The little Poplar Box for Jenn

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Project by jjw5858 posted 01-06-2012 02:43 AM 1206 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey gang hope all is well out there, this is another project from a while back that I just made a box for!

About a year ago we had some old Junpier from a rotted tree… I saved some and gave it a go at making my Beautiful girlfriend a pair of Leaf Earrings. (I am the luckiest guy in the world to have such a wonderful soul that inspires my creativity and let’s me be me.)

Now then…..of course….I had never made earrings before….but if you follow my work….you know by now, I like to try just about anything with some handtools and good wood.

I think this approach of trying out things really forces you to learn new ways of understanding the wood and it’s many characteristics.

So I set about the task…and then chipped carved my leaf design..and she loved them!

Well….even so….one project took on another (I am sure everybody knows that and so I finally decided to render these earrings to the earring hoop clips and create a box for them.

I used some poplar stock, my pfiel #8 chisel..and began scooping away until I got my clearance corrected to hold them in.

Next I cut out the lid and glued on a piece of maple underneath to hold the lid from skating off the top.

Now this little box….funny how things play out…...looks like…wham….done….no big deal…..but…........
being that I am a all handtools guy…this took some real handwork indeed… it was a challenge and hard to shape but i am very happy with the output. I wanted to create an earthy almost rustic look…nothing too curved….so I restrained and stayed away from that..and this less is more approach I believe gives the earrings their proper stage to be seen in.

Well I hope some of you enjoyed this one, I can say that my time spent using handtools really is a test and a learning, not just of hammer and nails, planes or chisels, it provides the chance to see what you have….deep down….what can you achieve, and what you really hunger to still want to go back out there and try at it again.

I hear wood like I never had….see it in a new way, smell it too. It took about a year…lol…...but you really do begin to comunicate with the media…and I feel as long as you respect it you and the tools can work many great things with the wood….you just have to work…...WITH the wood and listen!

Be well friends!...Thanks for all of the inspiration and comments…they are all greatly appreciated.



-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 02:48 AM

Very nice indeed.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 03:37 AM

Good job Joe a cool little box.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 04:11 AM

Can’t beat this. Terrific!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 05:21 AM

Great looking box. Looks hand made from hand tools. Lots of character for a simple box. I also enjoy working with hand tools but I usually just end up with a pile of wood shavings and a smaller piece of wood. Neat project.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 07:10 AM

Lovely earrings and a beautiful little box, Joe… and I just know that Jenn loves them. Keep up the good work with hand tools, a dying tradition!


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#6 posted 01-06-2012 04:59 PM

Very nice box, Great finish.Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 06:03 AM

Very good carving job and a real nice box!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 04:47 PM

Earrings and the box are wonderful and show your love care .
There is nothing like handmade gifts to a person you love.

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 06:05 PM

What a sweet little box.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 07:34 PM

The box was a great idea and the ear rings look really good in it. I’ll bet she really loved them.


-- 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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