Karin's Wedding Box

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Project by croquetman posted 05-09-2009 02:10 PM 1897 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another of the boxes I made as a gift for a niece about to wed. The inspiration came from a japanese fishing tackle box – sort of. Once I got into designing the box it became large, heavy and complex. This is really two boxes. The set of drawers lifts out completely to reveal a layer underneath. Obviously the top opens. To accommodate access to the inner set of draws the front drops down. I had wanted to felt the inside of this drop leaf to make a tray, but it just didn’t work esthetically or mechanically.

The box is heavy, so it needed the brass handles to make moving about on a dressing table possible. Perhaps that’s why, subconsciously, I made the inner box removable. Whatever. The box ix walnut from Gramps’ farm. The pecan top is from Amy’s Isabel tree. Karin loves the box even though her hubby is fast becoming an extraordinary woodworker in his own right.

-- Whatever

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#1 posted 05-09-2009 02:20 PM

This is a nice box that is even more special given the story of the wood that went into its construction. I have often said that the story behind a project is often as important as the piece itself. I think it was a good idea to include the beefier hardware due to the weight of the box as well.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-09-2009 02:23 PM

The side’s gentle curves are nice. I really like this piece.

-- Tony, Sacramento

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#3 posted 05-09-2009 02:32 PM

The Japanese box that inspired this project was also tapered. In this case the tapering was done with a spokeshave after the basic box was built. This box has a tremendous amount of storage. Four drawers, a double tray on top and an egg crate tray over the full bottom. Everything is felt lined. Knowing Karin, I very much doubt she will fill this with jewelry. That’s OK. I just want it to be used.

-- Whatever

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#4 posted 05-09-2009 03:59 PM

Very complex piece. Well done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-09-2009 05:35 PM

I like everything about this box. The shape, the hardware, and finishing touches. I’m sure it will be used, if not for jewelry, then something else. A real heirloom piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-09-2009 11:07 PM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 05-10-2009 01:54 AM

That is quite the box. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 05-10-2009 02:37 AM

Thanks to all for the kind comments. I must say this was an enjoyable project: start to finish nothing went according to plan (What plan?).

-- Whatever

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#9 posted 05-10-2009 02:59 AM

There so much to this box, storage , finishes , wood grain and unique compartments. A gem of a box a true family heirloom. Thanks for posting …Blkcherry

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#10 posted 05-10-2009 03:03 AM

Most excellent box I too like the curved sides, but the whole design is most outstanding and great build.

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#11 posted 05-10-2009 10:11 PM


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#12 posted 05-10-2009 10:31 PM

very nice project…im sure it was recieved with affection….i am working on a mega jewlrey case myself and can appreciate the work involved…good job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 11:56 PM

Very unique. Very beautiful

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