Intarsia Dragon Jewelry Box

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Project by doug_w posted 04-20-2011 11:58 PM 6176 views 23 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A description of the box and the mortise and tenon joints are in my previous post. This project is about the changes I made from what I learned. The box is made of padauk and the tenons are pinned with maple & purpleheart laminations. The center pins were carved from rosewood burl with the front dragon head having a bloodwood crest. I wanted to do something different for the drawer pulls, so I created the intarsia dragon for the front, placing a thickened 3-D part of the dragon on each of the drawers so they could act as the drawer pulls. The top drawer uses the wings, the second drawer uses the dragon’s head, thickened places in the dragon body supplies the third drawer pull, and a loop in the tail provides the bottom pull. I really love the way it turned out. The wings are wenge, maple, and walnut. The dragon’s green head is poplar with ebony eyes, boodwood eye ridges and snout, a purpleheart mane, and maple teeth. The front legs are poplar with maple claws. The body is bubinga and purpleheart with a maple underbelly. Finish is lacquer.

For the drawers, I lined the bottom with velvet, but wanted to do something other than velvet lined separators in the drawers – mainly because it took forever, and was no fun to line all of those separators in my last project. This time I created strips using a purpleheart-maple-padauk-maple-purpleheart lamination and used this to both create the separator strips in the drawers as well as the insert treys for the drawers. You can see one of the treys and into one of the drawers in the third photo.

What could better than a dragon on a jewelery box, since dragons are supposed to guard treasures. I am definitely going to use intarsia overlays to enhance projects like this in the future.

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 12:20 AM

Beautiful work

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 12:29 AM

Wow, that is way cool great design and craftmanship. Extra fancy.

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 12:47 AM

Very cool! Do you make your own patterns?

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 01:00 AM

Super job Doug,very cool box.

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#5 posted 04-21-2011 01:04 AM


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#6 posted 04-21-2011 01:09 AM

Amazing and unique

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#7 posted 04-21-2011 01:40 AM

Awesome piece! Wow! Beautiful….............

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#8 posted 04-21-2011 01:47 AM

Wonderful work, beautiful wood, just doesn’t get any better.

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#9 posted 04-21-2011 02:40 AM

Nothing shy about this box or your skills. Imaginative build!

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#10 posted 04-21-2011 03:07 AM

Another very nice piece.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 04-21-2011 03:22 AM

Great looking Jewelry Box! You have done a great job mixing the Intarsia into the design of the box.

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#12 posted 04-21-2011 04:13 AM

Extreme box art! Thanks for the post.

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#13 posted 04-21-2011 04:45 AM

Stunning! Very creative design!

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#14 posted 04-21-2011 08:38 AM

Awsome!Whery nice coluors!

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#15 posted 04-21-2011 01:21 PM

Awesome! Using the dragon as the drawer handles…. awesome idea!

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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