Maple and walnut jewelry box.

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Project by Stephen posted 02-27-2014 04:13 AM 3781 views 7 times favorited 16 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 02-27-2014 07:45 AM

Very nice looking box

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 09:45 AM

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 02-27-2014 11:19 AM

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

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 11:58 AM

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

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 02:14 PM

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 02-27-2014 03:26 PM

Lovely work. Like coffee and cream.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 05:12 PM

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 02-27-2014 09:23 PM

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 02-27-2014 09:31 PM

Well done, very nice wood combo.

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

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#10 posted 02-28-2014 03:08 AM

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 02-28-2014 09:41 PM

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 03-04-2014 12:29 AM

Love that maple, very nice!

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 03:08 PM

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 03-05-2014 02:51 PM

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

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#15 posted 03-05-2014 03:12 PM

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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