Black Widow Jewelry Box

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Project by WoodGuyNC posted 10-01-2011 01:45 AM 4544 views 13 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago I was inspired to make this box. It took a total of 30 days from start to finish to make it. I believe this is the hardest project to date to make. Every piece had to be custom made, all the angle cuts drove me crazy to say the least. I used a 1/2” hand wood chisel to do all the carving with.

It is 35” long by 27” wide by 8.5” tall. The body itself is 12”Lx7”Hx4”W. The tray that I made to fit inside of the upper body cavity, it designed like a Ferris wheel, staying level at any angle. When the lid is shut, it is level with the upper body, not effecting the contents in the tray below. There are four parts for each leg and arms and the total length of them being close to 17’ long. When turning the pieces, I turned the dowel into the piece, making for a tighter joint and a much easier to join them together. The spider body is actually off the ground, with 6 of the legs supporting it.

The body is made from a solid piece of Honduras Mahogany. The legs are made from Ribbon Mahogany and the rotating tray from Spalding Curly Maple. I used the vinegar and steel wool to ebonize the whole spider. I had to put the lacquer clear coat on before assembling it, because being so large, there would had been too many dry over spray on it to look right.

There won’t be another one made or at least not by me. I took many pictures of it that just couldn’t be posted here. After I had finished it, I had it sitting on the coffee table in the living room. When I was going to bed that night, I had forgotten that it was sitting there and I almost jumped out of my skin seeing it sit there, hahahaha. I had actually had a few nightmares in making this spider. I really hate spiders.

This is a very hard item to take pictures of, to do it any justice. I only had to remake one piece where I had drilled all the way through, making the dowel hole. I’m thankful that it was a easy remake of it.

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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#1 posted 10-01-2011 01:49 AM

I’m at a loss for words! This is absolutely amazing!

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#2 posted 10-01-2011 01:52 AM

I hate spiders…but your jewelry box is great. Nice job, and very unique. What’s next, a giant rolled up newspaper to squash the spider…or maybe a boot to step on it. Thanks for sharing

-- Doug

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#3 posted 10-01-2011 01:59 AM

This is the ugliest coolest box I have ever seen

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#4 posted 10-01-2011 02:01 AM

Wow is all I have to say

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#5 posted 10-01-2011 02:03 AM

WOW that is awesome!

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#6 posted 10-01-2011 02:27 AM

Creepy but really great.

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#7 posted 10-01-2011 02:41 AM

That’s enough to scare the crap out of ya… here in California where they are very common!

Beautiful work… just in time for Halloween!

Put that on the front porch…

Then clean up the area with your shovel in the morning!


(and keep all of the candy for yourself!)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 10-01-2011 03:20 AM

Wow – I just started woodworking again and this is an inspiration. It is amazing what people on this website have made.

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#9 posted 10-01-2011 04:14 AM

OK Now the next one ought to be the Scorpion! Yeah. lol

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#10 posted 10-01-2011 05:30 AM

Nice work. I bet it was quite the challenge. I really like the red Keyway on the bottom to give it an authentic Black widow look. I like the idea of ebonizing it with vinegar and steel wool. Would love to see a blog on this technique.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#11 posted 10-01-2011 06:00 AM

That’s sick! to cool! love to have It.

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#12 posted 10-01-2011 06:26 AM

Great unique box, good idea, nice exacution.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 10-01-2011 08:26 AM

Absolutely amazing. It’s not just good or techinically difficult, it’s absolutely accurate ! The only thing you left off was the “hairs” on the legs. Thanks.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#14 posted 10-01-2011 12:57 PM

That is too darn real!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#15 posted 10-01-2011 01:10 PM

This is an outstanding piece of work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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