Christmas present for wife, vers 4.0

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 12-30-2014 02:32 PM 3192 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas present I made for my wife. It’s the fourth version of a box I have has some really good luck with with some new changes. This one is made from birds eye maple with the corners made from walnut. The maple I received from jmartel in the box swap and the walnut was left over from my box build from the same box swap. The top I cut each segment and routered a 1/4 groove to accept the 1/4 birds eye sized to fit. The tray is made from walnut cut down to 1/4 and assembled. For the bottom of the tray I used laminate I also received in the box swap. Dividers are from birds eye maple also. The inside bottom and drawer is lined with red felt. For the finish I used formbys wipe on tung oil. Many coats til I got the finish I wanted.

I started making this style box a while back and it has really evolved into a beautiful jewelry box. The design came about as an accident.

My wife really liked receiving this. Seems with all the other projects I do, I never seemed to have the time or wood to make her something really nice. I really had a time keeping this hidden while I worked on it. Especially when it was time for sealing.

Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 04:09 PM

Very nicely done. That maple looks killer with finish on. I don’t think I’ve used any of it myself, yet.

And the veneer that you used on the bottom of the tray is Waterfall Bubinga.

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 04:14 PM

Nice box and wood. Love the maple walnut combo.

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 04:15 PM

Beautiful design, the eyes really pop….........just outstanding.
Well done.

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 05:08 PM

That is an heirloom piece for sure. The grain pattern in both the maple and the walnut are just beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 05:25 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Jeff, a big thank you for the birds eye and the bubinga. I could not remember what that veneer was. I had the wood in the shop since the swap waiting for just the right project. Lee, my wife has gone through her jewelry boxes and got the ones I have bought her over the years and placed them in her new box. Mike and Mike (0lwoodeye) I do really like the wood combination, I hope to be able to do some more in the future with this combination. Thanks for looking and the kind comments!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 05:30 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 06:01 PM

This box is beautiful, Great job!

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#8 posted 12-30-2014 06:56 PM

Wonderful workmanship.
A really well done box. Good job.


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#9 posted 12-30-2014 07:22 PM

That turned out really nice, well done.

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#10 posted 12-30-2014 08:03 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments, I really enjoyed making this and my wife loved it! Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 12-30-2014 08:22 PM

Georgeous box – I like the fact that you can put some things on top of the box as well…

My wife would love a box like this – assuming I fiiled it up with Jewelry before I gave it to her!


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#12 posted 12-31-2014 12:53 AM

Man that’s a beautiful jewelry box! I’m sure your wife really loves it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 01:30 AM

Nice job, Jeff. I am sure she likes it. Beautiful maple, too!

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#14 posted 12-31-2014 02:36 AM

Gorgeous box ! Well done !

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#15 posted 12-31-2014 03:07 PM

Awesome job, Jeff. I can see where your proud of your work. Congrats on Top3

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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