Inlaid Jewelry box

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Project by NewPickeringWdWrkr posted 1297 days ago 1646 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a Jewelry box for the LOML. Made of Ash and Walnut, I inlaid a Calla Lilly from quartersawn curly maple into the top. It also has a raised panel bottom giving it a floating appearance (pic 3).

This was my first box and my first attempt at inlay

Calla Lilly was chosen because that was what her wedding bouquet was made up of on one of the 2 happiest days of my life. The stem was burned into the walnut.

For the process of making the box, I used the 4 corner match process for both the outside of the box and the removable tray.

Finish is several coats of super blonde shellac rubbed out with brown paper. I had to give it to her on Christmas day prior to finishing. My garage is too cold and had to use my laundry room. No way she wouldn’t have seen it if I tried to finish it before hand :) She loved it and enjoyed seeing the before and after finishing look.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#1 posted 1297 days ago

Very nice box Mike.. nice results from two first attempts.. I am looking forward to seeing what the next box will bring out..


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#2 posted 1297 days ago

Love that, very elegant, nice work!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 1297 days ago

very nice looken box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 1297 days ago

Very well done.

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

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#5 posted 1297 days ago

Great Job Mike, first-time or anytime!!
I’ll bet you can’t make just one… :)

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

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#6 posted 1297 days ago

Very attractive box Mike. your wife has to love it. The inlay really came out well too. Altogether a total success, and as Mike (Littlecope) implies, it will now be hard to stop making more boxes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 1297 days ago

Mike I think the box looks great and that you did a nice job on it.

-- 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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#8 posted 1297 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments.

Mike & Mike, you’re probably right, but I would like to get my hands on a couple of 1/8” grooving planes or the plans to make the trays. It would be so much better than using 1/4” bottoms for the trays.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#9 posted 1296 days ago

looks awesome! my next box making excursion needs to include some trays.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL,

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#10 posted 1296 days ago

Beautiful work Mike. The detail is terrific. A very classy box… love it.

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

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#11 posted 1295 days ago

Nice Box, I like your color combination, style and elegance is shown in your work, for a first attempt this box is very excellent, I can’t wait to see what is in store for the future, I too fight the cold in the winter, your dedication has paid off with a real success, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 1290 days ago

Thanks for your comments. I guess in retrospect, if I were to do it again, I would look for some White Holly to make the inlay. I just had never heard of it before lol.

But hindsight is 20-20! :)

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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