Jewelry (Makeup) Box

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Project by johnh1963 posted 1065 days ago 1413 views 1 time 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 1065 days ago

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 fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 1065 days ago

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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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 1065 days ago

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

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#4 posted 1065 days ago

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 1065 days ago

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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Ian Hawthorne

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#6 posted 1065 days ago

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.


-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#7 posted 1064 days ago

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 1062 days ago

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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