Anna's Jewelry Box

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Project by travisowenfurniture posted 1278 days ago 2117 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jewelry box for my wife. It is made with cherry, spalted white oak, maple, and spalted mahogany. The lid was coopered with a “round plane” I fashioned from grinding down the iron of an old transitional plane and shaping it’s wooden sole to match to an even curve. I went through three different designs before landing with the coopered top. I had a few small boards of this weathered spalted mahogany which was filled with worm holes. Most of it was too funky to use, but what I was able to salvage was a delight to shape. The pin that holds the lid closed is ebony. The box is finished with oil, polish and wax. The lid is french polished.

All the wood was found on pallets.


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#1 posted 1278 days ago

That is a stunning box. I love the lid and the fact that it’s two pieces – a very clever and attractive design. Would you post photos of the “round plane” that you fashioned?

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#2 posted 1278 days ago

Great looking box and I also love the lid.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#3 posted 1278 days ago

Very artistic box I like the mix. please! show pic’s. of the round plane? thanks! Also could you please! get some close pic’s. of the pallet table and underneath also? thanks!

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#4 posted 1278 days ago

Wow. All on pallets! All I ever see is pine :(

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#5 posted 1278 days ago

Very nice job, I like the cooper lid. I like the fact that you used reclaimed materials. I too use pallets, old flooring, crates headed off to the dump, and diseased trees that the city had removed. The only bad thing is, we cringe when we see usefull lumber headed to the landfill and we have no way of retrieving it.

Great job, I also like your obscure cabinet with drawers. Look forward in seeing your future projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 1278 days ago

Mtkate – If there are any lumber yards or mills or any plant nearby that manufactures anything out of wood, they’ll likely have some hardwood pallets. I have heard that Sears sometimes gets things in mahogany crates. Just keep your eyes and ears open for “waste” wood and I’m sure you’ll come up on some. Ask around too, you’d be surprised what you may find out.

Richard – I do cringe. I also regret not being able to afford a portable mill for all those trees put into the shredder or burned! I’d also love to get some old barn wood or flooring.

Everyone else – Thank you for the wonderful comments! I will try and get some more photos of the laminated oak table.


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#7 posted 1278 days ago

wow you have made a beautiful box for your wife…i just love it…love the coopered top and the latch…wonderful job..great dovetails also…great wood choices also…just all around wonderful box…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 1278 days ago

What a great design I just love that lid.
And even better it all from reclaimed timber

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 1278 days ago

great looken box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 1278 days ago

Well done, beautiful box!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 1277 days ago

WoooAWow. That is a beautifull box.

Well done!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 1277 days ago

This is a unique and beautifully made jewelery box and as most have pointed out, the coopered lid makes the piece ! It is attention to details that often make something stand out from the rest and and it is no exception with this design and finished work ! From pallet wood to boot, very cool and out of the box thinking on this one !

Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the next one ? ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#13 posted 1277 days ago

Very artful and original box Travis. I loved the curved top and the woods you used were perfect together.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 1277 days ago

I like the whole feel of this piece. Really like the clasp on the top…. Very cool!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 1277 days ago

This is great! The top has some wonderful wood to accent that nice shape.
Outstanding piece.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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