Purple Heart & Curly maple Jewelery Box

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Project by Maveric777 posted 01-27-2011 03:53 PM 3298 views 34 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece I made for a coworker to give to her daughter. Her only request was a nice jewelery box with “J” on top. I honestly struggled with the “J” part. I racked my brain on how to do it, make it timeless, and not be cheesy. It took me a bit but I finally decided on a design.

Once I figured out what I wanted to accomplish I stewed on how to pull it off. I came up with this idea “Uncharted Territory... My First Inlay & How I Did It”. Basically I used clear epoxy with purple heart saw dust to get the exact color match. I was really tickled how it worked out. I will also note…. It wasn’t a quick process…lol

The main box is purple heart with some very pretty figured maple as my accent. I left the right side of the box open to accommodate things like large bracelets or what not. I also went back to the ever fun quadrant hinges (I just thought they where fun in walnut… They are a blast in the super dense purple heart….lol).

Once the piece was just about right I put one coat of finish on it then took the box down to my local leather shop and was able to match up some nice leather. I really enjoy my trips to the leather shop. Really good folks there.

I finished this piece up with 4 soaks of Danish Oil with light sanding between coats. Then let cure for roughly 2 weeks before adding “Many” coats of Renaissance wax.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 03:56 PM

WHOA DUDE! WHOA!! This is freaking outragous! GREAT JOB!!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 04:00 PM

one word Dan Awesome, kool, incredible, amazing, very very nice, nifty inlay.
ok, more than one word

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 04:21 PM

Holy guacamole, Batman! That’s fantastic!

The best part was going back and looking at your blog on the inlay. I honestly had never seen or thought of that technique, and now I really want to give it a try.

Absolutely stunning, Dan.

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

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 04:36 PM

Hey Dan,
That is just beautiful. I am humbled.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 04:38 PM

it’s very very nice , looking great with combination of two colors

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 04:45 PM

Beautiful Dan, Not quite sure what to say other than I only hope to be that good someday!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 05:26 PM

Beautiful Box Dan.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 05:29 PM

Beautiful box. I really like the inlay.

Great job.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 06:16 PM

I like this box a lot. The purpleheart works nicely here as the primary wood. Too often, when purpleheart is used as one of several accent woods, the color is distracting rather than complimentary. Here it works really well. Your choice of the maple lid insert works too, particularly with the inlay used to pull it together with the primary wood. The inlay is important to the total effect in a way a plain lid would not. Your choice to carry the curly maple to the interior, and the craftsmanship of the complex interior is right on. And a box this nice deserves the quadrant hinges. The lid lift solution is subtle and appropriate, and provides just the right level of interest to the front. My compliments. A lovely and balanced box design, very well executed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 06:26 PM

Simply stunning. Wonderful job.

-- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity….

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 06:39 PM

Dan, this is stupendously beautiful! ( is that a word ) .....whatever, just plain outstanding!

This is truly a masterpiece and I echo everything that Roger said. Wood combination, balance, design, finish, details….... it’s all there, done to perfection!

Thanks again for taking the time to present such a wonderful blog with great instructions, I will be attempting this in the near future I believe.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 06:47 PM

Dan, you get my favorite compliment(to receive), You do nice work.

This stunning box is an embodiment of the “less is more” school. Simple and elegant.

Nice work!!

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

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 07:23 PM

Gorgeous box. Your attention to detail is something to behold! Great work.

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 07:24 PM

Beautifully done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#15 posted 01-27-2011 07:49 PM

Great job and beautifully done. Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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