New Jewelry box in the works...and I want your input.

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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 12-01-2008 02:00 AM 2592 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok fellow LJ’ers. I am working on a new jewelry box and I would like your input on what wood to use on the interior for the dividers and trays.

The box is made with Lacewood, with Padauk and Wenge stripes and accents. The box does not have a finish on it yet (just FYI, I am planning on using a gloss poly and then rubbing out back down to a semi-gloss.)

Here is what I currently have in stock.

Curly Maple
Lace wood
a very little bit of Sapele
Ambrosia Maple

I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with this one yet. I may sell it or keep it for myself (that was my original intention.)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 02:10 AM

I think Sapele would go with the darker box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]



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#2 posted 12-01-2008 02:15 AM

Nice one Greg, I like the Wenge myself.

-- Please bless me in woodworking, Adrian is my husband and teacher!!!

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 02:19 AM

Wenge gets my vote.

It’s a beautiful box by the way.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 02:44 AM

I vote for wenge.

It will look good but I really like the way it sounds – wenge.

Nice looking project!

- Wenge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 12-01-2008 03:22 AM

Either Wenge alone or you could continue what you’ve already stated in the cover with lacewood and wenge (The horizonal strip(s) could be of Wenge and the rest of the strips done in Lacewood.)

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 03:30 AM

You guys are too good for me. With projects like those that I have seen recently, I will never catch up to you guys. Fantastic work on this box. Truly a magnificent job. I think I will stick to my Spaghetti Pasta Building. At least if it doesn’t turn out good, I can eat it. :) Great job my friend.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 04:01 AM

Nice box. I would think Wenge would make for a nice contrast to the lighter interior.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#8 posted 12-01-2008 05:55 AM

A beautifully designed piece befitting some of my favorite woods. Thanks for sharing.

-- JMP

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#9 posted 12-01-2008 07:39 AM

Wenge or walnut if you’re definitely going with what you have on hand. I suspect walnut would be easier to machine if you are using any complicated joinery as wenge can be brittle and prone to blow-out/splintering.

I’d also like to throw out another candidate as a nice interior secondary wood. I like using spanish cedar for trays and dividers. With no finish or a light washcoat of shellac this wood adds to the box with an olfactory component. Of course you have to like the smell of the stuff. Just my 2¢.

Snazzy looking box BTW, Greg.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#10 posted 12-01-2008 11:51 AM

Great looking box. I’d agree with the wenge for the contrast. Douglas has a good point about cedar being aromatic, however.

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#11 posted 12-01-2008 12:55 PM

I have to agree with Doug – I love the look and feel and aroma of cedar, but have also recently started using a lot of ambrosia maple – just cuz ya never know what yer gonna get when ya open that stuff up – really interesting staining from the fungus. if cut very thin and buffed to a gloss – looks really nice.

Are the accents on the front corners splined into the joints?

-- .......and if ya screw up, you can heat yer house with it......

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#12 posted 12-02-2008 08:53 AM

Beautiful box. Love the clean lines and design. Gives me some ideas for perhaps a new humidor :)

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#13 posted 12-03-2008 04:18 AM

Greg I hope you enjoyed your trip over the holiday. The box is looking great. I believe I would either go with a combination the two woods or wenge alone.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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