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03-20-2014 09:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood jewelry box

This year is my 20th anniversary and I’m planning on making a jewelry box for my wife. I have until July to get this done. The box itself won’t be anything too complex (I’m only an advanced novice), but I wondered what people would choose to use for the wood. Price is not an issue. I want something beautiful and special. She won’t be impressed with the wood just because it’s expensive. If it’s expensive, it needs to because it is also beautiful.


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#1 posted 03-20-2014 09:09 PM

What kind of wood does she like? Dark wood or light wood? Reds or browns? If not sure look at the furniture she picks out.

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 09:14 PM

pear and figured walnut, elegant + beautiful = :)

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 09:29 PM

Pear. Hmm. I’ve never heard of using that. :). My lumber store has lots of stuff, but I’ve never seen Pear.

I would say she tends to like medium or light woods, although it isn’t a critical thing. I don’t think I’d use wenge, for example, but I bet walnut would be fine, especially if it were the accent wood.

Keep the suggestions coming.

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 10:06 PM

Lacewood and ebony.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 11:20 PM

I’m on vacation right now and while we were walking to the pool, I started up the old hypothetical conversation with my daughter, “if you could invent a wood to look any way you wanted, what would be your favorite?” Then
I tried to get my wife involved. Man. I’m good. :)

Her answer was two-tone with streaks of light and dark and definitely browns rather than reds. She likes my aromatic cedar except for the color, for example.

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 12:29 AM

Apparently she likes hickory flooring.

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#7 posted 03-21-2014 12:51 AM

Walnut and curly maple sound like what she would like from here.

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

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 01:26 AM

Royal Macassar ?

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 03:46 AM

Walnut and curly maple would look really good, I’d say just do a search and see what all you can find since I’d say any and everything you can think of has been created. You’re going to have to use google since the search function here still isn’t fixed.

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 03:59 AM

Swiss pear,Has a nice mauve color easy to work,finishes great.
Not sure where you are located Tropical and exocits of Latin America has very nice stock.They are in Carlsbad Calif.
Don’t forget to put a piece of jewelry in the finished box , if you make one you know she gonna look for something .

-- Aj

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#11 posted 03-21-2014 04:15 AM

Way ahead of you Aj2. Her engagement ring has been missing its diamond for years. Time to fix that.

Walnut and curly maple was the very first thing I thought of, but frankly finishing maple freaks me out. My very first project was in maple and the novice attempt at finishing ruined it all.

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#12 posted 03-21-2014 04:57 AM

I doesn’t matter what kind of wood is used. The Eye Caching value options for a wooden anniversary gift is a fine wooden furnishing. So give first priority to the furnishing on the wood.

-- Omega Home Automation and Electrical Contractor Toronto:

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#13 posted 03-21-2014 10:17 AM

Lots of questions need to be answered. Most of all likes and dislikes. Does she like elaborate or does she prefer conservative and practical. Does she have lots of jewelry, or a few special items.

For something special, look at the cocobolo box that Greg just posted.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 03-21-2014 11:02 AM

I used purpleheart and curly maple and it turned out great.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#15 posted 03-21-2014 03:55 PM

I saw the cocobolo box and to me it looks awesome, but when I showed Jenn (among many other no box projects) she didn’t light up or anything. I saw a teabox posted yesterday with a sliding top shelf and I think that’s more her style.

It’s funny, her taste is very different than mine. I showed her an absolutely awesome burl on something and her response was, “that looks like something that an old person would have”. Doh!

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