Custom Jewelry Box

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 12-23-2011 at 11:49 AM 1800 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box is a commission for a friend’s wife for Christmas.
Cherry sides with Figured Maple raised panel top. The inlay on the front consists of bronze and Bubinga with a maple strip between. Black velvet lining with custom made ring slots. The beading on the bottom was hand carved.
Hand-rubbed lacquer finish.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 at 11:56 AM

Great design and details, Kent!

I have to say (and this is not a criticism at all) this box has more of a masculine feel to me. If the intended recipient does not like it, I’ll be happy to take it off her hands. :-)

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 at 12:01 PM

Very nice Kent. you created a great piece of work and your friends wife should be extremely happy.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 at 12:13 PM

Charlie, According to these pictures, I would agree with you—however, in person it actualy doesn’t look so masculine.
I wasn’t really happy with my photography, but he picked it up before I could retake the pictures.

I think you might have to fight to get this one. She’s small, but fiesty!

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 at 12:22 PM

Seriously nice Kent. I really like the looks of this one. Good job.

And a Merry Christmas to you Sir.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 at 12:29 PM

Nicely Done! The inlay is a very nice touch.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 at 01:00 PM


Another Masterpiece!

Looks GREAT!

Merry Christmas!

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

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 at 01:16 PM

Nice looking. Would be interested in how you did the brass, bubinga and maple inlay. Very nice accent.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#8 posted 12-23-2011 at 01:26 PM

That’s a great looking box Kent. I love that piece of cherry on the front, and the detail to the front edge of the lid. Nice job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 at 01:34 PM

And internal splines too… wow

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#10 posted 12-23-2011 at 02:04 PM

Very nice. I like the quadrant hinges.

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 12-23-2011 at 02:49 PM

Kevin, That is actually easier than it looks. I used standard bronze bushings like those used in machinery. Brass or copper will work the same way. Tubing will work, but I think the walls might be thicker on bushings, although in some cases that could be better. I rough cut the length with a hacksaw. This doesnot have to be perfect. The bottom doesn’t show and the top is sanded off later. Using a plug cutter the size of the hole in the bushing, I made a plug the length of the bushing. This is simply epoxied into the inside of the bushing. Drill a hole with a fortsner bit a little more shallow than the length of the bushing. Epoxy the bushing into this hole. The inlay should be raised a bit. After this dries, sand flush. I use a belt sander for this. Then finish sanding the piece like you normally would.

I hope this answers your question. Sounds like another blog for my list!


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 12-23-2011 at 03:26 PM

a very attractive box with nice details that add interest

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#13 posted 12-23-2011 at 04:26 PM

This is a wonderful piece Kent and I know it more striking in person, the tones of all the wood are so warming. Your attention to detail show in all your work and are a joy to view thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays…Wilson

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#14 posted 12-23-2011 at 05:42 PM

A very lovely box and a great idea using the brass bushings. Congrats on a fine project.. well done!


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#15 posted 12-23-2011 at 05:50 PM

Outstanding! I am moved to try this design for next year. But as I am new to this kind of workmanship I will try it on some oak to see if I can be this accomplished.

-- It's just cutting, sanding, glueing & finishing!

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