You must be kidding, I would never see a flaw unless you told me where it is. If you hand made this that the way it was made. That’s not a flaw you made it that way. Right?
By the way nice colors I love the way nature alway goes well together. I just finished two boxes for the young ladies in the family and they don’t look this good.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#7 posted 11-02-2007 05:45 PM

Beautifull box! I love it…I like the sliding draws…great job. I will take a stab at identifying the flaw…It looks like to me that the pins/tails on the front piece are opposite side to side. If you look at the last pic you can see it in the darker dovetails…the right one has more and they are opposite in position from the left ones. Thats a minor mistake that dosnt deter from the quality of the finnished piece. Thats my guess! :@)


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#8 posted 11-02-2007 06:00 PM

Thank you all the applause.
Yes,David (and Peter) the reversed dovetails is the boo boo. I didnt even realize the mistake until I had it finished. That was 7 years ago. I still make mistakes (regularly) but I look for them as I proceed, so they seldom get this far.Here is an end view from my Flickr site.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 11-02-2007 06:29 PM

Reversed or not, those are great looking dovetails and a great looking box!

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#10 posted 11-02-2007 06:50 PM

On a drawer it would be considered a mistake because of the direction of the pull but on a box I don’t think so. Andy, it’s a really great jewlery box. I’ll b et Mom’s proud.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-02-2007 07:11 PM

Don’t change a thing. Its not too plain either. That beautiful box doesn’t need added distractions. I have never seen a breadboard top on a box! That is so cool. I especially love the feet.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 11-02-2007 08:34 PM

I hope my next “flawed” box is half that nice

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

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#13 posted 11-02-2007 09:25 PM

That’s a classic style and the colour is beautiful; you’ve hit on a real antiqued cherry colour. And I like the asymmetrical dividers in the trays. And I like the contrast of timbers you’ve use in the trays. And..

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

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#14 posted 11-03-2007 04:53 AM

This is a classic case of “less is more.” Let the beautiful wood, terrific proportions and great joinery shine. It is a terrific piece and doesn’t need a thing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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

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#15 posted 11-03-2007 06:29 AM

OK, OK, I’m not the only one here, but I just have to say it again, “I just love small wooden boxes!” This one’s a real beauty.

Hope that you don’t mind a suggestion, Argy, I think an already superb box would have been even better had you use one of these rather than the chain.

The finish is very well done – gives the box a rich depth.

As for the dovetail joints, I don’t think it matters which way around you place the tails on a box. The joint is primarily decorative on a box and not for strength as in a drawer. So it’s your choice!

Nicely done, Mate!

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

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