Refit, After 25 Years

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Project by shipwright posted 12-01-2010 02:37 AM 2449 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 25 years ago I built this little jewelry box for my wife. I was a busy guy back then and it probably got my attention for an afternoon. I was building boats back then and wasn’t what you would call into little stuff like this. To make a long story short, She put up with it for lo, these 25 years until a few weeks before her recent birthday when I asked her what she wanted. She said “Why don’t you fix up that old jewelry box for me?” I was a bit ashamed of how Q & D it was originally made (who knew we’d last 30 years?) so I agreed. This is the result, before and after. The finish is a work in progress at the moment. It will be rubbed out and polished eventually. (I’m thinking in less than 25 years) Materials are Teak (original), Paduk, Arbutus, and Maple (new)

Anyway this is what you do when you’re “Still crazy after all these years”.... and I am.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 03:02 AM

Grear remake on the box…I know your wife will be good for another 30 years…at least !

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 03:12 AM

Nice re-fit. And congratulations on the long haul. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 03:12 AM

lol….great story…your wife is quite patient!!! as for me I will be building one boat for 25 years so I think you were pretty productive in that time!

the box is brilliant!

dont forget those TAGS: “jewelry box”, types of wood…(as suggestions)...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 03:33 AM

Hey Paul,
Sweet job for a sweet LADY.

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 03:40 AM

I’m having a hard time figuring out if you made a whole new box or retrofitted the old one with new components! Whatever you did, it looks really good and I like that you added a heart to symbolize your love. You didn’t say if your wife liked the remake but I am assuming she did or you wouldn’t be around to post this? ;-) I award this a gold star!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 03:46 AM

Beautiful…and a great story! Thanks for sharing.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 03:52 AM

Yea! Happy Wife. Time to do a happy dance.

I just came up from the shop. I was working on a box for my wife. It has been in progress for quite a while. Best I get it done.

Yours looks fantastic. You do very good work. The box looks great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 03:58 AM

She’s a beauty !

Very nice work.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 04:22 AM

Thanks all.

Erwin, It’s the same old box, I just “tarted her up a bit”.

Neil, Yes she is and she likes the box too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 05:17 AM

Paul, Just saw your post on the jewelry box. She’s a lovely box and a nice story to go with it. Your finer woodworking talents have developed nicely in 25 years. I appreciate both very much.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 05:42 AM

Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 06:09 AM

Wow, that is beautiful. I’m building my first jewelry box right now and this is quite inspiring. I love the hinges

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 07:17 AM

What a great box. Such a great example of so many techniques, I really like seeing it all work so well together. And congrats on the re-do!

-- Strong enemies make stronger friends

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 08:56 AM

It’s hard to believe it’s the same box. Great redo.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 12:22 PM

Great “Beta” Version, Paul!!
Congratulations to both of you for your thirty years!! And Best Wishes for thirty more!! Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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