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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-28-2013 08:57 AM 1863 views 10 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this pattern a couple of months ago for the Holiday 2013 issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. It had been a while since I made a box, and I wanted something that would be large enough to hold average sized Christmas cards, and that you could accomplish by only using the scroll saw.

Since cutting perfectly straight lines on the scroll saw is difficult, I decided to have the sides slotted, and the edges fluted. This allowed the corners to lock into place with each other and if by chance the person making the box didn’t cut it perfectly, it wouldn’t be as noticeable.

The lid has the phrase “O Night Divine” scrolled into it. For those who read my blog, you may remember that I had made the lid once, and after I showed it on my morning post someone very kindly told me that I spelled the word “divine” incorrectly (DOH!) (I had it spelled “Devine!) Unfortunately, it was after I had cut it out that I found the error. While I was somewhat upset, I was happy that I hadn’t sent the incorrect lid to the magazine. I suppose it is good to show things here and get opinions. I know now how to spell it, and I will probably never goof it up again. :)

I posted the pattern for the box on my site a couple of days ago (SLD430) and I am astounded at the huge response I received from it. I am very proud of it though and I love that it is pretty, but not very difficult to cut.

My sample here is made from 1/2” and 1/4” bird’s eye maple. The lid liner is made of walnut. I finished it with my usual mineral oil/spray shellac method which gives it a nice, warm finish. The lid, as you see, is all scroll work with the phrase “O Night Divine” scrolled in to depict Christmas Eve. On the sides, there are 10 Nativity characters.

I hope this box will be a nice keepsake and become a family heirloom. I made a matching set of ornaments which I will post in my project tomorrow. Thank you for looking.

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





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michelletwo

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#1 posted 09-28-2013 09:02 AM

:-) ..request devine as alternate spelling in the dictionary & cya!! :-) pretty box. very pretty box.

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 10:17 AM

Great Project Sheila!
It’s no wonder that it is a Good Seller, Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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paul44224

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 10:20 AM

That is beautiful work, and design, Sheila!

Paul

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Jim

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#4 posted 09-28-2013 11:01 AM

I want to say, I don’t like you…..................lol That’s just absolutely awesome!!!!!!!!!!

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 09-28-2013 11:48 AM

Sheila that is a very nice box
I remember the spelling error but I never saw it as wrong LoL
A scroll saw that has spell check :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 09-28-2013 11:53 AM

Beautiful box. Even without the scroll work it would be excellent, but add the scroll work, just awesome. Love the corners on this box.

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#7 posted 09-28-2013 12:04 PM

This is a beautiful design. I wish that I had the patience to do this type of work. I have a very nice variable speed scroll saw, but have not had the patience to start something like this.

When will the magazine hit the newstand?

A square version would look greaqt with a battery-powered votive candle flickering inside.

Really nice!

Tim

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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hoss12992

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 01:01 PM

Amazing! Absolutely love this one. Great job

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#9 posted 09-28-2013 02:02 PM

Beautiful design and outstanding craftsmanship.

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

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#10 posted 09-28-2013 02:07 PM

Wow. Love the detail.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 09-28-2013 02:27 PM

Thank you all very much! I had to restrain myself from adding hot-fix rhinestones to the box, as I wanted to keep it somewhat basic, but I certainly think that adding some crystal “bling” would also look nice. I haven’t received it back from the magazine yet (they take a while to ship our projects back to us) but when I do, I may give in and add some stones to it. I do think it is pretty how it is, and I think it will be a wonderful keepsake gift. :) I truly appreciate all of your kind comments and remarks.

Sheila

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#12 posted 09-28-2013 02:33 PM

Restraint is good!

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

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#13 posted 09-28-2013 02:36 PM

Howdy Sheila. Beauiful job! You have some incredible scrollworking skills.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#14 posted 09-28-2013 03:05 PM

I love it! May try a little bling.

-- Nancy Antley

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#15 posted 09-28-2013 03:55 PM

Cleverly constructed and beautifully decorated, Sheila.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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