Quarter Sawn Sycamore and Ziricote Jewelry Box

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Project by woodn posted 02-08-2014 10:53 PM 2719 views 23 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a “pile” of pieces of wood, some that have been book matched, set aside as possible box lids. This book matched Ziricote piece has been around for several years. When I picked up this QS Sycamore, I thought I had a match. The cream color of the Sycamore was a good match for the light streak in the Ziricote. The pull and lid lift are also Ziricote.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 11:10 PM

wow that box looks amazing, I love the simple clean lines, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 11:33 PM

I love the look of quarter sawn sycamore! You did the wood justice with this beautiful box! The top is marvelous.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 12:06 AM

Nice one.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 12:50 AM

Beautiful Box. The wood just had to go together. I have been lucky enough to get some sycamore lately works really well for turning also. Keep up the great work. Thanks.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 01:30 AM

Great design and execution. Those woods go really well together. And I’ll bet the QS sycamore looks better in person than the pics show.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 02:58 AM

That is a beauty

-- Power to the people.

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 04:33 AM

Very nice. I like the mitered edge drawer detail a lot.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 02-09-2014 05:07 AM

Beautiful, clean and sophisticated !!! 1st class work !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 06:48 AM


-- Dan

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 11:12 AM

Wow very nice box, I like the contrasting wood in the splines, lifts and the lid. Beautiful box…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 02-15-2014 03:29 PM

This is a very nice box, just getting started in boxes myself. Would like to know how you joint the lid panel.

-- Dewayne, Athens, Al.

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#12 posted 02-15-2014 03:52 PM

The lid panel was resawn from a thicker piece, book matched, and then re-glued into this panel. I used Weldbond glue for the panel as I have had problems in the past with Titebond and Ziricote. The resulting panel was about 7/16” thick. At the router able, I created a 5/16” wide x 1/4” thick tenon on all edges, that was then fit into a 1/4” dado around the inside of the box top a glue up. I used a Whiteside Shaker profile bit when creating the tenon on the lid as that yields a nice 15 degree taper to the visible panel edge rather than just a straight 90 degree.


-- Bob

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#13 posted 05-15-2014 10:25 AM

This is a beautiful piece, love the contrasting woods. I have done a few projects with QS Sycamore and love the rays and flecks it displays. Curious about the top and bottom panels are they glued in or just floating in the dado around the frame. I am working on a similar designed box and was wondering if glueing in a solid wood top wood be a proble with wood movement.

-- Rafe Demers

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#14 posted 05-08-2015 05:06 AM

Would this be for sale by chance? I am getting baptized this June 20th and want to give my Nouna (Godmother) a jewelry box made of Sycamore wood…..because of the story in Luke 19 (Zacchaeus climbing a Sycamore tree so he could see Jesus). My Nouna collects cross necklaces so I thought a nice jewelry box would be a good gift. One made of Sycamore would be all that more significant. Please contact me if anybody can make me one or is willing to sell me one: Thanks.

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