Sapele Jewelry Box

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Project by SergioC posted 02-06-2011 09:42 PM 2043 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother-in-law hinted strongly that she would love a wood project from me, so I decided on a keepsake/jewelry box. I bought a nice 2” sapele board and made a bandsaw box. When I started, I knew it would be oval-shaped with a curved top, and that I would do some kind of accent inlay. When I oriented the grain of the top, body, and bottom, the box was calling out for a large round accent. The medallion inlay is mun ebony. I dry sanded to 400 and then wet-sanded to 2000 using minwax tung oil finish.

This was the first time I worked with sapele and I love it now. I learned that sapele does not like to be planed or scraped with the grain- I had my best luck sideways, believe it or not. Each band is actually caused by different grain (one band is with the grain, one is against, and so on). I also had to do much more sanding than I usually like to do- I’m more of a hand plane/cabinet scraper than a power sander.

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 11:32 PM

Love the lid, nothing crazy but really sleek. My compliments.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 02:18 AM

very elegant looken box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 04:24 AM

Very pretty. I love sapelle. Very nice work!

-- Sharon, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 09:47 PM

thats a beauty

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 12:10 AM

Looks great! has an excellent form to it. Dynamite.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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