small jewelry box

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Project by Razorbak91313 posted 05-24-2011 05:07 AM 1781 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a nice piece of scrap from some old oak barn wood and loved the character of the wood so decided to try my hand at carving the box from a solid piece of wood. I started off by slicing off a piece from the top to use as the lid. Then I used a Dremel I have mounted on an old drill press to route out the box and then sanded it. I didn’t have anything to line the inside of the box.
Its just a simple small box but I thought that the character of the wood with the dark aged outer part and the lighter inner part of the wood made a nice simple contrast and the growth rings were nicely distinguished on it.

I would like to do some larger and deeper pieces that are carved out from a solid piece of wood but I want it to be a solid piece, not a band saw box. I also don’t want to chisel because I feel right now that I just have so much other stuff to learn and practice already – not to mention costs of the chisels and sharpening stones and such. Any suggestions?

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 05:59 AM

ebay, craigslist, and flea markets are some of the better places to find cheap chisels. You dont need anything too fancy to do good work. I have found that a beveled straight chisel and a spoon gouge can let me get pretty deep, on a small scale. As for sharpening, eyeballing it on a bench grinder and finishing with sandpaper gets a decent edge. (I fear mentioning an electric grinder will ensue controversy)

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 02:17 PM

Beautiful work! Great job!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 04:30 PM

You did a nice job on the box, well done.

Harbor Frieght has a chisel set for about $25.00. These are not very hard steel so you will learn to sharpen frequently but they will teach you how to use them. Use the 20% coupon and they are less.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 08:00 PM

My two cents worth,

Peachtree, often has excellent specials, amazon too with a review of products. Grizzly has what they call Japenese chisels, I have some but haven’t used them yet. And yep there is always ebay, and you might want to do a little search on chisels, types etc. You can by a good chisel for less if you know what you are looking for. Hardness is the key.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 01:13 PM

Chiseling out wood for a box gets difficult because the end grain is easy to break out. Traditional Woodworker has a very nice set od mortising chisels.

If you want the box to look like it was hollowed out, you may want to cut the pieces off a solid block and glue the sides in place. In doing this, you can reinforce the end grain pieces by lining the box.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 04:48 PM

Thanks. I will eventually get at least a decent set of chisels and will keep your advice in mind for what to look for in a set of chisels.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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