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Walnut and Spalted Maple Inlaid Jewelry Box

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 920 days ago 2746 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished completing another box that I thought some of you might want to see. I was very pleased with the outcome. I was at my brother’s house about a month ago and spotted a piece of spalted maple log about a foot long laying in his wood pile. The pile was in his machine shop and would have been burned in the next couple of days, so I rescued it.

I wanted to use some of it to make decorative things in some of the boxes that I make. I’ve used this wood in two boxes so far, and this is one of them. I used the spalted maple by inlaying a criss-cross pattern on the lid, used it to make the corner splines and then again inlaid around the bottom of the box. The lift-out trays are made from hard maple scraps that I used in making my workbench. I used red velvet to line the box floor and the trays.

The finish is two coats of Danish oil and three coats of Minwax hand rubbed poly.

I’ve gotten into making some smaller projects this winter and decided to open up an Etsy storefront last month to try and market some of them. Just posted this box at the store this morning. I’ve only sold one box at the store so far, but have sold two more off line locally.

Not really wanting to have another job (I’m retired now) but would like to cover some of the expenses of playing in the shop most days, he, he

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com





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tinnman65

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#1 posted 920 days ago

Very nice work Dave!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Napaman

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#2 posted 920 days ago

gorgeous!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Jimboe

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#3 posted 920 days ago

love the wood and build …loving the combination of walnut and spalted maple

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Martyroc

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#4 posted 920 days ago

That’s beautiful, the spalted Maple gives the box more character, great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Ian Hawthorne

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#5 posted 920 days ago

Very nice Dave!

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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robert triplett

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#6 posted 920 days ago

Nice wood and construction. This looks like a man’s box to me. I will have to try the combination of Walnut and spalted maple.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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dpow

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#7 posted 920 days ago

Handsome looking box, Dave, I really like the wood combo. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#8 posted 919 days ago

I am definitely liking this one Dave. Heck of a save!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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StumpyNubs

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#9 posted 919 days ago

Beautiful! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 919 days ago

Interesting choice of material use…. and I love it!

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

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blackcherry

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#11 posted 919 days ago

Will have to put this combo of woods on file/memories bank just love the look so vintage. Nice design thanks for posting…BC

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 919 days ago

Great idea to use the spalted wood for splines. They turned out very unique. Wish I had thought of that before I burned all the spalted scraps that were too small to use in my boxes.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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George

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#13 posted 919 days ago

that is a BEAUTY!!

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

#14 posted 917 days ago

Very nice Box

-- http://www.landwoodworks.com (L an D Woodworks)

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Andy

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#15 posted 907 days ago

Very, very nice Dave. I really like the contrasting woods and graining on the spalted pieces.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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