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Boxguy's 200-year-old Jewelry Keeper

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Project by Boxguy posted 473 days ago 2125 views 13 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: a jewelry keeper (9 3/4 x 7 1/4 x 5) featuring a sliding tray with asymmetrical dividers and a lower body with a ring holder and further dividers. The top is Maple from a burl formed on the side of a 200-year-old maple tree (hence the title). The sides and tray are Black Cherry, and the corner splines in the tray and the box are Hard Maple. This box has a mortised and custom fitted piano hinge, rubber bumpers for the tray, and a stop chain affixed with bent cup hooks. The finish is one coat Minwax Tung Oil, 3 coats of Minwax wipe-on poly, final coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax. Click on any of the blue words above and it will take you to a tutorial on that topic.

Focus: With this posting I want to again stress the importance of making internal trays, dividers, and ring storage units in jewelry boxes. Purpose-driven boxes that are designed to do a job, sell well, and are appreciated as gifts.

Philosophy: My goal is to craft long-lasting, useful objects that are a joy to touch, a pleasure to see, and a delight to use daily. While most of my boxes are for sales, I craft each one with as much care as I would put into a box for a friend or relative. Even if you are making just one or two boxes for family members I would suggest we all can strive for the same goal.

Thanks I appreciate all of you who took time to look at this posting. I especially appreciate those who take time to make comments or ask questions. Comments and questions make these postings fun for me. I will respond to comments in batches so check back on this posting to see what rejoinders and answers I give to your comments and questions. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 473 days ago

Well done, Love the colors and the splines. A real beauty!

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

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 473 days ago

Super looking box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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CalgaryGeoff

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#3 posted 473 days ago

Nice build again. I too strive for excellence on each project I make and learn from every one as well.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 473 days ago

Another awesome box.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 473 days ago

Hi Boxguy,

A beautiful box!

Great choice of woods.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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rodman40

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#6 posted 473 days ago

Beautiful wood for a unque box, great job!

-- Rodman

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 473 days ago

First Set Of Replies:

Ken, thanks. The pink in the spaulted maple does pick up the pink in the cherry. I don’t know which project you posted I like best…the surfer key chain or the reeled TP.

Jim, thanks.

Geoff, thanks your projects reflect your words…you do keep striving. I didn’t see you combining some of your cutting board techniques as tops for boxes?

Topa, thanks. Good to hear from you, as always.

Lee, thanks. Your veneer work is impressive. I especially liked your demilune table project and you cabinet builds.

Rod, thanks for the high praise. Might be time to post some of your work from your Florida shop.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger

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#8 posted 473 days ago

Wow again, Al. This’ll last another 200 years or more. Very detailed, very beautiful.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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weav

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#9 posted 473 days ago

Beautiful box. I love the wood colors and the shape.

-- jerry

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Dave Haynes

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#10 posted 472 days ago

Absolutely love the box and the wood choice of the 200 year old maple burl. What I like even more (if that even would be possible) is your willingness to link to tutorials. With a recent interest in making boxes, this gives and old man like me new hope. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana, http://www.oldaveswoodshop.com

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jaykaypur

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#11 posted 472 days ago

I really like this box and I also like the words you put in your description. Hopefully some of your tips will seep into my old head one day. You do amazing work and are an inspiration to neo-woodworkers like myself.

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

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 472 days ago

Another very nice box Big Al, always a pleasure looking at your work.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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dustyal

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#13 posted 472 days ago

I might have missed it, but have you talked about your procedure to round the corners, edges? You seem to put in a larger radius that I have done on boxes. I like the look and I should experiment, but was wondering if you had tips.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Boxguy

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#14 posted 472 days ago

Second Set of Replies:

Roger, I wish this box would last another 200 years if for no other reason than it would make the title doubly ironic.

Jerry, thanks for noticing the shape. It was partially determined by the size of the burl slice, but you’re right it is pleasing.

Dave, I am glad the links are of help. I never know if they are worth the time it takes to add them in. You have been posting some very nice boxes yourself. They seem to be getting more refined as you go. Nice work.

Jay, thanks for the thoughtful reply. Your rustic builds are fun and show you have a really nice imagination and sense of what looks good. The boxes you have posted show real variety and sophistication I hope you keep at it. If I can be of any help…just ask. I have certainly had fun in the shop crafting boxes for the last three years.

Blackie, it is always a pleasure to see what you are posting as well. Good to hear from you.

-- Big Al in IN

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DocSavage45

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#15 posted 472 days ago

Al, Looking at masterful craftsmanship I have comr up with a Mantra. It’s for me but it may help others? 3P’s Patience, Perseverance, and Precision. I am working on the first and last P’s. Looks like all 3 here? Have you considered a chest? Wabi-Sabi.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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