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Project by Boxguy posted 451 days ago 1525 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured is a (7 1/2×5 1/2×6 inch) jewelry keeper with a book-matched Black Olive veneered top and American Walnut sides and tray. The corner splines are White Oak. It features a lift-out tray, steel continuous hinge, and small dividers made from Venetian blind slats. The bottom has a cloth liner. Finish: one coat tung oil, 3 coats wipe on poly, 1 coat paste wax.

The lift is made with an angled spindle sander that is located at three points.

I have been using this three point lift on my boxes this year.

A friend has been commissioning boxes as gifts for her many grandchildren as college graduation gifts. Taylor is the latest to graduate with a degree in linguistics. After looking through many different woods and combinations of woods in the shop, my friend picked these woods as “just right” for Taylor. It is nice sometimes to craft a box with a particular person in mind.

If you look closely at the crazy grain in the olive veneer, you can see some wild figure…even in a format this small.

All comment, suggestions, and questions are appreciated. Please check back. I try to respond to all your comments in batches. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 451 days ago

Another masterpiece Al!

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

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CalgaryGeoff

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#2 posted 451 days ago

Very nice work once again!

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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TheTalkingGrape

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#3 posted 451 days ago

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ellen35

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#4 posted 451 days ago

That wood really pops! What a beautiful piece.
Ellen

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

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Replies:

Topa, thanks that was a quick reply. Sounds like your electrical work has picked up lately. I liked the closet storage unit you posted.

Geoff, thanks for the nice comment. Your oak and walnut bench was very nice work and that was a great posting.

Timzo, thanks for the kind words. Always nice to hear from the Australian contingent of Lumberland. About time you shared some of your work with us.

Ellen, thanks, but what really pops is your waterfall box. What a great use of wood and color.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger

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#6 posted 451 days ago

As Topo said: “another masterpiece” ...Just awesome, Al

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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vonhagen

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#7 posted 451 days ago

simply stunning!!!! i love highly figured wood and u hit a home run!!!!!

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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SFLTim

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#8 posted 451 days ago

Al, another beautiful piece! Really like the contrast of woods, and the Olive is wild. Great work as usual.

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robert triplett

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#9 posted 451 days ago

Nice one Al. Makes me want to cut into my Olive stash, but it can’t be dry yet. I agree it is nice t make something with a certain person in mind. They will have this for a long time.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 451 days ago

great looking box. Te olive wood is real nice and I like the sculpted lift.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 450 days ago

Hey Al,

Nice work. The figuring is like a Rorschach! LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 450 days ago

Another winner Big Al

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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wooded

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#13 posted 450 days ago

Hey Guy, There are two goofy looking faces in that top. One left and one right…...;-j Fun box!

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo. jdelong264@msn.com

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jumbojack

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#14 posted 450 days ago

Very nice box Al. That walnut is some beautiful stuff. What kind of glue do you use for the veneering?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Boxguy

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#15 posted 450 days ago

Replies:

Roger, thanks. It is good to hear from you. Did you pick a winner in the Derby? Orb surprised me at the finish. It sure was fun to see women around Louisville wearing outlandish hats for a couple of days.

Von Hagan, thanks for the high praise. I certainly admire your work and look forward to your postings.

Tim, thanks for the compliment. I made a box from the mango you sent me. I’ll post it in the next a couple of weeks after it has completed the finish process. This olive veneer certainly has a fascinating grain.

Robert, thanks for noticing the finger lift. I think it is simple, clean, and functional. That grain on top of your cash box project is spectacular.

Peter, thanks for the comments. The segmented turning and complex legs on your coffee table project are spectacular. That is a really special piece.

Doc, thanks. The grain pattern is like a Rorschach Test. Just remember…what you see may be who you are. Observe with care.

Randy, thanks. Your wine rack designs have been wildly innovative…like all your other work.

Joe, thanks. I saw the two faces as well. I am not sure what that says about us.

Jack, not to mislead…this came to me as a glued up board. It was wonderful scrap from a local veneer mill. However, when I do glue up veneer I use Cold Press Veneer Glue. It may be made by Tight Bond.

-- Big Al in IN

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