Sewing Thread Box

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Project by Donowoodworks posted 05-07-2012 11:23 PM 1758 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I promise all my projects won’t be boxes! This is a claro walnut box I made for my Mother for Christmas last year. She wanted something to put her thread spools in for sewing, and I took it as an opportunity to practice some marquetry that I recently learned how to do from Paul Schurch. I have no idea what the veneer background wood is (it was a scrap from someone else’s project years ago and far away) but the rose/cotton blossom is maple and cocobolo. You can’t see them from the pictures here, but there are some greene and greene-style square ebony pegs on the sides.

I had to steal some sand from a neighborhood park to do the sand shading on the flower and I think It was a bit strange to one worried mother! The look on her face as I rolled up, shoveled some sand into a bag, and drove away! She was hurrying her kids to the car, glancing nervously over her shoulder at me as I drove away!

3-oil finish and the lining looks like it didn’t adhere well enough.

-- -Mark Donovan,

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 11:35 PM

Nice box, Mark. I really like the marquetry work, something I will give a try some day. I don’t know what the burl is either, but is sure is perty :)

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 01:20 AM

Beautiful box. The Burl is very nice and the flower works well.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 02:39 AM

Really nice job, the marquetry looks great.

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

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 07:34 AM

Nice box Mark and nice marquetry!

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 09:37 AM


This is nicely done. I like envy your marquetry skills. My best guess on the top is redwood burl. The ebony inserts are an interesting touch.

The theft of sand! You never know what depravity is going to be driven by the need to create. You certainly put the sand to good use.

My sewing box was not as elegant and refined, but I did find that lots of small dowels sticking up helped organize the spools.

Lovely wood and beautiful inlay.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 09:53 AM

Great Work, the inlay is beautiful.

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

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 04:27 PM

Now this box is a beautiful piece. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- 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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#8 posted 05-08-2012 10:05 PM

Very nice box Mark

Welcome to LJ, enjoy

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 05-09-2012 04:57 AM


The box is really lovely! Welcome to LJs and thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 05-09-2012 05:56 AM

Nice box and nice job on the marquetry. Something I have been learning to do myself so I appreciate the craftmanship.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 05-10-2012 01:48 PM

A beautiful box, Mark. You are very fortunate to live near Paul Schurch! He is a master craftsman. I love the marquetry and your new skill at box making, and I hope to see many more photos of your work.


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#12 posted 05-14-2012 09:15 AM

Dude, if all of your boxes look like this, don’t make anything else! Just beautiful!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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