Jewelry box

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Project by Al Wojcik posted 08-01-2011 07:33 PM 1933 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box was made for my friend’s daughter for her high school graduation.
It is made from Jatoba and has two different inlay bandings on the top and inside of the box.
the letters were carved with a high speed engraver and painted black to accent the lettering.
The finish I used was 2 coats of danish oil, 2 coats of shellac and 3 coats of waterborne Crystalac and then hand rubbed out and polished with wax.
Any comment would be great.
Thanks for checking out my project and hope you enjoy it.
PS: the lettering was my first carving job ever !!! took me awhile to do it.

-- Woodman12608, cedar Lake, IN

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 07:59 PM

Great box!

The lettering came out awesome, and the inlays look great.

I’m not sure I fully understand your use of Crystallac here. I’ve used it as a grain filler when I was going for a piano-smooth finish, but never thought of it as a final step. Looks good, though, so who am I to argue with success? :-)

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

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Tim Kindrick

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 09:29 PM

Very nice box!!! The lettering turned out great!! You should be very proud of this AND Welcome to LJ’s!!! I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 09:56 PM

Real nice looking box.

What type of carver did you use? I have been wanting to do some but haven’t bought one yet.

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 10:09 PM

Very nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 11:20 PM

Lucky girl to get such a beautiful box! And welcome to LJ. if this is your first post, I can’t wait to see the next, and the next and . . . . .

-- 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 08-02-2011 01:22 AM

Very Classy Box, fine craftsmanship with exquisite attention to detail and style, all the features fit together perfectly, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 01:32 AM

That is A box that will be greatly appreciated. Fine job and excellent lettering.

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Al Wojcik

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#8 posted 08-02-2011 02:57 AM

The carver I use is called Powercraft I believe, it turns at around 40,000 RPM, it is an engraver, you can carve just about anything with, it is air driven. Just look up high speed power carvers on google !!. I use a small carbide mill, they make all kind of shapes and sizes for this thing, a ton of different cutters and grinding tips. the unit was around $250 to start and then you need an air compressor to run it.

I used the the Crystalac for a top coat. the danish oil coat to bring out the grain and color and the shellac to seal the danish oil then the top coat, first time I tried this combo and it seemed to work well for me.

Thanks all for your comments. I will post more projects later.
Thanks again.

-- Woodman12608, cedar Lake, IN

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#9 posted 12-25-2011 04:39 AM

When I see something as nice as this that represents a challenge I just want to go to the shop and start work.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#10 posted 11-07-2012 12:19 AM

How dare you post my child’s name on the internet without her consent! Remove it immediately! We do NOT approve of this post at all. Why you would post personal information without consent is just one of your problems.

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#11 posted 11-07-2012 10:52 PM


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Al Wojcik

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#12 posted 11-07-2012 11:02 PM

No problem at all, I am so sorry you feel this way.
My you be blessed with a great life and all the happiness that life has to offer.
God bless you.

-- Woodman12608, cedar Lake, IN

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#13 posted 11-07-2012 11:52 PM

Since when do you invoke God’s name! How dare you.

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