Tracey's Wedding Box - It's Italian

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Project by croquetman posted 781 days ago 1442 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 781 days ago

Fantastic job!

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#2 posted 781 days ago

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 781 days ago

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

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

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#4 posted 781 days ago

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

-- 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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#5 posted 780 days ago

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 780 days ago

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 7 days ago

You have some gr8 designs for wedding boxes. Very nice

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

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