Tracey's Wedding Box - It's Italian

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Project by croquetman posted 06-02-2012 12:23 PM 1735 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tracey had a destination wedding – the whole family went to Tuscany to see her and Galen tie the knot. So I wanted to make a jewelry box for her that reflected “Italy”. So what does one do to reflect “Italy”? Then I started looking at tourist places for the trip and it occurred to me that the Tuscan landscape seemed to be thematic in architecture. That is what I tried to capture as the enclosed photo seems to imply. Whether that worked or not is problematic since Tracey loved the box.

The body of the box is walnut from a tree on her grandfather’s farm. The drawer fronts are curly maple. It drawer sides are mahogany from a set of steps I salvaged. there are some walnut features. The sides of the box are hand cut dovetails – they are not tapered since the sides and back do meet at right angles. This box was a lot of fun to make.

-- Whatever

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#1 posted 06-02-2012 12:35 PM

Fantastic job!

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#2 posted 06-02-2012 12:52 PM

Lovely box, and a good story to go with it. Those angles must have been pretty challenging.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 02:44 PM

Great story and present! I’m sure they LOVED it!!!

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

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 02:46 PM

The angles on your box gives it a lot of character. Walnut and maple curly is a great combination.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 01:19 AM

I liked all of the boxes you posted but this is my favorite. No jealousy among the girls that got the smaller/simpler boxes? I have to make identical presents for my girls or they will fuss!

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

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 12:34 PM

Ahhh, Jealousy. I have two neices-in-law who got married about 6 months apart. I made Kelly’s box first. She loved it. A fairly simple box, but it came out well. Then I made Karin’s box. It got complicated. It got big. I had a vision that she needed a more utilitarian box. Anyway, the box was given at Karin’s wedding shower. Kelly, as luck would have it, was handing the presents to Karin to open. When she came to the jewelry box from me you could see her face go white. It’s a shame because I like Kelly’s box better for ti’s simplicity as a jewelry box. Karin’s box is a better catch-all box. And bigger. Women are confusing critters. And young women are the worse example of that class.

-- Whatever

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 11:54 PM

You have some gr8 designs for wedding boxes. Very nice

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

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