watch and cufflink box

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Project by Eyal posted 10-26-2014 05:09 PM 3065 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my fourth box, a watch and cufflink box that i will be giving to my brother in Australia.
The box is veneered in walnut burl over 1/2 inch baltic birch ply that i purchased from
it features the same black and white lines i’ve made in my previous boxes that border the box right next to the boxwood edging.
i wanted to try something new on this box. for some time i have been very interested in the mother of pearl escutcheons that Andrew Crawford uses on some of his boxes and decided to give it a try. on test pieces it came out satisfactorily, however once i added the black and white border to the mother of pearl escutcheon i lost some of the accuracy i was aiming for and it came out a little less then okay.
i wanted to try velvet to line the interior this time instead of leather. While it does not compare to the luxury status leather has, i can see myself using it on future boxes.
i bought the watch pillows on ebay for a little over a dollar a piece, and used a fabric dye to match it to the velvet.
The box trays are 1/2 inch wide, thicker than i would normally use, however i wanted a bolder statement for the watch compartment in contrast to the birds eye maple compartments for the cufflinks.
The finish is french polish and it took considerably less time with better results than i had in the past. i used pumice to completely fill the pores before i started the french polishing. all that was needed was about 20 minutes to a panel aside for the final burnishing process, all in all 6 hours time over a period of a few days.
This box as with all my boxes except for the first were made from Roger Bean’s documentaries that are available for purchase at
I made a short picture video of some of the steps i took and posted it on you tube. Watch and cufflink box.

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 05:53 PM

Very nice! You have a lucky brother.

The photography looks first class as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 11:17 PM

Gorgeous box! Love your veneer matching and those lines around the trim are very fine. The walnut burl is beautiful. Well Done. I’d say the lessons from Roger are paying off! Well Done.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 11:34 PM


-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 12:17 AM

What a delight to log on and see this box looking back at me. It’s a favorite shape, but one many people will avoid because of the curved lid. This one looks wonderful in walnut. I particularly like the interior. The contrast between the light and dark woods sets off the blue lining nicely. And indeed, velvet is nice to use. Plus, it’s easier to find colors you want. Great work. Can’t wait to see your next one!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 10-27-2014 12:56 AM

Nice box Eyal. The walnut looks good and the trim suits it perfectly. I too like the contrasting interior elements. Congrats to you and Roger both. I can just see him grinning like a proud uncle.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 10-27-2014 03:19 AM

Very nice looking box, love the walnut veneer. Great work with a classic design.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 09:37 PM

Beautiful wood box! Masterful craftsmanship

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 10-28-2014 12:03 AM

Absolutely gorgeous! You and Roger should both be proud.

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

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#9 posted 10-28-2014 12:37 AM

Extremely nice! Love this box.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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