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Project by moonls posted 523 days ago 2931 views 29 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a long time since I’ve posted a project but I have been doing a lot of woodworking. And along with good friend and woodworking buddy Ellen 35, we put our handiwork in 5 craft fairs last year. This project represents some new work and new twists on a past project…

Thanks to the posting of the bow box project published in the American Woodworker magazine by LJ buddy Lenny, I was inspired to try the project myself last year. I was happy with the results back then and I wanted to now try my own modifications. I increased the size and depth of the box, made the top a raised panel, used a router bit to cut the groove for the hinge, and cut the box apart with my bandsaw instead of the table saw.

Just before starting this project, Ellen & I decided to try our hand at making our own inlay banding. We found out why they charge so much for the store-bought banding! It was a lot of work but we had fun and got a few different designs completed. The “barber pole” design caught my eye as a good one to use to make the ribbon and bow for this project. I ripped a few strips for the 3/16” ribbon and left a 2” wide by 3/4” thick chunk to cut out the bow pieces. The inlay was made from maple, walnut and mahogany and the body of the box is maple. After final sanding, the project was sealed with dewaxed shellac followed by 2 coats of water-based poly.

Thanks for looking and comments are welcome.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod





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ellen35

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#1 posted 523 days ago

I can attest to the challenge that making the inlay banding presents!
This box looks great! You really have to touch it to believe that the bow is wood. it looks very realistic.
Very nice work.
Ellen

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

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 523 days ago

That is just amazing! The edge banding ribbon is pretty special and your craftsmanship appears flawless. Also a perfect wood combination IMHO.

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

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littlecope

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#3 posted 523 days ago

That came out Beautifully Lorna!!
Very, very Well Done my Friend!!

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

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 523 days ago

Looks real nice Lorna. I can see where making that ribbon is a lot of work…not to mention all the twists and turns it makes.

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Ben

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#5 posted 523 days ago

i’m impressed

-- Do something nice for somebody

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Lumpyx

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#6 posted 523 days ago

Awesome job!

-- "For long you live and high you fly, but only if you ride the tide."

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grizzman

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#7 posted 523 days ago

wow Lorna, you really nailed this one, its really fantastic looking, its one fine dandy box, and it even has a ribbon to keep all things in the box..very very nice…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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patron

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#8 posted 523 days ago

time to practice your ‘high five’
dance and jump lorna

very nice work

-- 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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Natalie

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#9 posted 523 days ago

Yes, I had to look real close, I was sure it was a nice box with a cloth ribbon on it.
Great work! Keep posting Lorna. I’d love to see more

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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woodshaver

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#10 posted 523 days ago

WOW! Fantastic work! Love it!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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nakedjoinery

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#11 posted 523 days ago

This is a beautiful box. I can’t imagine the work that goes into that banding for the bow. impressive!!

-- mike c

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Boxguy

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#12 posted 523 days ago

Lorna, nice work. I like the extra effort on the banding of the ribbon. I don’t know if the raised panel is a plus or minus, but it does add interest to the design. This represents a lot of work and is really eye grabbing. Nice mortise on the hinge. Did you use this method?

That looks like an interesting hinge. What is it and who makes it? Did you make some internal works such as a tray to go with this excellent exterior design?

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Lenny

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#13 posted 523 days ago

As Dick Enberg (Sportcaster) might say: “OH MY!!” This is a beautiful rendition Lorna. I applaud your application of artistic license. Regarding the banding, you put in the time and you reaped the benefits. It’s gorgeous. I will be sending an e-mail to you as I have several questions. I’ve made a number of these boxes since my original post and I have at least six more to make for “customers”. I too increased the size of the boxes. Again, fantastic job Lorna. This is definitely a Daily Top 3 in my opinion.

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

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bigogre

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#14 posted 523 days ago

That bow is the best yet!

What sources did you use in the learning process for the banding? I have been wanting to make some, but my last attempt failed miserably.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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CampD

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#15 posted 523 days ago

Wow! now that’s a gift wrapped box.

-- Doug...

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