Ring box made of black and white ebony and purple heart.

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Project by Andy posted 02-20-2016 06:25 PM 2947 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for multiple rings to sell online. The black and white ebony is my first attempt at a 4 corner grain match and it worked out ok but it didnt match up perfectly. I wanted it to be a surprise when you opened it so the outside does not show any purple heart you dont know its there until its opened. The ring tray is purple heart with handcut dovetails and i even made the ring rolls out of a dowel rod wrapped in foam paper then wrapped in black velvet which came from a goodwill dress purchased for about $10. I was pretty happy with the way the project turned out. Thanks for viewing, Andy.

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 07:30 PM

Really cool box! That ebony is beautiful

-- Sam --- Tulsa, OK

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 08:38 PM

Very interesting box. I see what you mean about the grain pattern not lining up. My suggesting is that you cut each piece to length and then cut the 45 degree miter from the back side afterwards. This will assist in keeping the grain as close to matching as possible. I know that its harder that way, but practice will pay off in the long run.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 09:23 PM

Yes that is actually what i started doing after that box and also i think i will start cutting my pieces with my japenese hand saw because the saw kerf is so thin on that blade. After the pieces are cut ill go back to the table saw and cut the miters ill post my next box to see how it works out.

-- Andy Smith

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 12:11 AM

Beautiful box – everything about it is nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 12:22 AM

Andy, the key to a corner match may be not cutting much or anything off the length when you undercut your 45. That is more likely the problem rather than the cross-cut on the lengths.

I especially like the time you took to shape the purpleheart tray inside. Nice work. You may want to look at this method of cutting 45s. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 12:45 AM

Al, that jig is awesome its like turning your table saw into a shooting board thats a new one to me. The worst problem with the corners not matching on that box was actually a bad resaw on the bandsaw i think the blade was loose and i had to plane more waste away than i wanted to and i cut the widths down in strategic places to help compensate that it was a mess. That box was stubborn.

-- Andy Smith

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 01:33 AM

Really nice box, never thought of looking in Goodwill for supplies… Makes sense and I’m sure you can find some great deals

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 09-11-2016 09:13 PM

The white ebony paired up with the purple heart is pretty amazing. This a very beautiful box! Nice work !!

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