Christmas Box

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 01-07-2008 12:56 AM 2778 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a little box I made for my wife for Christmas. It bottom is made from mahogany and the top is of curly red oak. I inlayed a leaf and stem on the top, and left it a little proud instead of sanding it flush. I have been trying to improve on my inlay work. The handle I turned from walnut and then I dyed it black. The box is finished is finshed with tung oil and poly mixed equally.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#1 posted 01-07-2008 01:03 AM

Nice box. The inlay is very cool.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-07-2008 01:07 AM

Sweet little box, Greg.. Nice job on the handle, too.

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

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 01:14 AM

I also like the inlay. Great box.

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 01:17 AM

Beautiful box. And I can’t see anything wrong with the inlay. Your a real talented guy. You must turn pens also or have a mini lathe. Guess I’d better get busy. I have now got my shop pretty much done just have to get the storage area’s done. And now I think I have learned how to make a blog so no more excuses.
Good hearing from you
Dennis Mitchell

-- DeputyDawg

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#5 posted 01-07-2008 01:54 AM

Very nice! ...but we would love more pictures!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 01-07-2008 01:56 AM

Great design and on the inlays. A nice project for the wife. The top grain is fantastic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-07-2008 02:00 AM

Nice joinery Greg. Great inlay.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-07-2008 02:49 AM

great job on the box . the handle is extra sweet ! great work

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#9 posted 01-07-2008 03:55 AM

Very elegant and simple design topped off with the beautiful inlay and hand-turned handle. What would it have looked like with a smaller handle so it wouldn’t compete with your inlay. Just wondering if you considered that? Wood selection is really nice. Keep up the good work.


-- Terry

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#10 posted 01-07-2008 04:08 AM

Very nice work, Greg! I’ll bet your wife loved it too. That book-matched top is beautiful.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 01-07-2008 04:19 AM

That is a fine box. I like the inlay and the handle.

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#12 posted 01-07-2008 04:30 AM

looks great!!! I love that you turned the handle as well…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 01-07-2008 03:32 PM

I bet she loved it, looks great. What are you making for next Christmas :) 353 days left

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 01-07-2008 03:44 PM


-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 01-07-2008 07:10 PM

Nice work, beautiful wood. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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