An Early St. Valentine's Day Gift

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Project by littlecope posted 01-27-2013 10:32 PM 1902 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box, this time a small Jewelry Box for my Sweetheart, Debbie…Debbie and I...

She has been there for me, through thick and thin, for twelve years now (though we’ve known each other since 1977!)
This bit of work is to thank her… for everything…
It has Red Oak sides, Philippine Mahogany top and bottom, and Maple Hardware. The trays were made from the same Red Oak (for sides), and for what it’s worth, were also matched and wrap-around…Matched grain top and bottom...

It was a pleasure to build… :)
Comments, Criticism, or Friendly Banter always Welcome!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 10:36 PM

Another absolutely charming piece and fun read. Well done Bud. You are getting really good.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 11:03 PM

Very nice work Mike She has love it .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 11:14 PM

I don’t know if it was just luck or your good eyes but the mahogany any oak match up very well. I am a bit angry at you…for setting the V-Day bar so high! Well done Mike.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 11:16 PM

Very nice work. I took a few minutes and had a look at some of your other boxes. The one major thing for me was your hinges and latches. I love how you keep changing them and they are very creative. I’m fairly new to woodworking and Ive enjoyed trying different ways to make the box unique and not look like an assembly line piece. I hope to try more latches as I have just been experimenting with hinges. Some of your hinges,(the long ones) I don’t know how you get them so straight. Any tips and please have a look at my stuff. Thanks for posting Johnny”R”

-- JohnnyR, England,

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 11:19 PM

Great picture of you two! She will love the box and the box maker!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 11:39 PM

Mike a great box but I think I had better hide this one
in case Shirley sees it, I’m trying to get away with a card :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 11:45 PM

You are on top of the season Mike. Bet she will love it.

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

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 11:58 PM

Making things for the ones we love is always the most fun, isn’t it.

I know she will cherish this forever, Mike.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 12:09 AM

Nice one Mike.
I always notice your work but this fine little box caught my eye because I’m working on one at the moment with wooden hinges and a wooden catch (different) myself.
You do nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 01:35 AM

Good job, great gesture! I hope that you two enjoy the next twelve years.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#11 posted 01-28-2013 02:01 AM

Dan: Thanks for the kind words Dan… You have quite a talented Cat my Friend! :)
A1Jim: Thank you too Jim!
Lenny: I’m sorry about that, please don’t be cross!! To be honest, I knew that I was making this for Debbie, but it’s only Happy Circumstance that it was ready sometime in the neighborhood of Valentine’s Day… :)
John R: Thank You and Welcome to LJ’s!! I checked out your work my Friend… You’ve got Good Things going on, definitely not Assembly Line Work!!
The “Hardware” is often the most enjoyable part of creating boxes for me… There are no limits to the possibilities!!
As far as your question about “long” hinges, they keep themselves straight simply by sharing the same hinge pin through the length of them… If I’m right about the ones you’re referring to, I blogged their construction here ...
If you’re interested, I rambled on at some length beginning here too, about some other kinds of hinges…
Ellen: She did and does my Friend… :)
Jamie: I’m just hoping that this gets me out of having to put anything in it this year!! :D
Topo: Debbie is very happy with it Bob!
Lew: It is indeed, the most fun my Friend… :)
Shipwright: Thank you Paul. It’s hard not to notice your Work, it is amongst the best on Lumberjocks… I look forward to what you’ll be coming up with on your new project!!
Kristoffer: Where have you been Buddy?! It seems like ages since I’ve heard from you… I hope everything is well…
I read yours’ and everybody’s comments to Debbie… We both really appreciate them! Thank You very much!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 01-28-2013 02:40 AM

Nice “VD” present Mike. This box has so many features that indicates the amount of time you put into it. You know I love your hinges but that catch is pretty crafty and the way you mortised the handle into the tray: VERY crafty. Debbie looks like a keeper to me. Keep havin fun.

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

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#13 posted 01-28-2013 02:52 AM

That is just beautiful, Mike, a work of art!
Someday I’m going to try your technique of making special hinges and catches.

-- ~Julie~

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#14 posted 01-28-2013 03:22 AM

Very Nice Mike! So very nice!
I love the latch and hinges!
Great job, nice pics Too…

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

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#15 posted 01-28-2013 09:53 AM

That’s beautiful. Your boxes are getting finer and finer each time.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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