Yo-Yo Chest

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 05-02-2012 03:19 AM 1707 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is an accomplished yo-yoer (I think that is a word). Anyway he wanted a case to hold his yo-yo collection. His son is named Leo so he wanted a lion on the lid. This is what I came up with. The box is maple with walnut splines. The marquetry has six different types of wood and didn’t come out half bad. Finished with several coats of shellac and a good waxing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 03:23 AM


What a great box… Your marquetry work and skill never cease to amaze me. It came out a lot better than half bad that’s for sure. It is wonderful..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 03:26 AM

It looks great and I am sure will get a lot of use and reconignition

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 03:29 AM

Max; I think next to your coffee, I enjoy your encouragement. Thanks for the kind words.

Jerrels; Thanks for the comments. I always enjoy your scroll saw work.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 03:34 AM

The coolest yoyo case ever!!!! I posted a link on yoyoexpert’s facebook page so I can show off to the yoyoing community.

-- Homer Simpson: "Hi Bart, how was school today?" Bart: "Os-Os.....Thats backwars for so-so" Homer: "Wowwww"

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 04:09 AM

thats a great looking box!!! I love the lion!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 04:16 AM

John, that looks super nice. Not only is the marquetry work superb, but it really jumps out against the background veneer as well. These kind of logo images make for great patterns because they are so clear in their color separations. The rest of the box looks great too, and I’m sure will be a treasure passed down through the generations. One question, is the lid attached to the box? I don’t see any hinges in the pictures.

Thanks again for sharing with us!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 05:00 AM


What a great look and super job of marquetry…How masterful. Is the lion your own creation? This is impressive and should please any young yo-yo guy.

I find that rounding off the tops of the dividers in my boxes is easier on the fingers. Often I will glue the dividers together inside the box with foil spread on the bottom under the joints so the glue doesn’t touch the box bottom. The box can then work to hold everything in the right place until the glue dries and I am assured of a good fit. It works better than clamps.

On dividers like yours, you could round the dividers even after the glue has dried. If you put a 1/4 inch half-round bearing bit in your table with no guard or guide you can trace along each yo-yo pocket nicely. Of course you don’t want to round over the parts that touch the outside edge. This technique leaves a nice pattern where the dividers cross.

Sorry, I digress. Great job…fun box!

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 05-02-2012 05:38 AM

Mathew; Thanks for the nice comments. The box lid will be attached with barrell hinges but I had to order them and am waiting. Wanted to post the pictures as the box will be gone as soon as I get the hinges.

Al; Thanks for the great tips. Thanks for the encouragement. Your comments mean a lot coming from a real box guy :)

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 05:57 AM

Nice job John.
Not half bad works for me but I think I’d be willing to extend the adjective to Excellent.
Your cutting looks just perfect.
Very nice lion, by way of coincidence, Mat just sent me a lion graphic that could be that one’s brother.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 06:56 AM

Amazing lion awesome!!!

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#11 posted 05-02-2012 09:28 AM

Wow, Your marquetry work is amazing!!!! Love the box and the lion. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 09:42 AM

The marquetry Lino is a standout. Congratulations.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 05-02-2012 11:53 AM

Beautiful looking box and the Marquerty is aweso,e, this came out great

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

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#14 posted 05-02-2012 12:28 PM

Cool idea and a great job!

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#15 posted 05-02-2012 01:17 PM

John, Your work is awesome!!

Keep it up—I love seeing your projects

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

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