Small Jewelry Box with Penguin Engraving

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Project by itsme_timd posted 2419 days ago 3225 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Here it is, my entry for the woodworking awards ‘Not Just Any Box’. This is my first jewelry box and by no means is it flawless craftsmanship, however I am darn proud of it and thought the penguin top was a pretty cool idea. I made this for my wife as a Christmas gift – she collects everything penguin she can get her hands on.

I used inkjet T-Shirt transfer paper to print the penguin pattern – flipped horizontally – and then ironed that right on the wood. I then used my Dremel to carve out the design and the overage on the iron-on paper sands off easily. For the finish I used ebony stain and amber shellac. I couldn’t find a white oil-based stain so I thinned some enamel paint for the white parts. I also used amber shellac and finishing wax.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 2419 days ago

wow…very cool…would love to see more of the inside…

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2419 days ago

I love the tray with the handles built in, and the inlay is nice as well. Good luck, Tim

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 2419 days ago

Pretty cool! The engraving very nice.

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

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#4 posted 2419 days ago

That is cool! Nice touch with the tray, too.

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#5 posted 2419 days ago

((drum roll))
This is wonderful!!! What a special box. LOVE the penguins. Brilliant.

Nice job!!! Good Luck with the Awards

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 2419 days ago

Another great box!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 2419 days ago

Beautiful wood and nice work.

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

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#8 posted 2401 days ago

Every box I make is a learning experience. I think that is one of the reasons I just love small wooden boxes. Very nice work. Keep it up.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 2399 days ago

Very nice !!

Good Luck!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 2372 days ago

Looks great!!!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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