Jewelry (Makeup) Box

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Project by johnh1963 posted 08-25-2011 04:50 PM 2011 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box is 12” high, 19” wide and 9” deep. This is a conituation into my fascination with marquetry and inlay. Though my skills are improving, I am still not completely satisfied with the results. As with anything practice improves upon skills. The box is made of white oak with blood wood for the handles and the trim. The inlays consist of maple, walnut, pecan, poplar, blood wood, and spanish cedar. Finish is danish oil with satin poly and a coat of wax.

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 05:02 PM

There’s not a lot to be dissatisfied with here, John, but I fully understand. I play with marquetry too.
Yours is very good. How are you inlaying? Router with patterns ans bushings? By hand with chisels?

Really nice design and workmanship.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 05:02 PM

Very Nice Work, Your modesty is becoming and Your skills outstanding, A very attractive and artistic piece, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 05:03 PM

Very nice jewelry box. The oak and bloodwood combination are very nice and the marketry inlays definitely add a great look.

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 05:45 PM

shipwright….my inlays are built using the double-bevel method, building upon the design by adding elements and cutting piece after piece after piece after piece (you know what i mean. I free hand route the inlay starting with a 3/32 bit and then clean up to the lines with a 1/32 bit. I clean up the points with chisels and a knife. I route using a Dremel on a Stewart McDonald router base, Stewart Mc is also where i get the bits.

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 06:29 PM

Really nice work on the jewelry box. Love the inlay. I really want to get me the Stewart McDonald router base for my dremel.

-- Tracy- Waycross, Ga.

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 06:54 PM

Nice work John – there is no such thing as the perfect box, but aiming for the same target each time will get you closer and closer.


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 06:38 AM

Very nice. I am trying my hand at marquetry also. I haven’t tried to inlay the marquetry into solid wood yet. I have only used veneers.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 08-28-2011 01:29 PM

Great contrast in woods for the inlay. Nice work. Be proud.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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