|Project by Nugs||posted 10-23-2013 02:05 AM||1159 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
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.