First Commission, Inlayed Jewelry Box

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Project by John posted 12-06-2011 06:37 PM 2648 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my first commission! Box is curly soft maple, cherry for the tray and dividers. The inlay is black dyed pearwood. Finish is french polished shellac. Tray is lined with suede. Had to buy a 1/16” chisel for the tray dovetails. Feels good to get this one done.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 06:52 PM

Nice job, if this is your first I am sure it won’t be your last commission. Very nice grain and great finish.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 06:58 PM

Beautiful job, John.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 06:59 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 07:19 PM

Congrats on the commision, it looks great. Al is right, this won’t be your last commision!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 07:27 PM

Great craftsmanship!

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 07:27 PM

If I may ask, how did you finish it? The curl really pops!!!!
Did you just use the shellac, or did you use a darker coat to highlight the curl and then sand it off first?

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Al Wojcik

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 08:16 PM

Very nice job on the box. I love the finish and the inlay work.

-- Woodman12608, cedar Lake, IN

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 12-06-2011 08:30 PM

Amazing craftsmanship. Gorgeous wood. Excellent design.
Just a fantastic piece.
Well done!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 08:46 PM

Hello John

Absolutly fantastic

A really beautiful work
My wife mustn’t see this project or ….....
Thanks for sharing

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

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#10 posted 12-06-2011 09:05 PM

I had to come back and look at this again. You did a surpurb job. Especially on that inlay. wow

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 12-06-2011 09:18 PM


-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#12 posted 12-06-2011 09:23 PM

The box is absolutely beautiful.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-06-2011 09:51 PM

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#14 posted 12-06-2011 10:25 PM

That box is absoulely gorgeous and the wood selection was great. The craftsmaship is DY-NO-MITE!

Did you the initial by hand or was it laser cut?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#15 posted 12-06-2011 11:00 PM

Beautiful job!!!

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