Decorative Box

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 08-25-2013 08:27 PM 2991 views 20 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Mike Jagielo decorative box design is made from tiger maple and bubinga. It measures approximately 11 1/2 inches wide, 5 1/2 inches deep, and 3 1/4 high. The tapered legs are at a 4 deg angle which gives it kind of an oriental look. The lid pivots on pin hinges. For a finish, I used Watco Danish Oil natural color sealer and 3 coats of water based poly. The bottom inside of the box has a felt liner. The only change I made from the Mike Jagielo design is that I put a dragon fly inlay in the lower right corner. The wings of the dragon fly are pearl, and the body of the dragon fly is green abalone.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 09:08 PM

I’m really impressed with the look of this one! The slight taper really sets those legs off in my opinion. The inlay is an exceptional touch as well. Extremely nice job, sir.

I am doing something similar for my daughter’s jewelry box. Question – how did you attach the legs to the sides? I was going to use 1/4” dowels as my sides are 5/16” thick. The corner legs are slightly larger like yours.

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 09:10 PM

Really nice quality piece of work! I love how you mixed different woods and the dragonfly detail is a very nice personal touch and makes that much more unique. Great job.


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#3 posted 08-25-2013 09:19 PM

Thanks folks.

The sides are attached to the legs using biscuits.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 09:40 PM

Sweet… love the combo of timbers

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 09:40 PM

Very nicely done—especially the dragonfly inlay.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 11:32 PM

Really cool looking box. I like the idea of the extended handle.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#7 posted 08-25-2013 11:35 PM

Very nice! The bubinga and maple go well together.

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#8 posted 08-25-2013 11:35 PM

Beautiful box, Wayne. That dragonfly is stunning

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 08-25-2013 11:48 PM

Really a stellar job on the beautiful boxes, Wayne…..I know nothing about building boxes, and when I see ones like you’ve built, it’s the sign of a true craftsman….We have several on here like that….I’m just not one of them… The two woods really comoliment each other, and great job on the inlayed dragonflys…..Mother of pearl and Abalone go together like a horse and buggy… just got to have both….Keep up the great work, my friend….I always enjoy your craft…....Thanks for all the Ranger newsletters, too…....

-- " Never, under any circumstances, take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night..."

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#10 posted 08-25-2013 11:58 PM

Now these are some beautiful boxes. Nice all around. Love the dragonfly!!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 08-26-2013 01:17 AM

Really beautiful boxes Wayne and the dragonfly inlays just add to the beauty…Excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#12 posted 08-26-2013 07:58 AM

These are a superb set! Awesome to say the least! Love that inlay work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#13 posted 08-26-2013 12:57 PM

That’s a decorative box alright ! Beautiful design beautifully executed ! goodon’ya !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#14 posted 08-26-2013 01:01 PM

Thanks everyone!!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 08-26-2013 01:09 PM

Beautiful boxes Wayne. This really caught my eye because I made a similar box a while back ( I also used tiger maple. but the other parts were walnut. Your choice of bubinga is wonderful.

As I recall, getting those pin hinges in just the right location was tricky. You obviously did it just right.


-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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