Maple and walnut jewelry box.

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Project by Stephen posted 145 days ago 1588 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My favorite thing to build by far would have to be boxes. Since I started woodworking full time, about 6 months ago, I have made probably 50 different boxes of all sizes, and this is one of my latest. Its made from ambrosia maple and walnut for the sides, and a veneered floating panel for the lid. I am not sure what type of veneer it is, I bought a huge lot of the stuff on ebay and could only tell what half of it was. I think it might be wengee, but I am not sure.
The box measures 12” x 8” x 5”
Done with through dovetails.
The little handle thing is made from curly maple.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#1 posted 145 days ago

Very nice looking box

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 145 days ago

Great looking box and love the wood to boot, they work well together.

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

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#3 posted 144 days ago

wow, I love the simple clean lines and the wood choices, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 144 days ago

Beautiful box and wood choice and very nice joinery… thanks for sharing.

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

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#5 posted 144 days ago

beautiful box. The ambrosia maple walnut and dark veneer colour combination is real nice. I like the contrasting colours of the dovetails.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 144 days ago

Lovely work. Like coffee and cream.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#7 posted 144 days ago

Nice box. Love the wood selection.

Can I make a suggestion? Plan the layout for the dovetails a bit better in the future so that you don’t have the tail and pins poking through the top as in the corner closest to us in the first picture.

The width of your wood is determined by the layout of the dovetails, or the dovetails are laid out in accordance to the width of the wood.

-- --Bob

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#8 posted 144 days ago

The box turned out great, I really like how you combined the ambrosia maple front with the walnut sides.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 144 days ago

Well done, very nice wood combo.

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

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#10 posted 144 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion Bob Areddy. I am still getting used to dovetails, and always forget about sizing my boards to make them line up until its too late. I really do need to try to remember that for next time, lol.

And thank you to everyone else for the all the nice things you have said.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#11 posted 143 days ago

I love the box!
I also love the top of the front corners where there is just a touch of dovetail showing. They look exactly the same. I know if I made this one would end up slightly thicker then the other!!
Well done!

What kind of finish did you use?

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#12 posted 140 days ago

Love that maple, very nice!

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#13 posted 139 days ago

Bubingabill, thank you for the comments. I know what you mean about them all being different, I still have a hard time lining up the boards in my dovetail jig. I ended up not using the jigs allignment thing, and just eyeballed the boards and put them in.
For the finish on almost all of my boxes I first put on a coat or two of oil (tung, danish, BLO. Just depending upon my moon) and then spray on a few coats of lacquer. After that drys I wet sand with 1000 grit paper.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#14 posted 138 days ago

Another gorgeous box! Like the attractive wood combo and great finish. Great job!

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#15 posted 138 days ago

You make some really nice boxes, Stephen.

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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