My first jewelery box circa 1975

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Project by Bearpie posted 08-12-2010 03:07 AM 1505 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

15” W x 11” D x 5 1/2” H

I made this jewelery box from recycled wood that machinery were crated in shipped from Singapore. I do not know what this wood is but it is one of the hardest wood I have ever worked with and took almost forever to get it sanded smooth! I put (if I remember right) 10 coats of polyurethane varnish on this box. The polyurethane was left over from hardwood floor coatings so I decided to use it up. It is lined with felt wrapped around hard cardboard for dividers and liners. I must say that it still looks terrific after 35 years, yes there are a few light minor scratches and the hinges are a bit tarnished and there is a crack in the center of the bottom board (I guess from humidity changes over the years) However I think it has held up better than I did over the same period of time!

Enjoy looking, Critiques won’t matter on this one cause I am not going to change anything on this!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 03:38 AM

I like it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 04:24 AM

hell,,i’m impressed you still have it after 35 years..looks great..I couldn’t tell you where the jewelry box’s are I gave away over the years. Great work

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 04:38 AM

I would say it has definitely aged well!

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

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 05:26 AM

A real classic beauty! Very very nice!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 07:25 AM

From the photos it looks as good as the day it was built. Really nice job on it, and recycled materials are always good.

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

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 12:59 PM

You’ve come a long way, Baby…still looks good..purpleheart maybe? (amaranth) that stuff can be brutally hard…

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 01:04 PM

sweet work nice job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 07:02 PM

Thanks for your nice comments.

Michelletwo: No this is definitely not purple heart, just about as hard if not harder and I do not know about amaranth as I have never seen this to my knowledge.


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 02:52 AM

Nice job – it still looks great after 35 years. I wouldn’t begin to hazard a guess on the wood – from Singapore, it could be a lot of different exotics.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#10 posted 08-14-2010 03:47 AM

I really love this, Erwin! I was just tabbing through the project pages and it really caught my eye. The beautiful simplicity of the design and the incredible finish look just awesome. I used to use crates from the grocery store for some of my early paintings and scrollings. It just goes to show that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

I am really glad you shared this with us. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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