Padauk Jewelry Box

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Project by longgone posted 07-05-2011 06:03 AM 2465 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Padauk Jewelry Box a couple of weeks ago but did not complete it since I needed to make the two trays/dividers (Wenge & Padauk) and I had a hard time finding a velvet color that did not look obnoxious with the orange color of the Padauk. I finally decided on black velvet since it was pretty much able to go with any color. I had red, green and tan in stock…but no black, so I had to order some so I could finish this project.

Padauk is hard for me to photograph, especially with the black velvet & wenge. I really need to spend more time improving my photography skills because after about 100 photographs this is the best I could come up with and the colors are not true, they are too bright. Anyone know of any excellent photography books???

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 07:07 AM

Greg, nice job. Good choice with the black velvet.

Me too on the photography. You might consider getting a photographer, seriously. It may be worth it for some of the high-end boxes.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 11:59 AM

Very well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 01:47 PM

Hello Greg

A very beautiful box

In my favorite for the future

THanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 02:12 PM

That is a a beauty of a box. Masterfully done.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 03:57 PM

Another gorgeous box, Greg. I don’t see any need to improve your photography. They’re just fine – clear and well framed.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 04:43 PM

Nice Box, Try a different background, Just an idea, not a pro by any means !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 07-05-2011 04:59 PM

Very artistic. You’ve done a great job on the wave carving. And as to books, I tried to talk David Thiel into publishing one on Photography for Woodworkers through F&W Publications, but I haven’t seen one so far! I’m convinced there would be high interest in it, if promoted for those who are ‘digitally challenged,’ as I am. The photography is a skill many of us need to work on, and shiny finishes make it especially difficult.


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#8 posted 07-05-2011 05:12 PM

Thanks all for the nice feedback. LittlePaw...Photography…like my woodworking, and I guess like anything else in ife that we do, seems to always teach a lesson in that the more we do it… the more we understand that we have a lot of improvement needed as we become aware the flaws that we did not realize at a previous skill level…I guess it is still called learning. Barb...I am going to the local camera store today and ask if they have any books or DVD’s that might help me improve. Rance...I considered a professional photographer but it would get quite expensive when producing alot of pieces I wanted photographed…besides I know I can hopefully and eventually learn to improve my photo skills.
DaddyZ…I tried a black background on my first attempt and did not like the results…but maybe there is a better background color other than the rred, blue and green I currently have that came with my photo cube.

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#9 posted 07-05-2011 08:05 PM

Nice Job on this Jewelry Box, beautiful wood with interesting and tasteful carving work, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 07-05-2011 08:17 PM

Hello Greg

What thickness are the sides of your box ? and the top and the bottom ?

What size for the box ?

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 07-05-2011 11:09 PM

Diggerejack…The box is 12” x 8” x 6” and all of the wood for the top and sides are 3/4”. The bottom is 1/4”. The dividers and tray sides are 3/16”.

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#12 posted 07-15-2011 05:58 PM

wow! you have it all! – square, technical, and beautiful, artistic vision!!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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