Clerical Collar Box

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Project by Picken5 posted 12-23-2016 04:20 AM 1507 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A bit over a week ago, my daughter was ordained as an Episcopal priest. My wife and I couldn’t be any more proud of her. As a gift, I made her this small circular box (about 6-1/2” in diameter) to store her clerical collars. I did tons of google searches for design ideas for such a box, but I could only find a handful of leather cases for such collars. So I came up with this design for a wood version on my own. The lid rotates on a wooden (hard maple) pin/peg and locks into place via a pair of rare earth magnets. Collars can be inserted into the outer circular “slot” and the small collar studs (kinda like cuff links for collars) can be placed into the small inner “bowl”. I fretted over ease of removing her collars in the narrow “slot” and considered some alternatives, but, in the end, it was no problem pulling one or more collars out. I used an idea I’d seen for turning segmented bowls — each layer of this box was made from 12 segments. (And Jesus had twelve apostles.) I turned the exterior of the box on my lathe to smooth the outside, but, not trusting my turning skills, I used a router to smooth the interior surface. The main woods were black walnut and maple. The top was inlaid with QS Sycamore. (You may remember from the children’s song that, when Jesus was passing through Jericho, Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus.) The cross inlaid into the sycamore is purple heart.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 05:48 AM

Congratulations to your daughter, I am sure she will love that box.

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 01:18 PM

Congratulations to your daughter . . . well done dad! Your box is a work of art to the craftsman’s eye but, to your daughter, it’s the outward expression of prayers come true. God bless you both. . . .

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 01:34 PM

Congratulations to you and your daughter, beautiful gift as well. Merry Christmas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 02:10 PM

As said above, congrats to your daughter and you for this fine creation

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

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 06:20 PM

This is truly beautiful. I especially like projects where the materials and details have a story behind them and you’ve captured several here. Congratulations to you and your daughter.

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