Pennsylvania Spice Boxes

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Project by Ron Messersmith posted 02-08-2018 06:03 PM 2415 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

I’ve been away for almost a year. Think I’ll get back to the shop. My latest projects are a couple of Pennsylvania Spice Boxes and a simple 4 drawer jewelry box. I don’t remember the inspiration for the spice boxes. I believe one is a Steve Latta project from an issue of “Fine Woodworking”. All of these boxes involve many handout dovetails. Most of the materials include: Claro walnut and curly maple. The rose inlay on the walnut box was purchased on-line from Constantines.

-- Jupiter

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 06:59 PM

Beautifully done. The curly maple looks fantastic.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 02-08-2018 07:49 PM

Beautiful workmanship, very very nice.
Did you know?: just like you have to be in Scotland to make real official Scotch, you have to be in Pennsylvania to make a real Penssylvania Spice Box. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

PS: your box looks so good, we’ll let it slide as Pennsylvanian this time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 02-08-2018 08:42 PM

man those are all very beautifully done.i love the wood combos and your craftsmanship is just top notch.glad to see your back at it,we need you here.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-09-2018 02:25 AM

Wow. Beautiful projects with some really eye catching walnut and maple. What finish did you use? Really have a wow factor!

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#5 posted 02-09-2018 04:22 AM

very beautiful!

-- Frank, Washington State,

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#6 posted 02-09-2018 05:45 AM

Awesome—I’ve made one of these (it was the plan in American Woodworker) and can attest to how much work they are. OTOH, they are actually a great way to get fluent in cutting dovetails. For obvious reasons—so many—but also because the sides of the drawers are usually thin, and so you don’t waste away (pun intended) chiseling the pins out.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#7 posted 02-09-2018 06:23 AM

Beautiful style and inlays.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-10-2018 12:21 AM

That’s a beautiful spice box—the inlay work is amazing!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 02-10-2018 03:49 AM

Truly stunning.

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#10 posted 02-10-2018 12:44 PM

Absolutely beautiful! I like your choice of wood combinations.

-- Bob - Berkshire, NY

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#11 posted 02-10-2018 02:18 PM

So pretty. Just wow.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#12 posted 02-14-2018 01:02 PM

Beautiful Spice Boxes!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 02-14-2018 09:58 PM

Ron , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 03-24-2018 05:51 PM

This is such an outstanding piece. You did a beautiful job on this and it’s a real eye catcher.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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