A jewellery box made from Banksia wood

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Project by harry1 posted 06-01-2012 11:30 AM 3454 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This photo-shoot shows each step in the making of a jewellery box. To view, click this “link”:

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 02:03 PM

Very nice workmanship and a fine box Harry. I have never seen banksai wood before.

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 06:46 PM


You did another beautiful creation!

They will LOVE IT!

Photo-shoot was good too… except kinda hard to read Light letters against Light background…
Cool techniques…

I was sweating the routing on the Top as your last major construction step… sure glad you didn’t get any Blowout!
That beading bit sure did a nice job!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 01:22 AM

That is a new wood for me but it is pretty cool. Nice design. Routing certainly dressed this box up.

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

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 03:00 AM

Greg, I’m genuinely flattered that an artist like yourself who produces amazing works of art should compliment me so.

Joe, thank you too for your king remarks. Where backgrounds consist of light and dark areas, it can be difficult to find a suitable colour, and if a solid background with superimposed text is used, a chunk of the photo goes missing. I will however concentrate on on this aspect in future projects.

As for Banksia trees, they are very common here in western Australia and there is an enormous amount of information on the internet about them. I too have never heard of it being used in woodworking. They produce an abundance of large flowers pointing upwards like candelabras and when the flowers die a large nut remains that can be turned in the lathe. The first shot shows my collection of these nuts collected from my son’s bush block a few years ago. I’ve only made one attempt so far at turning one and it was incredibly messy so I didn’t finish it. The second shot shows more of the rough cut Banksia from the same log, still drying in my woodshed.
This link is just one of many on the internet showing Banksia nuts being turned. The name “harry” is coincidental!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 11:09 AM

Beautiful box, just simply beautiful.

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

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 01:30 PM

Thank you kind sir. A generous member living not too far from me recently gave me two beautiful pieces of West Australian Sheoak, one piece will make two small bowls and the other one I hope to cut into boards and make another jewellery box.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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