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Project by Bill Cowan posted 2701 days ago 2565 views 21 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

I recently posted a lengthy WIP on this box on our neighbor forum in Australia. I enetered it in the Florida State Fair an took 1st place and Best of Show in the Fine Furniture competitions.

The tray belongs to another box just like it. The tray that goes with this box is much more detailed with ring holders. Just didn’t put it in this pic.

ICN,

Bill

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)





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Max

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#1 posted 2701 days ago

Bill,

This is a very nice Jewelry Box, I can see why you took 1st place. What are the types of wood you used and finish? Looks like some tiger maple was used for the case itself….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Bill Cowan

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#2 posted 2701 days ago

Thanks.

I wanted to do something special, so I used Quartersawn Curly English Sycamore for the exterior and Purple Heart for the interior. The inlay banding is Purple Heart and Holly.

This was the second one I made. The 1st was a commission for my Best Friend in NC for his wife as a Christmas gift.

I’ve done boxes in Tiger Maple, if I can find my camera, I’ll post a pic of it. (Last years box, which also took 1st Place, but it’s more of an asian style)

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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oscorner

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#3 posted 2701 days ago

Congradulations on the first place and best of show! It’s beautiful. Can you post the more detailed tray?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill Cowan

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#4 posted 2701 days ago

The tray that belongs with this box…Tray

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 2701 days ago

Beautiful! And this brings me to one of my current challenges:

On an edging miter like that, what do you do to get the match so perfect at the ends? The best I’m coming up with is to cut just a touch short, and then carefully sand down the inside of the frame piece ‘til the miter matches, which I’d think would be obvious given that you’re matching up those beautiful layers in that part.

Is this just that, indeed, you’re cutting those darned things as precise as they’re coming out? Do you have a way to sand the mitered edges without rounding them slightly?

Very inspirational.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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scottb

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#6 posted 2701 days ago

Beautiful. The project and the wood. Prizeworthy for sure.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#7 posted 2701 days ago

Bill, I wondered when you would show up.

LumberJocks, let me introduce you to the finest box making LumberJock I know! And he’s not from OZ.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2701 days ago

That is some very nice work, but hang around long enough we’ll get you slappin together junk with the rest of us. Beautiful wood!

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Bill Cowan

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#9 posted 2701 days ago

On an edging miter like that, what do you do to get the match so perfect at the ends? The best I’m coming up with is to cut just a touch short, and then carefully sand down the inside of the frame piece ‘til the miter matches, which I’d think would be obvious given that you’re matching up those beautiful layers in that part.

Is this just that, indeed, you’re cutting those darned things as precise as they’re coming out? Do you have a way to sand the mitered edges without rounding them slightly?

Hello Dan,

And thanks for the comments. About the miters, all I can say is, scary sharp blades, very square to the table in all directions and sneak up on the final cuts. Being finicky in these steps pays off in the long run with miters that look half way decent. The tricky part to this particular lid is knowing the exact dimensions of the box and the lid medallion. ( I measure to the thousandths with a caliper) I actually formed this banding around the medallion, cutting away the excess to get the right width with the final trimming of the purple heart which rested against the dadoed edge of the sides, front and back as it was prayerfully put together. Check out the Ubeaut site under boxmaking for the step by step battle against this box and you can see the mitering jig I used for the banding. As for the sides, those miters were cut on the TS.

Bill, I wondered when you would show up.

LumberJocks, let me introduce you to the finest box making LumberJock I know! And he’s not from OZ.

Don, I can’t tell you the joyful and plesant surprise to see you listed as a member here. Once I saw that,... I knew I was onto a good thing. Thank you for the kind welcome. It’s kinda funny, me on the Oz site, you on a Yank one :-)

Seeing that everyone has lost their disguise, I guess I’ll have to creep out from behind my metal mask. But I just love that guy so…

-- ICN, Bill, (http://www.coachbillcowan.com)

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scottb

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#10 posted 2700 days ago

And the world gets a little smaller…

you are right about this place being a good thing!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#11 posted 2700 days ago

Bill, well I guess I’m sort of a hybrid anyway. Not sure where I should be posting – until I came here that is. This place is absolutely terrific, with the nicest community of serious woodworkers I’ve met in one place. I feel like they are all my brothers, but some really are! You know what I mean, Bill.

I won’t give you a heads up on any in particular – you will figure it out and grow richer from the experience.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Larry

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#12 posted 2700 days ago

That is just beautiful… I need to do something like that…well…less elorabate…for my grand daughters…

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 2700 days ago

I can see why it won the award, beautiful work.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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schroeder

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#14 posted 2700 days ago

Beautiful work – If you don’t mind my asking, how long did it take you from start to finish?

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Don

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#15 posted 2700 days ago

Oh, I forgot to comment on your project. I was gob-smacked to follow the construction during your WIP posting on the Aussies site. I recall asking you a few questions as you went and was impressed with the meticulous manner in which you approached this project.

I’m not at all surprised at the awards this piece garnered.

Bill, I’ve read a lot of books on box making and visited every web site I could find. This example is, without any doubt, the finest example of the craft I’ve seen. Congratulations, my friend!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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