Beads Box

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Project by PurpLev posted 01-04-2011 05:44 PM 3961 views 11 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Box over 2 years in the making. Started with a lot of good intents, but hit a few mental and confidence blocks which extended the build time for what seemed like forever. Finally it is off my workbench!

The box measures 10”w x 10”d x 12”h and is made of Mahogany and striped with Maple for accent which was then resawed to make the box parts. Drawers are Poplar with Oak fronts veneered with Curly Anigre. Knobs are shaped Mahogany cutoffs from the box.

The box is intended for bead jewelry making and will house beads, strings, and lower large drawer is set for tools (pliers/cutters) and may later on include a fitted insert.

Finish is 5 coats of dewaxed shellac mixed with mahogany sawdust to seal the wood followed by 3 coats of oil poly to protect the box as it will see constant use.

When I started the box I was very inspired by GaryK’s Box of Drawers, but it has since then took a life of it’s own according to my own capabilities and capacity.

I will still tweak it slightly as the knobs are extending about 1/32 too far out, and I would like add feet, and raise the lower tier of drawers off the front work surface, but all in all it’s done with and I consider it finished (literally)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 05:49 PM

Looks grand, Sharon!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 05:54 PM

WOW! Don’t show this to my wife! lol. She really could use a better bead holder for her jewelry making hobby. I’ll keep this in mind for a future gift for her. Great work though!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 06:03 PM

I think it came out stunning.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 06:07 PM

Very cool!

And just in time to get working on some Mardi Gras beads….

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

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 06:10 PM

Looking good. 2011 projects off to a good start!

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#6 posted 01-04-2011 06:28 PM

Lookin good nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#7 posted 01-04-2011 06:35 PM

:-) funny I just looked at GaryK `s Box of drawers 1 hour ago
and when I saw your project I thought he had made a smaller one …lol

a good job made there Purplev :-)

take care

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#8 posted 01-04-2011 06:46 PM

Beautiful design and beautiful work

-- Bert

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#9 posted 01-04-2011 06:46 PM

Hi Sharon,

I can see why this project would end up being done in spurts! I’m sure you’re glad it’s done.

Very nice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-04-2011 06:52 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#11 posted 01-04-2011 06:52 PM

Beautiful Sharon!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-04-2011 07:21 PM

Very nice. Great construction and thanks for the blog to walk us through it.

-- Matt -

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#13 posted 01-04-2011 07:29 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 01-04-2011 07:30 PM

Looks great! How did you divide the drawers to keep beads seperate? Been narrowing down the design for the wifess new toolbox for beading, will have to add this to consideration.

-- Brian

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#15 posted 01-04-2011 07:36 PM

Excellent bead chest. I think it came out really great… Those projects that sit on the back burner for a while always seem to turm out great since more time is allowed to think and rethink its design and features.
I know I have had my share of projects that sat for a while.
. When I was a little guy around 12 years old and watching my Dad and Uncle show me how to build a pirogue…I remember my Dad telling me that ”For A Project To Be Great, You Must Be Smarter Than The Wood” so sometimes you just need to step back for a while so your brain can catch up with your tools. Works for me !!!

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