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Rosewoods and Curly Maple with a little Wenge

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Project by JoeyG posted 773 days ago 1717 views 7 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I believe this is my best creation to date.

I started off with a basic Bolivian Rosewood box and added maple miter keys.

I did not have enough rosewood to make a top so I started looking around the shop. I came up with this piece of curly maple that was all most long enough. The problem was it was too narrow so I book matched it. This left me with a board that was way to thin for a lid. After a bit of head scratching I decided to laminate cedar to the maple creating a board that is now thick enough for the lid. Now remember I said it was almost long enough. I was a bit concerned with the lid moving on me and I had to add a little length anyway so I banded it with African Rosewood (Bubinga). This gave me the length I needed for the lid and should also keep it from warping on me. The “cross” in the center is made from book matched rosewood. The straight inlays are Wenge and the handle is laminated Bolivian Rosewood and Maple. I used African Rosewood again to cap the hinge pins. (I don’t think they are visible in the pics.)

This box was an incredible journey with many hidden challenges. I have wanted to use the last of the Bolivian Rosewood I had every since I built the Rosewood Cross box. I feel like I used the Rosewood that I had the best I could and I am very proud of the results.

Thank you for taking a look.

Please let me know what you think.

Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 773 days ago

Joey, that is one beautiful box. You have outdone yourself!!.............Jim

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

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JoeyG

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#2 posted 773 days ago

I forgot to add that the dots in the center of the cross and the intersections of the Wenge are made of Bolivian Rosewood.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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degoose

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#3 posted 773 days ago

Saw this on facebook before I looked here… same comment…. Wow.. fabulous bookmatch…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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JoeyG

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#4 posted 773 days ago

Thanks Jim. I posted this on Facebook earlier and it was sold in less than 5 mins. I must say that I am extremely proud of this one.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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JoeyG

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#5 posted 773 days ago

LOL, I just thanked you there and I will thank you again here.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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munja

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#6 posted 773 days ago

this looks great!!!!

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BarbS

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#7 posted 773 days ago

Fabulous, Joey. Really fine work!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 773 days ago

It really is beautiful, Joey! Yes, I think it is my favorite of all your boxes. You just keep getting better and better. Congratulations on a great project! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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JoeyG

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#9 posted 773 days ago

Thanks Sheila. I like to try to challenge myself. I feel that once you get good at something it’s time to add to it. I think the next step will be to do more to the inside of my boxes. I have been chewing on it for a while and I think that is the next logical step. I will continue to try to make the outsides better with each one also.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 773 days ago

It is absolutely lovely! I can’t wait to see what is next! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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jaykaypur

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#11 posted 773 days ago

Boxes like these, give me something to aim for. I will NEVER hit the mark you set but I can try.

This is a fantastic box and simply put, a work of art. Whoever bought this got a treasure.

Great craftsmanship Joey.

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

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JoeyG

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#12 posted 773 days ago

Thanks Jay, I figure nothing is perfect, I just try to get it as close as I can.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#13 posted 773 days ago

You did a really great job on this box Joey. It is so nice to see your work steadily progressing… the wood combinations and craftsmanship are top notch.
Congratulations on selling it so quickly. I did not know you can sell things on Facebook. I should look into Facebook as another marketing tool. Too darn hot to do outside shows in the summer.

I am just completing a new building behind my workshop for additional storage and am having box-making withdrawals from not working in my shop.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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JoeyG

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#14 posted 773 days ago

I thought this was a cool shot in the negative.
It really shows the grain

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Karson

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#15 posted 773 days ago

Very nice looking box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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