Celtic Jewelry Box

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Project by Jacquelyn Smith posted 06-25-2015 11:44 PM 3751 views 16 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut and Maple inlay.
Claro Walnut legs.
Kelpie Waterhorse design.

This was a Custom Jewelry Box for a client who really wanted to WOW his wife on their anniversary. The Kelpies and the celtic designs were all very meaningful for them as they had traveled to Scotland together. Most of the inlay projects I have done in the past 5 years have been with an inlay router kit. With these you make templates and then fit everything by hand. This piece however couldn’t be done that way unless I was retired and wanted to spend the rest of my retirement whittling away at the wood, thus, greatly disappointing them both. I worked with a local CNC company to do the inlay. We arranged to cut to the inside and the outside of the artwork line hoping to create a tight fit. It was very challenging (mostly due to different computer programs and trying to coordinate them) but it all worked out in the end.

I made the Leoapardwood box using 45’s all around except for the bottom which has a floating panel. Then I cut off the top on the table saw. This makes a perfect fit when you line the top with trim (which holds in a mirror). The trim fits perfectly into the bottom.

I carve the legs by hand. Basically I cut them out just as you would a table leg and then I shape them to look right and fit. The tricky part is to get them to look and be very similar sizes after the most difficult part of remembering how I did the last one! Lol.

Thanks for the feedback. Love Lumberjocks!


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#1 posted 06-25-2015 11:48 PM


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 11:50 PM

Great work and what a beautiful Piece. Love the wood and especially the legs. More information would be welcomed by all of no doubrt…

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 11:50 PM

Beautiful work Jacquelyn. I really like the legs and of course the inlays really pop the piece.
Have you done any marquetry? If not you should. You would excel at it.
Thanks for sharing this lovely box.

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

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 11:58 PM

Beautiful jewelry box! The figure in the leopardwood is outstanding—and I love those legs!

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

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#5 posted 06-26-2015 12:05 AM

Truly beautiful work. I love everything about this box!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 06-26-2015 12:12 AM

Wow. That is a fantastic piece.


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#7 posted 06-26-2015 12:20 AM

That looks really nice. A lot of design thought.

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#8 posted 06-26-2015 12:22 AM

love the Leopardwood looks a lot like lacewood. The maple stands out beautifully, I think the walnut inlay is lost due to the color. It doesn’t stand out, and looks muddy.
The workmanship and the design are beautiful ,

-- Jeff NJ

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#9 posted 06-26-2015 12:31 AM

Really nice work. It’s easy to see how the legs would be a challenge. And you handled them wonderfully.

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

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#10 posted 06-26-2015 12:34 AM

Leopardwood and Lacewood are related.

Yeah, I wanted darker walnut too. I didn’t have enough money for the darker walnut or even dye at the time. :( It actually looks good in person. I had a lot of trouble photographing it because the Leopard wood kept going really dark and reddish. Hmmm . . .giving me ideas . . .


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#11 posted 06-26-2015 01:11 AM

Very beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#12 posted 06-26-2015 02:47 AM

That is a seriously beautiful design. Excellent work

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#13 posted 06-26-2015 04:23 AM

You knocked it out of the park.

Stunning !

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#14 posted 06-26-2015 04:34 AM

Yowzah!!! Absolutely beautiful. I’m trying to imagine all the work that went into making that.

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#15 posted 06-26-2015 05:51 AM

Jacquelyn. this is lovely work. You have overcome several design problems with great solutions. I like the curve on the bottom drawer as it follows the leg base. The lily pad tops are delicate and beautiful. Interesting wood choices. My two favorite parts are the runic corner designs on the top and the beautifully sculpted drawer pulls. Those are especially well done. The corner designs balance the center design and make it fit the piece. The drawer pulls draw the corner posts into the design and balance those. Leg posts and a lift top lid create mechanical problems at the rear of the lid, but your flared tops help disguise the problem. It is difficult to say for sure from a photo, but the legs look to be walnut and the pulls look to be mahogany. I think I would have considered matching the wood in the pulls and the corner posts. Are the insides of the drawers and top area divided in some way? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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