Paulownia Box or EGB Jewellery box

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Project by robscastle posted 02-05-2016 01:25 AM 1232 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In May 2012 I made a similar box for No 2 Son & Wife celebrating the arrival of their first daughter Cailtin.
In Feb 2014 their second daughter Emily arrived, and it seems she spotted the box and asked her Dad for one as well.
I had no construction notes on how I made it so asked for it back but due to time constraints this was impossible.

So the second box was constructed from some vague photos, Lesson learned there and I made a detailed construction document this time.

Timber is Paulownia
The Inlay Banding I made from Purpleheart and Tassy Oak squares with Silky Oak edging
The hinge is a wooden dowell
The Finish is Special Danish Oil
The Glue used was TitebondIII

Height 125mm x width 135mm x depth 185mm

I cut three pieces of timber and glued them together, then using a table saw and bandsaw sectioned everything, removed the internal core and then minus the lid glued everything back together again.
Fitted the lid and drilled a 6mm hole straight through the box, and fitted a dowell as a hinge pivot, used a forstner bit and recessed the hole and fitted plugs.

Milled the inlay banding recesses and fitted the banding, then used a veneer saw to cut open the lid at the front.
Routed a radius all over and sanded to finish working up to 320 Grit
The lettering was done using MS word art, glued the printed image on the wood and cut out with the bandsaw and used a drill file on the internals of the B, glued then on and then radiused the letters on the sander

Applied Special Danish Oil.

Fairly straightforward, I could not possibly depart without fessing up to one monumential screw up I did.

I glued the left and right sides on in reverse and had to start all over again! (see picture 6) and if interested see my blog and the problem and fix.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 04:56 AM

Cool Rob.
Great job, Mate.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 11:36 AM

Very nice box, Rob. Mistakes are part of the memory now. Easy to see who’s fingers you are wrapped around.
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 01:48 PM

I really like this Rob.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 07:47 PM

Thanks for the feedback everybody, and yes Candy the grandkids are all a “great” lot its a pity I will not be around to see them marry and have kids of their own, but thats the life cycle I guess. I as a child expected my grand parents to be around and possibly live “forever” and I very clearly remember just as I got to spend time with them they went and snuffed it on me! gotta make the most of it!!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 02-06-2016 08:00 AM

Those squared stripes catched my eye.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-07-2016 11:38 AM

Ivan that is some of the veneer inlay banding I made back in 2013, I may have used the same method similar to your Fir Box.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 03:04 PM

Nice work Rob, it looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-14-2016 03:12 PM

Very nice, great eye candy.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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