Off-set Bow & Ribbon Box

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Project by moonls posted 04-21-2013 02:44 PM 2275 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 04-21-2013 02:58 PM

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 04-21-2013 03:07 PM

Beautiful bow, very nice work.

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 03:37 PM

A work of art! Beautiful

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

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 03:47 PM

Bow-wonderful work !

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 04:05 PM

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 04-21-2013 04:16 PM

Nice work once again, Mom!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 04:33 PM

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

-- Margery

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 05:20 PM

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 04-21-2013 06:45 PM

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 04-21-2013 06:54 PM

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 04-21-2013 06:55 PM

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 04-21-2013 07:23 PM

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

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#13 posted 04-21-2013 07:38 PM

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 04-21-2013 07:56 PM

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 04-21-2013 09:50 PM

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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