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Project by MikeB posted 1159 days ago 1737 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jewelry box for my 16-year-old daughter. I’ve only recently started woodworking (less than one year ago), and I’ve tried to be aggressive and stretch myself with each project I undertake. This was pretty aggressive for me. It wasn’t just my first time working with inlay, it was the first time I had ever used a router. I also installed a full mortise lock which was a little tricky.

My daughter was thrilled which, of course, makes it so worthwhile.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 1159 days ago

This is a beautiful box. I love the inlay and the wood.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Bob Bonham

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#2 posted 1159 days ago

Great Job!

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LarryN

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#3 posted 1159 days ago

if this is what your turning out when your pretty much just starting I cant wait to see what you post in the future. nice job!!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#4 posted 1159 days ago

Outstanding! Love the banding work on this… Makes the box go from a nice to WoW! Keep up the great work and keep pushing yourself…. Looks to me you are very well on your way….. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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bigike

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#5 posted 1159 days ago

very nice everything came out saweeeeeeeeet.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Walt M.

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#6 posted 1159 days ago

Very nice job

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1159 days ago

Great job for a lot of firsts!

What method did you use to make the channel for the inlay? Making a rectangle of inlay within one face of a box is pretty intimidating.

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

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Matt Stauffer

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#8 posted 1159 days ago

Yes, that is really a nice looking box. Great job.

-- Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. --- Psalm 39:5

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 1159 days ago

Perfect, looks really nice. I’m sure she loved it!!!!! Keep it up.

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

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steliart

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#10 posted 1159 days ago

excellent job on the inlay for the first time

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1159 days ago

Nice job on it, I’m sure she is happy.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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abie

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#12 posted 1159 days ago

Great job.
I ‘ve been streeching myself for 5 years now, am retired and nothing like this yet.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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ND2ELK

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#13 posted 1159 days ago

Beautiful looking box. Very nicely done. I have a 12 year old granddaughter would like something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Don

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#14 posted 1159 days ago

That’s some really nice work. Especially for a rookie.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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MikeB

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#15 posted 1159 days ago

Thanks to all for the very kind comments.

Charlie – I learned the technique from a video How to Inlay a Banding with a Router at InlayBanding.com. (A little shout-out to Matt Furjanic at InlayBanding.com. Not only are his products of exquisite quality, Matt is a genuinely nice guy who is willing to patiently answer the numerous questions posed by an enthusiastic novice.) He has a new five-part video on installing inlay in a walnut box, but I have not viewed it yet. My biggest challenge was to avoid routing past the corner of the channel (which I did several times). I just took his technique and extended it to all five sides, then cut the top of the box off.

Abie – I think I learned an important insight about dressing up a project: beautiful inlay banding and nice hardware can distract the eye from pretty average workmanship.

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