Zigzag Pattern Jewelry Box

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Project by woodreamer posted 12-23-2016 08:02 PM 1458 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little box had some interesting challenges for my skill level. The wood hinge and latch was something I wanted to try for a while now, so was my first attempt at this design feature. The first two ended up as scrap, because I used poor choices of woods (hemlock and poplar) as well as orienting the grain horizontally instead of vertically, where the strength is needed for a hinge or latch. I chose Zebrawood for the hinge and latch resulting in them being stronger and more attractive I think. The hinge tended to want to tip the box over backward because of the extra weight and angle. I adjusted the angle by adding a small stop block , trying to match the grain of the hinge and stopping the lid from leaning back. This seems to have solved the balance issue.
The lid was made from stack – cutting a piece of sapele and maple on the scroll saw , then edge gluing them. The other set left over I plan to use differently, with two hinges on either side of the box for the lid.
Finally, I added purple heart feet, mostly to add some weight to the body, and hopefully to add some elegance to this odd looking box: W-5.5 inches ; D-3.5 inches; H-3.5 inches.
Thanks for looking. Look forward to some comments, as always

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 08:35 PM

really like the lid
The cavities are as unique as the lid

-- 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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#2 posted 12-23-2016 10:04 PM

Looks great Bob.
Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 11:40 PM


-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 11:46 PM

Very stylish and elegant box! I really like the wood combo you used—very striking!

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 12:07 AM

Lots of Boxs on here but this just jumped right out at me.
One of my all time favorites !. Brilliant design and quality of craftmanship.
You have great vision and skill. Big fan of Zebrano and purple heart and you
have sure done it justice. Well done and thanks for sharing your Artwork.
Regards Barry. Windsor UK.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 02:00 AM

Thanks all for the great feedback!

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 12-24-2016 04:32 AM

Excellent work!! Realling like the unusual design with the zig zag pattern.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 04:38 AM

Hinges are magnificant! Very interesting and unique top pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 07:00 AM

Made it to the top 3! Thanks so much all your comments and happy holidays.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#10 posted 12-24-2016 12:07 PM

Nice interesting looking box

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