Xmas boxes

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Project by Gumnut posted 12-24-2012 11:52 AM 1952 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After some time I have had the chance to get in the shop and get creative again, here are three jewlery boxes made from curly Jarrah “Eucalyptus marginata” and vavona veneer “Sequoi sempervirens. I was asked to make two boxes for one man at work which are to be the Xmas presents for his two daughters and then another man jumped on the band wagon, needing a present for his wife.
The tray is also Jarrah with finger joints cut on the Leigh jig and lined with the favorite colour satin of the respective lady recipient. I cut some foam by using a kitchen electric knife for the ring holder section and used spray adhesive to glue the satin onto thin foam sheets that line the bases.
The hinges are from BC Specialialties
The finish is Minwax wipe on poly (gloss).
Each lady has their name Laser engraved on the lid with the favorite colour inside, the two boxes that are for two sisters are made so the veneer is book matched on the lid so when they sit side by side they mirror each other to create the bond between them.

On the lid is an inlay of silver birch that had to be removed after dying in my garden, it is edged with some stained black veneer strips that I had lying around.

All the hinges have the screws slots lined up by first cutting the thread with a screw and then slowly going through the box of screws to find the one that matches up in a straight line.

On the main box I sealed the inside surface before assembly and the joints are normal mitres.
The lid was cut off after glue up which makes the lid fit perfectly.

Hope you enjoy.
And please any comments or critique.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 01:23 PM

Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 01:34 PM

Very beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 02:03 PM

Those are beautiful boxes. I love that finish you put on them. It looks hand rubbed.
Nice going…........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 02:09 PM

Magnificent as always. Great attention to detail, which makes your work outstanding. Your work provides lessons for all who view, and set a goal for others to achieve.
Thank you for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 02:49 PM

So Beautiful! Really Outstanding Work!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 03:04 PM

Beautifully simple Peter…...
and simply beautiful !

Seasons’ Greetings my friend

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 04:07 PM

Simply elegant.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 12-24-2012 04:26 PM

These will bring a merry joy this season for sure, nice work on all aspects…BC

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#9 posted 12-24-2012 05:43 PM

Outstanding boxes. The burl veneer looks great, and the finish is superb.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 12-24-2012 06:20 PM

these are all amazing ,super wood ,design and finish

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 12-24-2012 06:59 PM

Beautiful work!!

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

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#12 posted 12-25-2012 02:24 AM

Those are just awesome. I’m impressed with your extreme attention to detail (even lined the slots in the screws up!). It doesn’t get any better than these. How did you achieve that finish with MW Poly??? I know you didn’t just wipe it on and call it good!

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

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#13 posted 12-25-2012 02:52 AM

Thank you everyone!
gfadvm – I flood the first few coats on first then when it has hardened for at least two days another light coat then a light sand with 320 another light coat and sand with 2000 wet and dry and the last coat goes on thick.
The product can be challenging but when you understand that each new coat melts the layer below you realise that speed is the trick and dont play with it or will go dull on you. Oh yes I use a clean lint free cloth for the application.
I still prefer French polish though!
Merry Christmas everyone.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#14 posted 12-25-2012 03:46 AM

It’s quite obvious you put a lot of care and detail into these boxes. They are absolutely beautiful. You certainly picked out awesome hinges – I took a look at their website the other day.

I’m sure your gifts will be great hits.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#15 posted 12-25-2012 04:27 AM

Thanks Peter and have a great Christmas.

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

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