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Project by cajunpen posted 08-17-2007 09:44 PM 3060 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My darling bride (of 39.8 years) asked me to make her a tray to put on her dresser. She wanted a place to keep her everyday items (earrings, rings, watch, rosary, etc.) in. I came up with this box for her. The woods are Hickory and Paduck. I finished it with 2 coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly. This project included two firsts for me – the keyed miters and the divider. I think it came out alright, but not the perfect piece I wanted :-)). I’m working through Bob Stowe’s Basic Box Making book and video. I have pretty much finished making all of the jigs and sleds – now off to the shop to make some boxes that Don will like – Small Boxes.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 08-17-2007 09:56 PM

First, congratulations on your marriage of 39.8 years! Second, I believe that you have mastered both the keyed miters and the divider. It’s a beautiful box.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 08-17-2007 09:58 PM

Nice box, Bill! Very pretty with the contrasting wood colors.

Your bride should be very happy with it.

As for the “perfect piece.” Do we ever get there???

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-17-2007 09:59 PM

Sure looks good Bill. I’ll bet Mama was happy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-17-2007 11:31 PM

Nice. Love the colors.

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#5 posted 08-18-2007 03:17 AM

great item. nicely done. crisp and clean. routed edge on top adds a lot of visual interest.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 08-18-2007 03:29 AM

Beautiful work Bill. Congrats on those 39.8 years and on a wonderful piece of woodworking craftsmanship.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 08-18-2007 07:59 AM

Thanks to all for the compliments AND congratulations on the marriage years – wish I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing (except I’d have bought plenty of Microsoft and Yahoo stock).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 08-18-2007 09:51 AM

I really like it, Bill. The woods contrast each other beautifully. Nice work.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 08-18-2007 02:05 PM

And what would have made this “perfect”??

40 years…. and what’s in the plans for the big celebration that is fast approaching??? :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 08-19-2007 02:28 AM

Bill, this is a beautiful jewelry tray. That’s one of the things about making Jewelry Boxes, they normally require at least one tray. The one I’m making now requires three for the top shelf and one in the bottom.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Bob Stowe inspired boxes, Bill, because I just love small wooden boxes!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 08-19-2007 12:01 PM

Thank everyone for their kind words. Honestly I think my project came out nicely – but when I look at some of the work produced on the LJ forum, I am simply humbled. Hopefully one day I will get there.

MsDebbie – I stand corrected the box was perfect – my lovely bride told me that it was :-)). As for what we will do on Jan. 6 (the big 40 day) I don’t know yet – I do know that I will give her a great small box (I’ve heard that Don likes them too).

Don, I have just milled some Sassafras that I picked up on vacation a few years ago. I’m going to try one of Doug Stowe’s boxes and will post the pics as soon as I’m finished. I’m working nights this weekend and hopefully when I get up Monday I’ll get it going.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 01-18-2008 03:14 PM

Beutiful work.

-- Jerry Miller

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#13 posted 01-18-2008 06:54 PM

Very nice design and execution!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 01-19-2008 03:41 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- Happy woodworking!

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