LumberJocks

An Early St. Valentine's Day Gift

  • Advertise with us
Project by littlecope posted 541 days ago 1116 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.





25 comments so far

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12835 posts in 2579 days


#1 posted 541 days ago

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

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

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

111999 posts in 2173 days


#2 posted 541 days ago

Very nice work Mike She has love it .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Lenny's profile

Lenny

1229 posts in 2123 days


#3 posted 541 days ago

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

View JohnnyRThrottle's profile

JohnnyRThrottle

23 posts in 586 days


#4 posted 541 days ago

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, http://www.woodworkerJohnnyR.com

View ellen35's profile

ellen35

2556 posts in 2028 days


#5 posted 541 days ago

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

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4085 posts in 1453 days


#6 posted 541 days ago

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 :)

Jamie

-- 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

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

14584 posts in 2272 days


#7 posted 541 days ago

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

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

View lew's profile

lew

9937 posts in 2351 days


#8 posted 541 days ago

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.

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

4833 posts in 1394 days


#9 posted 541 days ago

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 ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

View Kristoffer's profile

Kristoffer

670 posts in 1812 days


#10 posted 541 days ago

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

-- Cheers and God Bless

View littlecope's profile

littlecope

2881 posts in 2098 days


#11 posted 541 days ago

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.

View gfadvm's profile

gfadvm

10533 posts in 1286 days


#12 posted 541 days ago

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

View ~Julie~'s profile

~Julie~

572 posts in 1630 days


#13 posted 541 days ago

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

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

View WoodenFrog's profile

WoodenFrog

2737 posts in 1509 days


#14 posted 541 days ago

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

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

View EMVarona's profile

EMVarona

436 posts in 1432 days


#15 posted 541 days ago

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

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

showing 1 through 15 of 25 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase