Birdseye Maple jewelry box

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Project by tomd posted 11-02-2010 02:30 AM 4595 views 15 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box made of birdseye maple veneer with black and white stringing, it is not a original design I got it from ” The Book of Boxes” by Andrew Crawford. Although he gives directions on how to make it, I could not follow his method. He uses a lot of hand tools and builds the sides of his box and the forms for the top with a hollow plane, I wouldn’t know a hollow plane if I tripped over it, instead I mainly used power tools. The interior is burgendy velvet.

-- Tom D

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 02:33 AM

Wow this is beautiful, a great design and amazing birds eye. Fantastic top to bottom

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 02:40 AM

Wow very nice

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 02:49 AM

what a beauty you did, i really love the top…very nice , and the inside is perfect..thanks for posting it

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 02:51 AM

Nice job with the power tools. I myself own several non powered tools. Occasionally I clean the rust off of them. They look very nice in my cabinet. This is a great looking Jewelry box. I haven’t progressed to something that nice. How much time did this take?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 02:55 AM

Birds eye make the box look great. The shape of the top adds to the look.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 11-02-2010 02:55 AM

She’s a beaut Tom.

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 02:58 AM

”I wouldn’t know a hollow plane if I tripped over it…”

I couldn’t help but chuckle on that one… That makes two of us…lol

Outstanding work Tom. Beautiful piece….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 03:29 AM

Tom … this is beautiful … bravo!!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 11-02-2010 03:30 AM

Hey Tom,
Really nice job.

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 04:10 AM

However you did it, you sure as heck got it done. Beautiful!

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 04:19 AM

Great job Tom…very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 04:29 AM

Gorgeous box. Love the birdseye maple, the stringing, and the shape. You did a great job even if you didn’t follow the directions.

”I wouldn’t know a hollow plane if I tripped over it…
I couldn’t help but chuckle on that one… That makes two of us…lol”

Now that’s three of us!!!


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#14 posted 11-02-2010 04:56 AM

Your comment about the hollow plane sure made be laugh! You deviated on a few things from Andrew’s, but I think it turned out extremely well. You did a terrific job with the lines and boxwood squares on the curved portions of the box. I like your tray with the center lift very much. The birdseye maple with the blk/wht/blk lines is very striking. Fine work!

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#15 posted 11-02-2010 05:05 AM

Ooooh, is THAT beautiful !!!

Mom wants me to make her a jewelry box, for her 70th, but—to be honest—I’m not sure I could pull this one off.

Five bucks for a used copy of that book. I MAY just have to find out :-)

Totally beautiful job !

-- -- Neil

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