First Box - First everything. Handmade Jewellery Box

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Project by Bluebear posted 07-20-2010 01:23 PM 4205 views 7 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood types:

Base-border – Oak
Sides and lid – Mahogany (oak frame on the lid)
Side-inlay – Birch
Flowers – Pine
Leaves – Unknown (any suggestions?)


The feet were inspired by Daikus Coffee Table Box. I chiselled and planed most of the material away, using a pencil line as a depth-guide. Used a round file to get the profile of the legs right.

The sides were done in mahogany, and before I shaped the box I did the inlay, which is very subtle (maybe too subtle… but the devil is in the detail). I like that not everyone will notice right away that they are little triangles. New things to discover when you look at it :) after I did the inlay, i made a curved sanding block and then i carved and chiselled most of the material away before going at it with my sanding block.

The marquetry was inspired by a picture I found online, and quite fitting. I added a third flower and played with the layout of the three flowers and 2 leaves until I was happy (by that I mean until my sister was happy… it took 9 tries to get it right…).

I made a mistake with the marquetry by carving out the entire pattern in the box before cutting out the pieces I was going to inlay… next time it’s definitely going to be one by one.

On a smaller note, I’m not happy with the latch… I made my own, but broke it in the garage, and my school is closed for the summer, so when I get back to it I’ll be giving it another go and replacing the latch with something else… something a bit more suitable for a jewellery box, lol.

anyway, there you have it. took about a month to make by hand…. what to move on to now? heheh.

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 01:40 PM

First box, eh? i can’t imagine what you’ll be doing once you have experience. It looks great!

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 01:47 PM

“He Shoots!... He Scores!”

Outstanding first box bud. I mean seriously… That’s crazy to be your first shot at it. Despite you discovering the steps in marquetry mid stream you still pulled it off with style. The flower on the top rocks!

I also like how you added the little details (the triangles on the side) to the project. I find little things like that give pieces that little extra something.

Good stuff…. Can’t wait to see more….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 01:51 PM


-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 02:05 PM

Exquisite detail and design. Beautifully done.Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 02:24 PM

Hi Flemming,
You are amazing!
It’s a really good job you have done, and the amunt of energy you put inside, can’t stop to impress me.
So many fine details, yes I’ll say also – it will be a pleasure to follow you, you really have a talent.
Best thoughts from another Dane.

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

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 02:41 PM

Imagine a guy… we’ll call him guy #1… who has been working on his golf game for years, struggling to get into the 80’s. One day he takes his buddy, guy #2, out to the course with him. Guy #2, who has never swung a club in his life, shoots a 69.

I feel like guy #1.


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

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 02:43 PM

Very nice Flemming, Can’t wait to see what happens with more time behind you. I really like the top inlay! Thanks for posting and keep up the good work.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 02:54 PM

Excellent looking box and fine details. Keep em coming…

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 02:54 PM

You done good, my Friend, very good!!
It’s scary to think what you’ll come up with when you “learn” how to actually make a box… ;-)

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

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 03:04 PM

Awesome box!

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 03:06 PM

An excellent box in every way (except the latch as you said) and hardly a typical beginners result. Everything about it looks well crafted and nicely designed. I can just imagine how proud you must be of it, and for good reason. I love boxes, and I will certainly be looking forward to seeing your next one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 03:14 PM

Great effort for your first. Make a few more similar to this one. You can change what you wanted and try a few new things while knowing the basic construction. Avoids “learning new stuff” overload.

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 04:00 PM

FIRST BOX! That’s talent. Well done.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 04:43 PM

First box eh? After years of struggle just to make something square – makes me want to throw in the towel. No, just kidding. Great job!

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#15 posted 07-20-2010 04:56 PM

Absolutely fantastic “first box”.............. I’m with the rest, I am scared to see what you will come up with next…....... what daring challenge you will undertake….........

Very well done indeed, especially undertaking the marquetry like you did and the fine detail of the “little triangles”.

Congratulations and now we will wait until your “2nd” box to see what you may surprise us with!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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