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Project by TheHarr posted 1342 days ago 1977 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made eight of these jewelry boxes from Philippine mahogany
and bubinga. The brass latch is Brusso. I made the feet,
lid support and inlays from brass bar stock. I wanted these
boxes to be special for my daughter and her cousins, so I made
cutouts and placed flash drives inside to hold family pictures
and short videos. It also contains a list of cousins and their
numbered box. My intention is to make family heirlooms that
my daughter and her cousins can enjoy for years to come; long
after I’m gone. I hope they will bring back fond memories
and encourage them to stay in touch through the generations.
It would be interesting to know how long these boxes last and
where they wind up. That’s something I’ll never know. I hope
my intentions are understood and appreciated.

-- The wood is good.





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TheHarr

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#1 posted 1342 days ago

Here is a link to my UTube video making finger joints—enjoy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55gnujMC254

-- The wood is good.

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gul

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#2 posted 1342 days ago

Very nice work.Your intentions will be understood and I am sure the love and excitement you feel about gifting out your work,will be well recognized too.

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RS Woodworks

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#3 posted 1342 days ago

Very very nice boxes indeed! I love the combination of mahogany and bubinga. Well done.
Can you explain a bit about how to make the curved tops?

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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TheHarr

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#4 posted 1342 days ago

Reply to ryan. I made the arched panels using two pieces of 1/8” bending board with bubinga veneer on the top and bottom. They are glued together as a laminate and pressed in a vacuume press. I made an arched form just for this purpose. I’ve made about 20 arch panels ,so far, and have revised and improved the procedure as I went. They are difficult to make. I have a series of slides (@20) that I can post that will show you exactially how it is done. If there is an option for posting these pictures, I can upload them that will describe the process in detail. Thanks’s for asking.

-- The wood is good.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 1342 days ago

These boxes are very good accomplishment and they are beautiful and you should certainly be proud of them and rightly so.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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twokidsnosleep

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#6 posted 1342 days ago

They look great and will be appreciated by your family forever

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Chip

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#7 posted 1342 days ago

Very beautiful boxes. Family heirlooms for sure!

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

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 1342 days ago

Great job and I like the your label with the pic! The round top is a great look!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Mark Blomster

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#9 posted 1342 days ago

Gorgeous boxes! The attention to detail is exquisite. The bubinga is fantastic. Nice work!

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RS Woodworks

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#10 posted 1342 days ago

Thanks theHarr, Id love to see the process pics!
You can just add them in a reply by clicking on the image icon above the writing area. I think you can add 10 at a time. I’d love to see them!

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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TJ65

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#11 posted 1342 days ago

Beautiful
They are very fine looking and the top looks wonderful.
I am sure they will be treasured for a very long time.
If you wanted to show the process you could do so in a blog and then just have it linked here. As it is a bit easier to do in there.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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Rob_n_Wood

109 posts in 1954 days


#12 posted 1341 days ago

As a person who enjoys woodworking and family genealogy this is a project that I can truly appreciate
thanks for taking the time to post this it is quite the inspiration on all levels great job !!!!

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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Jack Barnhill

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#13 posted 1341 days ago

Very nice jewelry boxes for the girls. I have been looking to do something similar. I hope you don’t mind if I count your design among those being considered. Please let me know if you do mind. BTW what are the dimensions of the boxes.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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TheHarr

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#14 posted 1340 days ago

I just posted two blogs that show how the arch panels are laminated and the vacumme procedure.
Enjoy.

-- The wood is good.

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tomd

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#15 posted 1338 days ago

Terrific boxes, very nicely done.

-- Tom D

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