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Project by Jim Sellers posted 823 days ago 1427 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of us have seen the oval jewelry box. I found the plans and patterns (which I didn’t follow) in a 03 edition of woodsmith magazine. Have also seen it posted as a link by someone here. But instead of making templates for the router and digging it out with a forstner, I took an easier route and just cut the holes all the way through the plank with a sabre saw (or I could have used the scroll saw). Then i took a 1/4” sheet of the same (maple) and glued it on for the bottom. Cut the shape on bandsaw, sanded smooth. The ugly glue seam dissapears
when spun around a campher bit on the router table with the corner at the seam. I had to use the round plugs to cover a screw up when I drilled the wrong side on one. I built these a few months back but couldn’t finish them until I could come up with a design for the tops (couldn’t leave them plain). The tops are cherry with different types of veneers for the inlays. All natural colors. Nothing but clear coats. It turned out to be more tedious and time consuming than I thought it would (don’t it always?) Would have been much quicker and easier on a larger scale. Mostly used a dremmel with a tiny router bit mounted on the plunge router attachement for the mortises but it still too big for the tight spots where I had to use exactos. I think I’ll just do a chip carving of similar design on the other one.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#1 posted 823 days ago

That is really very nice. I like the design (I have not seen it before so thanks for the reference). The inlay on the top is a very nice touch. I know it a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but this one is going into the favourites file as inspiration for boxes that I will make as Christmas presents.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 823 days ago

Very nice work. I like the tops.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 823 days ago

Some real delicate cutting there. Really beautifies the top o that box. Very nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 822 days ago

very nice job. I make a lot of boxes and I think I will try one like yours.

-- In God We Trust

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#5 posted 822 days ago

like the sliders . very nice colors and design .

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#6 posted 822 days ago

Well done jim, well done.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 822 days ago

Very nice inlays, looks very good.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 822 days ago

Very cool looking box ,good job Jim

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#9 posted 822 days ago

Jim its stunning you carvers just amaze me

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 822 days ago

Well done on the box and the inlay makes it even more stunning.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 822 days ago

your inlays really stand out. at first I thought it was painted on. nice design.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 557 days ago

Nice work! The dowel form the lids, are they glues to the box body or the lids?

Thank you.

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#13 posted 557 days ago

Charlie, I used 1/4 steel pins for the pivots. No need to glue. The dowels are just wood plugs glued in to cover the holes where I screwed up and drilled on the wrong side.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#14 posted 544 days ago

Thanks, Jim. Makes good sense. Am going to make one, won’t be as fancy as yours is. I imagine in time the wear from turning may make the insert holes sloppy but it should be fun anyway.

Thanks again.


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