Lyptus Jewelry Box

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Project by Maveric777 posted 07-17-2010 02:21 AM 2540 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I was able to head down to Sulphur Springs Texas and spend the day with Rsmith71. Talk about an awesome day! He showed me around a “Real” shop and was so full of info my head was spinning when it was time to leave (Robert really knows his stuff). I also was given a massive parting gift. All kinds of scrap lumber ranging from cherry, walnut, mahogany, ceder, and lyptus. I drove my wives PT Cruiser to visit and I think he was hell bent on cramming as much lumber in that little car as he could…

Well, I realized I built a few boxes for other folks and have yet to build one for my bride. So I picked the newest and coolest lumber I could find in the pile and commenced to build this lyptus box. I have never seen lyptus before much less built anything with it, so this turned into a fun “Learning Experience”...

As far as the box goes the entire thing (except the pull) is lyptus. I came up with the maple pull on the fly and liked how it added contrast to the box. I started off the finish with two coats of danish oil then got to worrying about ware and tare. Seemed lyptus splinters easily so i wanted to add the extra protection of polly. So I waited two weeks to make sure the danish oil cured out then gave it a wipe on polly coat (just for good measure…lol)

Ohhh and about the lining…. I am blaming that 100% on my 7yr old daughter. She thought it would be perfect and there was no way I was going to talk her out of it. I surprised my wife and oldest daughter with it and they went nuts over it….. I guess I did good?

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 07-17-2010 02:33 AM

Simple yet elegant… I especially like the handle and the feet… well done…You dun did good mate.

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 07-17-2010 03:10 AM

Cool box and thumbs up on the lining LOL


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#3 posted 07-17-2010 03:53 AM

I agree with your 7 year old. The lining is perfect!

-- curious woodworker

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#4 posted 07-17-2010 04:09 AM

Looks good man! The lining works, looks great!

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#5 posted 07-17-2010 04:57 AM

Very, very nice!

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

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#6 posted 07-17-2010 10:55 AM

Very neat box. The lining is cool you made a great choice. Children seem to have interesting ideas that we would never think about..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 07-17-2010 04:48 PM

Nice box…

I haven’t tried Lyptus yet… How do you like it?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 07-17-2010 08:27 PM

Nice box I’ve never heard of Lyptus before is it a native American wood or is it eucalyptus from Oz there are so many woods & so little time
p.s. is it true no Leopards were hurt or injured during the making of this box

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 07-17-2010 10:52 PM

niice little box
I´m not into this leopard design things not even on the right curves…...LOL
but it seems to work well with lyptus
so you better listen to her in the future when it comes to design….LOL

thank´s for sharing it


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#10 posted 07-18-2010 04:38 AM

Very stylish and well design, i too like the pull so much i may have to borrow this design on some of the boxes that are in the works…BC

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 05:57 PM

Very cool box

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 07:38 PM

looks good

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#13 posted 07-19-2010 05:05 PM

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. Lyptus was a new experience for me and I learned a lot working with it. One thing I did find was it seemed to want to splinter on the end grain at places. Nothing major though and once I discovered it i just was a little more careful with it. Another thing that threw me for a loop was when I was cleaning it up for the finish even denatured alcohol raised the grain. I thought i was doing something odd so I resanded the problem areas and tried again. You guessed it… it returned. So I had to just blow and wipe it off the best I could before adding finish…

The animal print is kind of growing on me I suppose. I got to admit it does match the lumber well, but that was nearly sacrilegious to me to even install it on my work…lol. I find myself in constant battles around the house trying to keep stuff like that out of the house. Can’t explain it other than “I highly dislike animal print”

Thanks again for the kind words everyone!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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