'Pretty box ' syndrome

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My mom suffers from ‘pretty box syndrome’. You could give her used chewing gum, but if it’s wrapped up in a ‘pretty box’- she’ll absolutely love it. So I decided to make her a permanent ‘pretty box’ for christmas.

The box is curly maple. The ribbon is lacewood veneer. Bow is some laminated mahogany. The laminations make it look like there is some figure going on in the bow. (Just lucked out on that part.) Instead of fighting each other, the different wood figure seems to complement each other. Don’t think this shows up quite as well in pictures as in person. The whole thing is finished with BLO to help pop the grain. I followed that with a couple of coats of arm-m-seal wipe on finish. Seems to be a good product, but haven’t decided if I like it yet.

I put it in a plain wrapped box for Christmas and waited for her to open it. Let’s just say she didn’t look like she expected much from this present. Then she opened it. Her happy scream got the even the dog all excited! Took her half an hour before she realized there was some chocolate in the box too. The late posting is because it took this long to get the box back for a few pictures. I think she likes it.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#1 posted 1250 days ago

really pretty box! Nice Job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 1250 days ago

Well, that’s just really beautiful. I generally don’t do any blatant copying (except for an occassional Stickley thing), but if I ever get the go-ahead from you, I’d make a similar one for my wife.

-- Pete -----

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#3 posted 1250 days ago

nice work i’m lovein that bow.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 1250 days ago

That definitely qualifies as a pretty box !
Nice work.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#5 posted 1250 days ago

Now “that” is certainly a very pretty box. The ribbon and the bow are just enough ornamentation without overdoing the decoration. Great job.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#6 posted 1250 days ago

well done, great box.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 1250 days ago

Saw something similar to this on a woodworker’s tv show, they called theirs “ribbon box”. Anyway, yours has more detail and takes their notion up a notch. Nice job all around.

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

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#8 posted 1250 days ago

My wife has the same syndrome… Guess what my next project is! You are a true inspiration! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#9 posted 1250 days ago

I really like it, now please take this down before my wife sees it.

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#10 posted 1250 days ago

Very creative, love the bow.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#11 posted 1250 days ago

Well done!

The ribbon is outstanding.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 1250 days ago

Nice box ! Great job tying that bow!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 1250 days ago

Your mother is lucky to have you!
Really a sweet thought and a nice job.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 1249 days ago

Ohhh how pretty! Love it… Awesome work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 1249 days ago

Very very nice. Impressive.

-- Steopa

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