Jewelry box with inlay

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Project by stefang posted 04-27-2010 03:39 PM 3610 views 8 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box is for Sofie, my daughter-in-law.

These are actually two goats from Norrøne mythology which the Vikings believed in. Their names are Tanngnjost (sparks from the teeth) and Tanngrisne (openings between the teeth). They belong to Odin’s son Tor who was regarded as the next most powerful god. The goats draw his war wagon which creates lightning and thunder when he crosses the sky. You can read more about it on this link:

Goats on a jewelry box might not seem appropriate for a young woman, but I think Sofie will like it because she is also an artist and I hope she will be pleased since the inlay motif was drawn by her husband, my youngest son Mark who is also an artist. He only sketched one goat and my wife suggested that I double it to make the complete motif. I think she will also like knowing that it is an original design and especially since it was drawn by Mark.

The box is made of solid Oak with solid Mahogany inlay and details. The design just kind of developed as I worked on it. The inlay looked lonely on top of all that Oak, so I cut off the mitered corners and added the Mahogany legs/corner pieces to add a little more interest and to spread the red color around a little better. I used a wooden hinge and I rounded it at the ends to match the rounded box corners.The finish is 3 coats of poly sanded between each coat.

I hope you like it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 03:45 PM

Great work Mike!

Was this done with a scrollsaw?


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#2 posted 04-27-2010 03:54 PM

Thanks Bob. Yes I did the inlay with my scrollsaw. I was too chicken to try the bevel method with all the sharp and pointy small stuff in the motif, so I did it my own way using a method I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. The result is just so so, but it was the first time I did it that way. After experimenting a little afterwards, I found I could have used the double bevel method and could have gotten a better result. Live and learn!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 04:15 PM

Mike, I love it. You’ve got some really cool design elements going there!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 04:19 PM

looks super mike – i’ve been scrolling a bit lately – the patterns become quite complex , even simple ones

-- -erik & christy-

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 04:26 PM

Wow! You outdid yourself. That is definitely the coolest thing you have done, at least that I have seen. I love the goats motif, and your additions of color elsewhere sets it off perfectly.

You should start up a second career. But I bet you wouldn’t make very much per hour making boxes similar to that one, especially if everyone was unique. Your son comes by his talent honestly…............

I am doing some more jig work in the shop, will probably not get it finished before I leave for a two week vacation, just a visit the kids thing near Chicago, and then motoring around…....Sherie wants to go to the Indiana Amish country nearby Chicago. Then, don’t know where we will end up. Leaving from Chicago as well, so we will be in the Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin area. Doubt we will make it to Minnesota. If we find a neat place we just stay for a few days.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 04:33 PM

Wauu, now I know why you have been quiet for a while.
Nice job, is it inlay, or do they go all the way through? It’s like I see them in the lit also!
Your son and daughterinlaw are going to be proud and happy.
It’s a real Viking scrine.
Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 04:38 PM

Beautiful box! Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting. I am sure Sofie will love it.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-27-2010 04:53 PM

real nice box..great details. I disagree, about women not liking the goat inlay..I like it. Great work

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#10 posted 04-27-2010 04:55 PM

Mike, GREAT JOB!! What is the “double bevel method”? How did you cut this one? I want to learn this!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 04-27-2010 04:58 PM

Great Job, Mike!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 04-27-2010 05:00 PM

Excellent box. your inlay work is impressive.

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#13 posted 04-27-2010 05:00 PM


That’s look very intricate and well done!

I like the number of compartments inside as well, plus the proportions, as well as the double layer with the pull out tray and the wood hinge as well (lends a very clean, nondistracting look to it).

I have yet to use a scrollsaw… maybe one of these days.

Just like the last jewelry box, the felt looks professionally installed. Great job!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#14 posted 04-27-2010 05:04 PM

Thanks for all those nice comments guys & gals. I need the encouragement! Mads Yes, the inlay isn’t really a true inlay as it goes all the way through. I just didn’t have another name for the technique. I really enjoyed the scrolling and I’m am intending to do a lot more of this “inlay” work on various small projects from now on. I am trying to figure out how to combine it with segmented turning.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 04-27-2010 05:18 PM

Hey Cozmo The so called double bevel method is a technique to get perfectly flush inlays. The technique is widely used to do marquetry work and other inlays with veneers or thicker solid wood. You can search on the following link for more details. The 2nd link is a pretty typical project you might want to look at. Some of the other sites will have some technical info. I think you would really enjoy doing this kind of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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