Ladybug Inlay Boxes

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-26-2014 02:44 PM 1673 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the 1st QTR of each year, I try to make my woodworking gifts for family members, for the next Christmas.

For Christmas 2014, one of my gifts will be Ladybug inlay boxes.

In scroll sawing, if you slightly tip the saw table and cut out a piece at an angle, the inner piece will either protrude above the base piece, or be below the base piece, depending on the table angle and direction of sawing. Someone figured out you can use this concept to stack two different types of wood and use it to make inlays.

The original pattern used cedar for the box sides and lid. I chose to use padauk because I like the red color. The pattern also used walnut stained dark for the ladybug spots and head. I had some ebony in-stock, and decided to try using ebony for the first time on this project. The ebony gives the ladybug black spots versus brown spots, which is the color in nature of the ladybugs.

If you want more details on my trials & tribulations of building these boxes, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 01-26-2014 05:38 PM

I’m a sucker for critters of all kinds, so I find these colorful boxes quite cute.

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#2 posted 01-26-2014 06:20 PM

Yep, the ladybugs are very cute!

I hoping that all the lady family members that receive them find them cute also :)


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#3 posted 01-26-2014 07:56 PM

Those are really cute. Well done!


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#4 posted 01-26-2014 08:12 PM

Neat work. nice gifts.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 01:48 PM

Nice job. I have been wanting to work with inlays. I like the graphic you included. My wife loves lady bugs and will love tis box.

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 02:08 PM

Congratulations on these. I love the design and they’re nicely done.

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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#7 posted 01-30-2014 04:24 PM

Very pretty boxes! Cute lady bug design and attractive wood colors. I’m sure they will be liked and treasured. Great job!

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