My Bright Ring Box

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Project by WoodMosaics posted 10-06-2008 07:06 PM 2943 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my “Bright” Ring Box. It measures 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” and is 2” high. There are 72 pieces, both full and half size diamonds and triangles, on this box. On the top there are 32 half-size pieces where it would normally have 16 full size pieces. It is finished in its natural color with 5 or 6 coats of clear wiping varnish, rubbed in by hand. The pieces are a bit over 3/16” thick, glued onto a Baltic Birch base.

The type of wood is listed on the bottom of the box from the center out. On this box is “Hackberry” from Missouri, “Purpleheart” from Central or South America, “Wenge” from West Africa, “Satinwood” from Sri Lanka and “Walnut” from Missouri.

On the bottom I signed it, listed the wood, and dated it. After the date, the words “Foot Cut” let you know I made it on a foot powered table saw.

It is lined with black velveteen. It has 3 “ring pads” on the bottom forming 2 slots about 2 ½” long, for rings.

I have a matching set of up to 8 different boxes with this design and coloring I will be showing.

RB Bright


Now this video again was made by Tara (weirdwolf) from She can take the credit for the good picture quality of this video.

Thank you for looking,
Robin Tucker, the maker of Wood Mosaics

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#1 posted 10-06-2008 08:02 PM

Great looking peice, and the level of precesion is amazing.

Thank you for posting.

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 10-06-2008 08:25 PM

Very nice!

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#3 posted 10-06-2008 08:49 PM

Really nice work. I admire your accuracy.

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#4 posted 10-06-2008 10:32 PM

Your work is amazing.

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#5 posted 10-06-2008 10:58 PM

Awosome job. I love the woods you used. Great job!

-- christopheralan

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#6 posted 10-07-2008 07:16 AM

Beautiful box, very good workmanship, nice color.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 10-07-2008 03:08 PM

I’m a fan of your box work. You seem to have perfected a technique for making precision cuts of small pieces and I love the quilting connection. I used to quilt with the older women of my family when I was very young and the weather was bad outside. I remember being so amazed at how they would give me pieces to sew that looked like they didn’t belong anywhere and how the finished quilt looked like it was a perfect match in every detail. I still don’t have that kind of thinking skill.

One small question or two if you don’t mind. You use the plywood as a substrate for the woods you use and the edges are usually visible when you’re finished. Have you considered a way to cover the plywood edges so they don’t detract from the piece? Also, have you experimented with edge gluing the pieces so they need no substrate?

Thanks for any response in advance,

-- Jim

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#8 posted 10-08-2008 05:18 AM

When I make a box like the Glasses box like I put on today, I make it as one solid but hollow block. Only after it is completely sanded do I cut it open. I then sand the edges smooth and round the corners, yes the plywood base can detract for some but my main objective is to have the continuity of the grain on the lid continue down to the bottom on the pieces I cut in half. You will see this more in the boxes I put on 2 and 3 days from now (if you can stand to look at them). I maybe could have glued a thin piece of wood around the edge but it would have broke up the grain going from the lid to the bottom and also added to the time it took to make them, I have never got much for the time it took to make them, in the first place.

The plywood I used on the Glasses box is 3/16” Baltic Birch, 5 ply, which to my way of thinking is pretty good plywood. I never wanted some cheap soft 3 ply plywood showing. I wanted a thin walled box but still enough to hold a screw for the hinge.

In 4 and 5 days I will be putting on some cabinets with this design that have drawers, the plywood will show on the drawer front behind the overlay. I have no idea how I could have made them and not show it there.

As far as edge gluing goes, there would not be the strength I would want for the box, and no place for the screw for the hinge.

I’ve done what I do with very limited expense and tools. Could it be better? No doubt it could be.

I hope this answers your questions on why I make them as I do.

Thank you ALL for your comments.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#9 posted 10-08-2008 01:02 PM

Great craftsmanship!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 10-08-2008 05:53 PM

Thanks for the detailed response. Just so nobody who reads this thinks I don’t appreciate what you do – I love your work.

My thoughts on the plywood thing was to increase the wood thickness to 3/16 + 3/16 = 3/8 which is the same as the wood plus the plywood now. That would give you the same room for the hinges. I would glue the box over a plywood jig in the same shape you use now that would fall away after making the cut to “open” the box. As for the strength of edge gluing as oposed to your existing method, your right, you would be giving up something… that is until you come up with another unique way to do edge glueing! ;2)

Anyway, I’ve stuck my nose in your business enough now so I’ll just repeat – I love your work. I know I don’t have the talent or the tools to even come close to what you do so I’ll just keep making my plain old boxes.


-- Jim

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#11 posted 10-09-2008 11:59 PM

Beautiful work! Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 11-06-2008 05:04 PM

Hey, that is really well done.Beautiful is all I can say!!! I custom make high end Jewelry boxes and I appreciate seeing excellent work like yours. Thanks for the great photos.

-- John in Elmira

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