A Box For My Niece

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-13-2012 03:53 PM 2044 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here we have a box that I gave to my Niece, I got some very loving cuddles from her and some tears.
It is made from spotty Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), veneer (unknown) and inlay.
The dividers and trays are held in place in the box with an engine timing belt and can be relocated to whatever position required.
This box is a lesson in mistakes though, first under the id originally I had some serious inlay bandings that took for ages but it went horribly wrong when I pushed the limit too far (Ooops) so in went the mirror.
I struggled with the top inlay also and the slightly raised rib rectified that problem.
Then came the finish and it started out being French polished but curves are not so easy to get into with a high gloss required, So I ended up using spray varnish.
Leather lining went Ok without any dramas and the hinges worked a treat.

Hope I can inspire some one too salvage their old mistakes.

Three more projects to post.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 03:57 PM

What a beautiful and well made box .
She will love you forever and I would have liked to see her when you presented it to her.
There are no better moments in live .
Neat idea for the timing belt application .

-- Kiefer 松

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 04:05 PM

Another really nice one. I very much admire your sense of detail and design. Very nice work indeed. Can’t wait to see the next one!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 04:54 PM

That came out lovely. I like how the striped banding has perfect continuous spacing even as it wraps around the corners (pic 4), and the adjustable inside compartment is very nice.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 06:22 PM

Another work of art. Peter, please don`t tell me you made these hinges too . . .they must be Brusso or equivalent !

Glad to hear that others make mistakes too. I suspect everyone does and that the true sign of craftsmanship is how well one recovers from them. You did pretty well I`d say.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 06:31 PM


Great job! I believe the mark of great woodworker is how they deal with adversity. That’s a very interesting use of a timing belt.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 07:58 PM

Cool! You are so blessed man! You already have the talent plus a very loving niece! Nice box!

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#7 posted 07-13-2012 10:42 PM

Wonderful design and detail, love your work!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 07-13-2012 10:51 PM

Very nice wood and I like the inlay. Well done and unique design, great piece.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 01:18 AM

Each box you post is fancier than the previous one (and you have 3 more waiting!). No one would ever know this box had any errors in construction or finish. It is beautiful!

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

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#10 posted 07-14-2012 02:10 AM

I wish my mistakes came out this well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 02:26 AM

excellent work !

you will be the
go to uncle
for sure

very nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 06:00 AM

That is nice….very nice.

-- Vince

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#13 posted 07-14-2012 10:37 AM

Great job Peter. Nice design, and the timing belt concept is quite creative. I know what you mean about the detail work with French Polish – I’d have likely taken the same approach. Really nice work.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#14 posted 07-14-2012 11:39 AM

Very nice. I’m sure she is a happy gal.

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 07-14-2012 02:00 PM

Great design and wood combination. I love it!

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

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