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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 1194 days ago 1961 views 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy Lumberjocks! To quote Monty Python, “I ain’t dead yet.” This is a jewelry box intended for a dear friend, who during darker days, long ago made it her business to care more for me than I did for myself at the time. It also is a jewelry box project with a thousand false starts and problems that literally put my creative spirit on hold and sapped a lot of my desire to be active in the shop.

For starts, the joinery is Incra-fence based but the stock is too thin for this type of join, and as a consequence, there as a great deal of bowing on the front edge of the box. The first lid, with the back Wenge piece added for hinge screw depth (yes, one of those design mods) also had a nice sculpted lift tab mortised in the the front edge. But as time went along the hinges I tried first never seated correctly, and I ended up with insufficient width to cover the bow of the front panel. I finally put it aside (in a shamefully large pile of “lids for later”) and started anew. I used a stopped piano hinge from Veritas, and after monkeying around with them for a bit came to discover that the router template I made years ago did not place the hinge pin center close enough to the edge of the work to close properly. I checked that problem off, and now am signing off on this one.

Stock is Sapele and ribbon Sapele with bee’s-wing figure, Fishtail Oak and ash-chased double dovetails, Wenge accents, feet, and tray (tiny bit of walnut as the handle), Spanish Cedar for the grid in the bottom. Tray and box lined with Foamies and Ultra Suede per Emily Palm’s technique. Finish is Sealcoat Dewaxed Shellac and TreWax Mahogany wax. 10.625˝x 6˝x 4.5˝

Goodbye little box, serve your owner well.

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





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Chardt

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#1 posted 1194 days ago

Great job! Those double dovetails are sweet!

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 1194 days ago

this is beautiful. And a beautiful story behind it as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1194 days ago

Doug, I read this post in my email window, before actually opening my browser to see the photos. Had I not already known what you are capable of, your description would have led me to expect a lopsided, rickety offering, worthy of an arthritic chimpanzee working with a rock and a sharp seashell as its only tools.

Instead, as I correctly anticipated, I find this gorgeous piece. You may not post many projects, Brother, but you sure make up in quality what you lack in quantity! Obviously, this box was made with same degree of love and care as was shown to you by its intended recipient.

Well done, sir.

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

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 1194 days ago

Wow Douglas, beautiful choice of woods and joinery on this box. Very, very nice…..

Sorry to hear that you had so much trouble getting it completed, but for me, it sure is nice to hear about someone with your talent that has the same problems that I do at times. Amazing !

Are you using the self stick 2mm foamies ? That is what I use all the time and it sure is nice…....

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 1194 days ago

Carl, Debbie and Charlie, Thanks!
Charlie, I know you can understand the depth of the gratitude behind the gift. I might have been a bit cowed by the need to get this one as close to perfect as possible, but in the end it’s progress and not perfection, after all.

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

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itsmic

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#6 posted 1194 days ago

A Beautiful Box, artistically designed with fine craftsmanship, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 1194 days ago

Thanks Gene, you posted at the same time as my last one. Yep, self-adhesive 2mms.
Plus I got sloppy with the benchtop while finishing and pushed a screw into the lid after bodying up with shellac. I just had to go satin with the rub-out and move along. I have one more box of shame to correct – one I posted here already and I will be ready to jump right back on this horse with fresh work.

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

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Karson

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#8 posted 1194 days ago

Douglas: That is one mighty fine looking box.

Nice job there mate.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1194 days ago

Hi Douglas;

Blast from the past! Great job on this box.

Beautiful choice of woods.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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bigike

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#10 posted 1194 days ago

great looken box, the contrasting woods are great together.

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

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WayneC

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#11 posted 1194 days ago

Well done. Hope all is going good for ya.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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dustynewt

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#12 posted 1194 days ago

There will be no “Bring out your dead!” jokes here. That is a fabulous box Doug. The owner will prize it for years, even, maybe keeping a…. Grrrrrail in it?

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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DocK16

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#13 posted 1194 days ago

Dougy Long time You are so wise in the ways of science, and woodworking. Love those double dovetiails

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1194 days ago

great build wonderful wood and fantastic finish, great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 1194 days ago

Thanks all. Very punny Scott! Glad to see all of you active LJs again. Like the Governator, I’ll be back.

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

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