Box to Hold a Tiara

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Project by KnotCurser posted 07-20-2013 12:06 AM 1198 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned piece from my brother-in-law’s sister.

Her daughter recently won a tiara as a reward in a contest and her Mother wanted a place to keep it safe and dust-free.

We talked a bit and I came up with what you see here.

The box is made from Walnut sapwood and measures nine inches square and 5 1/2 inches high.

The lid is the a piece of the outer screen from an older big-screen TV and has a light grayish tint to it.

I also added some cherry splines and carved her name and the contest’s date into the front.

I made it so the lid slides out from the back and is actually attached to the top part of the frame so it all but vanishes when closed – no hinges and no noticeable seams.

I used black felt to line the very bottom and covered a piece of foam in red velvet to rest the tiara on.

Finish was a coat of Tung-Oil then a few coats of paste wax buffed to a nice shine.

Although this will be hand-carried to her in the next month or so (she is in another state), she has already seen pictures of it and loves it – that’s what matters the most!

I learned a bit by doing this box – mainly not to get spray adhesive on your fingers while handling velvet! Doh!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 12:24 AM

Bob, did the same thing putting liners in my daughters jewelry box!
BTW letters carved freehand?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 12:34 AM

Nice job. I’m sure the daughter will cherish it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 02:54 AM

Nice job.

-- Todd

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 12:25 PM

Very nice Bob.
I can see her smile from here.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 01:50 PM

Very beautiful Bob! She is going to love it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Pete Jansen

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 09:20 PM

Super nice, all your stuff is awesome. Still building my condiment carriers for a client. I’ll post a few pics tonight.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 10:47 PM

Nice box and beautiful wood, I am sure she will be very happy with it.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 07-22-2013 05:59 PM

Very nice, you did a great job as always. Different idea for the top I like it. Wouldn’t of thought of using a big screen TV.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 07-22-2013 11:43 PM

Nice build. I like the sliding, clear lid, and other details in the build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 07-23-2013 03:43 PM

Beautiful and well crafted box! Like the glass top and the joinery, a great home for great mementos.

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