Off-set Bow & Ribbon Box

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Project by moonls posted 489 days ago 1908 views 16 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original bow box that I’d made last year was done using the instructions from a 2012 issue of American Woodworker. In the recent past I made a box using inlay banding that woodworking pal Ellen 35 and I made from scratch. Because the raised oak top on this box had some nice figure in it, I decided to off-set the ribbon & bow so the figure would be seen. In this case I made some new inlay banding (still a very labor-intensive process!) from maple walnut and mahogany. When it came time to install the bow pieces, I found that I had to make adjustment to 2 of the end curls because they would stick too far out over the front of the box. I decided that leaving them out totally would look out of balance so, by removing the curl and shortening the pieces, I was happy with the results! After many years of woodworking for practical purposes, I am glad to be able to create pieces for my pleasure and their beauty. Thanks for looking and comments are appreciated.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#1 posted 489 days ago

Those ‘bow’ boxes fascinate me. This is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. Good job.


-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#2 posted 489 days ago

Beautiful bow, very nice work.

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#3 posted 489 days ago

A work of art! Beautiful

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

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#4 posted 489 days ago

Bow-wonderful work !

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#5 posted 489 days ago

It’s a beautiful box and looks to be very well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 489 days ago

Nice work once again, Mom!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#7 posted 489 days ago

Beautiful, just amazing. Would like to try this one day

-- Margery

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#8 posted 489 days ago

Hello Moonls

A very nice box

The ribbon is fantastic

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 488 days ago

Very lovely box and very well crafted! Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 488 days ago

Really fantastic job. Have you ever done a blog how to for the bows? Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#11 posted 488 days ago

I like it. The ribbon really sets this box off. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 488 days ago

You really did a great job on this one. Looks so good

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#13 posted 488 days ago

Another gorgeous box, wood combos are great. I like the oblong boxes with ribbons and bows better that square. I’ve only tried one of these so far. Thanks for the inspiration to do more. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#14 posted 488 days ago

Great box, nice detail. I really like these bow boxes.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 488 days ago

Another beauty Lorna. I’m impressed with both your idea to highlight the figure in the oak and then to execute the necessary design changes to do so. Great job.

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

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