Scallop lid jewelry box

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Project by DocT posted 05-04-2010 11:55 PM 2334 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my most complicated turning yet. I made this for my unbelievably delightful and beautiful wife (yes, she’s proofreading as I type this!) for Mother’s Day.

The base and the finial are Black Walnut. I left a bit of sapwood peeking out along the rim. I love the contrast and honesty of including sapwood.

The lid is carved and ebonized White Oak. The carving was a last minute addition. I, somehow, had some flutter in the lid as I was turning it and couldn’t remove the resulting scalloping… so I decided to accentuate the defect by carving a spiraled scallop. It turned out to be my favorite part of the project. The lid is ebonized with an iron solution of steel wool dissolved in vinegar. There are several techniques for ebonizing, but I like how some hints of brown peek through after sanding.

The bowl is approximately 5 ½ inches in diameter and stands 5 ½ inches tall with the finial. The finish is lacquer.


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#1 posted 05-05-2010 12:00 AM

This is awesome

Great job


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#2 posted 05-05-2010 12:08 AM

Beautiful Bowl DocT. The Ebonizing really makes it. Never tried that before. Have to read up on it maybe give it a try.

Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 12:36 AM

amazing work… this project turned out great (no pun intended). keep up the great work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 12:41 AM


That trouble you had with the lid sure turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the scalloped carving really takes this project to another level.

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

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 12:42 AM

I love this turning and the contrast.
The lid is fabulous,
Great job : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 12:42 AM

Really nice. I especially like the scalloped top and finial

-- Tim - He who knows best knows how little he knows.

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 12:44 AM

Love it!

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 01:48 AM

very nice

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 02:03 AM

Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 02:46 AM

Thats gorgeous. Thanks for posting

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 03:04 AM

The lid really makes the box – nice job on the carving.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#12 posted 05-05-2010 03:05 AM

very nice job

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 03:41 AM

Talk about a beautiful piece! I am glad you had the issues with the top… We wouldn’t have what we see if you didn’t (truly my favorite part of the piece).

Outstanding work…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 05-05-2010 04:09 AM

It’s interesting when the solution to a problem results in a detail like this. That lid is great! So is the rest of the project ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 05-05-2010 04:36 AM

Thanks to everybody for the nice comments! I agree about the lid. It opened my eyes to new possibilities for future projects as well! I have to admit that I was so focused on the technicalities of turning the piece that carving the lid would never have occurred to me without the mishap!


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