Asian-inspired Jewelery Box

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 02-18-2014 08:57 PM 1523 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my daughter a jewelery box out of walnut and quartersawn white oak. The white oak was from a 317 year old tree at my church. The wood I made this box from was from cut-offs that would have otherwise been firewood! The figure in the white oak (picture 3) is amazing and I couldn’t bring myself to not find something to do to salvage it for a project. I still need to make some inserts for the box, but that will come later. The bottom is made of 3/8” eastern red cedar. The finish is Danish Oil (more coats to come). Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 08:59 PM

Looks great! Way to go dad!

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 09:40 PM

Very nicely done, beautiful wood and nice design. The box has an Asian influence to it….great job.

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

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 11:56 PM

Great looking jewelry box—and I love that ray fleck!

It’s nice to see beautiful wood saved from the burn pile, and I’ll bet your daughter just loves her new box!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 12:10 AM

Curtis, great job with great wood. I especially like the story behind the quarter-sawn oak. Looks like you have an interesting solution to the lid stop. I would never have thought to have the top be asymmetrical. I have a similar project that is awaiting finish. On mine the top hits on the outside edge of the back leg. We’ll compare notes in a month or so. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the inside parts. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 01:40 AM

I would not have thought that QS white oak would lend itself to an Asian style, but it works really well. Glad you didn’t burn that piece!

-- -Jim

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 03:21 AM

Awesome design-great looking oak.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 04:12 AM

Really cool, great wood combo.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 05:23 AM

Excellent, I luv the Oriental theme, will have to try this. Keep it up!

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 07:18 AM

Looks great

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 11:07 AM

Nice work, love the style…...

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

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 03:29 PM

Nice jewelry box.

How did you know the tree was 317 years old?

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 03:38 PM


I counted the rings! We were able to get a ton of slabs from the trees, including some “cookies” which is what got me to counting the growth rings. It’s very humbling to think that those trees were large even during the time of the Civil War!

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 04:15 PM

That’s a great box and a nice design.

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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#14 posted 02-20-2014 08:10 PM

You have made a simple box stand out with the angles – think it looks great

-- Forest Grump

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#15 posted 02-25-2014 04:59 PM

Great save, it came out really beautiful. The wood combo is attractive, great Asian inspired design. Like those thick legs. Great work!

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