Engagement Jewelry Box

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Project by Nugs posted 10-23-2013 02:05 AM 890 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A jewelry box I made for my girlfriend, now fiancee, for our engagement. I somehow managed to keep it a secret from her for the two months I was building it.

The front is spalted maple with carved African blackwood pulls. The main box is built out of Brazilian cherry with lots of dovetail joints. The little drawers are some South American wood that I forget the name of, very soft, carving the pulls for it was fairly easy. The ring holders are purple heart that I turned on the lathe using a couple pen blanks.

To match all the dovetails on the box I had to put some doves somewhere so I tried my hand at some marquetry, I used some walnut crotch, birdseye maple and some burl veneer to do a couple of doves. I wanted to put the year in the corner but the small letters were breaking up as I cut them so I stopped at my fiancee and my initials.

I finished the box with four coats of amber shellac and a final buffing with some 4/0 steel wool and paste wax.

Overall a very fun build the worst part of it was having to hide it while I built it and make up excuses for why my fiancee couldn’t come into the shop. It was worth it though because she did say ‘yes’ when I showed her the box with an engagement ring in it.

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 02:28 AM

Wow, this is really cool. Great job and Congrats!

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Joshua Oehler

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 03:21 AM

That is some beautiful maple..I wish I could get my hands on some wood like that. Awesome job…the xmas ideas are already brewing now….

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 05:32 AM

very nice!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 08:10 AM

Looks great, I love the front when all closed up great wood… It really Pops!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 10:38 AM

Very nice job. Congratulations on the engagement.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 02:01 PM

Beautiful box! This box will forever be special because of the sentiment expressed and the place it will hold in your family memories! Great work! And Best Wishes!

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#7 posted 10-23-2013 02:10 PM

This is very nice and well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 05:43 PM

Really nice jewelry box, nicely made. The spalted wood on the doors looks great as does the inlay on the inside. Your girlfriend bust have liked it too as she said yes and is now your fiancee…Congrats on the engagement.

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

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 11:24 PM

Very nice.

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#10 posted 10-29-2013 01:32 PM

Beautiful and well designed, like those dovetails and inlays. The maple is gorgeous. Great job and congrats!

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