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Tulips--Looking for signs of spring

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Project by grace123 posted 03-19-2014 12:38 AM 848 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Springtime has come to the sunny southwest. The tulips in my yard are pushing up through the ground, but not blooms yet. My 83-year-old mother has been a little under the weather, so I made this box as a get well soon present.

I followed most scrupulously the directions in the blog created by BritBoxmaker. His tutorial for EZ mitre box is excellent. I also relied heavily on helpful directions provided in Shipwright’s blogs regarding veneer and marquetry techniques.

This completed box is 6 1/2 long, 3 1/2 inches wide, and 3 inches high. The background veneer is cherry. The tulip petals are zebra wood. The tulip leaves and stem are mahogany veneer. The outer box drops down snugly over the inner box which I covered with yellow leather since it suggests spring. The base of the box in walnut.





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#1 posted 03-19-2014 01:22 AM

Very beautiful, that should bring a smile to the lady’s face for sure.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 01:24 AM

Nice design!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 02:43 AM

Nice work. Never tried something like that.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 03:12 AM

You apparently are a very good student of Martyn and Paul as you did a good job!
I like your results.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 04:25 AM

That is a beautiful box and I’m sure it will cheer your mother up and set her on the road to recovery. Your marquetry is steadily improving and I am proud as I am sure Martyn is as well to have had some small part in your journey.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 08:25 AM

Great work, its a real beauty!

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

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 11:10 AM

wow that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 11:29 AM

You did a great job in making the box and the inlay is beautiful. Excellent work.

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

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SPalm

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 12:18 PM

What a beautiful box, and a wonderful design.
I am sure it will be most appreciated.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Thewoodman2000

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 12:46 PM

Very nice work! Great depth shown in the flower.

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 01:38 PM

This is absolutely beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#12 posted 03-19-2014 04:00 PM

Love it ,a beautiful box.Two great examples to follow in box making and marquetry .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 03-19-2014 08:32 PM

A beautiful box.

Thank you for the mention.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Heisinberg

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#14 posted 03-20-2014 01:29 PM

Great piece! I have a question for you. how did you wrap the inlay from the side to the top? I tried to do that same thing on one of my boxes and it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. I can’t see from your your pic but is there a seam along the edge?

-- If it's worth making, it's worth making it great!

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Roger

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#15 posted 03-20-2014 02:26 PM

Super nice build. Looks like box art. I like the way you carried the stem over to the side. Way cool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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