Spalted Jewelry Box

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Project by Nick_Osbourne posted 05-01-2011 03:45 PM 2567 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally! The jewelry box is finished! I started this box back in November as a Christmas present for my girlfriend. The spalted wood I believe is birch, out of my driveway. I had never ripped my own boards from logs before, so that was a cool experience. While the wood was drying I made the prototype box, another project that I’ve got up here (So technically this is my second box). Most of the box had been completed before Christmas, but did not have a chance to finish it through school in the spring. The wood had gone a little punky so I used a wood restoration kit. This unfortunately gave an undesirable surface, so I sanded it down and used a wiping varnish as finish.

The strip in the middle is a piece of African Mahogany my grandfather had kept for years. The little bit of accent on the top and handle is bloodwood, and the trays inside are made of cherry. I did a similar thing as the prototype where I inlaid magnets to hold the lid shut. I had learned my lesson from before about checking their orientation before I glue the plugs!

The lining if a dark green velvet and as you can see, the top trays can be taken out. Unfortunately it’s hard to tell from the pictures but the centre of the trays have a bit of a curve. This gave me a chance to try out my oscillating spindle sander!

Anyways, now it’s out of my hands. I hope she likes it!

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 04:17 PM

I love spalted wood, and you did a great job with it!

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

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 04:30 PM

very very nice box, soooo beautiful.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 07:02 PM

Very nice job.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 09:22 PM

Wow! That wood is stunning. Love the spalted stuff. Great execution on the box too. I bet it’ll be a hit.

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 09:45 PM

Most impressive. That wood just won’t let you look away from it. Sounds like a total experence with from the log to the heart of your girlfriend!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#6 posted 05-01-2011 10:31 PM

great lookin box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 07:11 AM

One of my favorite kinds of wood. Did your box stay open after the first magnets were glued in? Don’t ask how I knew that! Nice touch with the mahogany too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 05-05-2011 08:41 AM

Thank you everyone. Robert, yeah when I closed the lid before, it would pop back open and hover. It’s the little things like that that make me glad I made a practice box.

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#9 posted 05-06-2011 01:58 AM

I’m a total sucker for spalted wood…very nice job.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#10 posted 06-08-2011 04:36 AM

Beautiful box : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 02-04-2017 05:35 PM

Great design! I admire your patience with a practice box.. I’m fingerjointing some spalted maple and walnut. Had no dea about the top. Glad I saw your post. Well done!

-- Chiropractors are also good with Knots...

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