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Project by Jamie Gielens posted 06-12-2013 07:47 AM 1318 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my tribute to Chris Hadfield, our greatest Canadian astronaut, and to all astronauts from the beginning of time! While it ended up looking a little like a square R2D2 that is purely accidental and as a jewelry box it really turns heads in the local gallery here.

The carcass is of Quilted Maple, the legs of Big Leaf Maple and the drawer fronts of Tiger Maple while the drawer pull “stars” are of Black Walnut – all local woods from here on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada!

The legs were finished with a Bright Crimson aniline dye available from Lee Valley. This was the first time I have used these dyes and I was quite intimidated at first, especially after reading the instructions. However, I realized that it wasn’t much different than my mother dying clothes in the washing machine when we were kids so I followed the instructions reasonably closely and it worked out fine. I did mix the dye outside on the patio as I wanted to make sure of plenty of fresh air and even then I wore a filtered mask and safety glasses. Once it was mixed though, there was no problem in using it and it is MUCH darker and brighter than the samples in the store or their catalogue which I really appreciated. As a final touch the drawers were lined with red velvet by my wife as she is much better at that than me!

-- Jamie - l'atelier Orion

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#1 posted 06-12-2013 12:12 PM

What a cool looking jewelry box Jamie….well done.

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 12:20 PM

It’s a unique design and well done. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 03:55 PM

Nice use of local woods and an innovative design Jamie.
Welcome back to LJ’s. I’ve missed your posts.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 04:22 PM

Awesome…That red dye really stands out in a very nice way.
Does it have any balance problems when the drawers are extended?

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 04:27 PM

Another unique design ,nice work.

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 06:57 PM

Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 06-12-2013 08:15 PM

Nice – I like the staggered star knob pulls

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 05:13 PM

Very interesting piece of wood!

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 09:01 PM

This box is very creative and attractive.The design is unique and very eye catching. Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 10:18 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments. Thanks Shipwright – it’s been a crazy year. Lost a lot of data and pics when our computer crashed, including logons and favourites so that’s the reason I haven’t been back on here. Just came to me out of the blue yesterday what the name of the site was and I had to register under a new name as it wouldn’t recognize this computer under the Orion Originals banner. Greg – surprisingly it doesn’t have any balance problems as of yet! That was a concern of mine when it came near to completion but I tested it before final assembly with the intention of possibly having to add a front and/or back leg in some manner but it didn’t require anything. Those feet are approximately 3 inches square and the thing weighs quite a bit so there is a lot of pressure on them even with the high centre of gravity.

-- Jamie - l'atelier Orion

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 06:01 PM

Cool and wonderful jewelry box! The design is unique, like the red legs and the pulls. Great job!

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