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Project by MattinCincy posted 1288 days ago 2570 views 39 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my sisters’ boyfriends commissioned me to build her a jewelry box for her birthday and this is the result. Quartersawn sycamore with a solid walnut bookmatched top sliced from a small scrap that I almost threw away with some other offcuts I had laying around – glad I didn’t! The removable tray is walnut and the box is lined with black velvet.

The inspiration for the shape of the finger lift cutout and the curved friction fit dividers (thanks, Andy!) came from the “V” shape formed by the bookmatched top – I think it all works pretty well together.

The finishing was a little challenging. I always experiment with scraps while I’m working on a box to work out a finishing technique – for me, it’s important to not have any surprises when I put down a finish on a piece – I have too much invested to make a mistake at that point. In this case, I’m glad I did. I wanted to maintain the contrast between the light (sapwood?) and dark (heartwood?) stripe running around the body of the box. But when i put a coat of oil on to highlight the figure, it darkened the lighter part so much that it almost totally blended in with the dark part. To solve that, I applied a coat of shellac first and then sanded thoroughly with 320 grit back to bare wood. This effectively sealed the sapwood grain so it was similar to the heartwood but still allowed oil to penetrate. I followed that with a coat of BLO, then several more coats of shellac. Finally, after sanding with 600 to level the surface and going over the whole thing with 0000 steel wool, I applied 2 coats of Renaissance Wax. A silky, lustrous finish.

-- Wag more, bark less.





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christopheralan

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#1 posted 1288 days ago

WOW! Amazing box with great attention do detail on the theme and shape! Well done! Thanks for posting!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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jeepturner

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#2 posted 1288 days ago

Great Box, I like the relief for the finger, the shape does go with the top. I also like the continuous grain on that convex surface.

I have seen lots of sycamore used and I think I need to find a couple of pieces of it.

-- Mel,

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David175

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#3 posted 1288 days ago

thats just beautiful

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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WWilson

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#4 posted 1288 days ago

You sir, are a true craftsman. Your work speaks for itself! Thanks for posting!

-Will

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Popsnsons

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#5 posted 1288 days ago

Nice detail. Great work!

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 1288 days ago

Spectacular!

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

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 1288 days ago

Bravo on this one, it just a wonderful build.

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matt garcia

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#8 posted 1288 days ago

Gorgeous!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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ChuckC

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#9 posted 1288 days ago

Awesome box!

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Dedvw

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#10 posted 1288 days ago

Awesome work. I would love to make something close your box. How did you make the miter joints curve on the sides? Did you miter, then curve with hand planes, or something different?

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TJ65

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#11 posted 1288 days ago

beautiful.
nice lines inside and out

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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tomd

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#12 posted 1288 days ago

Very nicely done, great box.

-- Tom D

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davegalesr

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#13 posted 1288 days ago

Great design and excellent choice of woods. Quartersawn sycamore is beautiful stuff – I have several sycamore trees in the back 40 and there is a fairly large one that will be coming down soon. I will try quartersawing some of it.

-- Dave Gale, Grover, NC

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Ken90712

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#14 posted 1288 days ago

This is one great box! Love the “V” notches and the book match is perfect. The shape of this is so soft that anyone who recieves this as a gift will be thrilled.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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stefang

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#15 posted 1288 days ago

Fantastic box Martin. Great design and build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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