Tiger Maple and Ziricote Jewelry Box

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Project by woodn posted 02-11-2018 05:04 PM 1880 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I have said in the past, I often design a box around the wood, or woods I have. That was the case here. A gorgeous piece of maple from Kevin at, and a nicely figured piece of Ziricote. Wish the box was a bit bigger, but I used the entire piece of maple and glued up the lid panel with not much left over as well. I love Ziricote, (after I am done working it). It dulls tools, causes cast iron tops to become high friction with the dust it gives off, and can ruin a drum sander belt on the first pass. But once past all that, it’s had to beat its beauty. I like getting wood from Kevin as I pick from actual photos of each piece, and his detailed descriptions are true and accurate.

The hinges on the box are Brusso. The lining material I use is actually an upholstery fabric that is a faux suede and very elegant but rugged. The box is finished in satin lacquer.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 05:12 PM

Gorgeous choice of woods. That ziricote is fantastic.
I like the satin finish too.

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 05:15 PM

When it is done well, a simple design well executed with a great choice of woods makes a thing of beauty. Yep this fits that description. Very nice.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 02-12-2018 03:41 PM

this is beautiful. What finish did you use?

-- Every day is another opportunity to create something great. [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-12-2018 03:47 PM

I spray solvent based lacquer. Specifically, BuffCote by Mowhawk.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 02-12-2018 07:17 PM

VERY nice!

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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#6 posted 02-12-2018 10:28 PM

that is a beauty!!!!

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#7 posted 02-13-2018 04:18 AM

wow. beautiful box. Love the maple and the top.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 02-13-2018 04:56 PM

Bob, this is a great box: with first class hinges, nice sliding trays, and a super finish. Of course the wood is spectacular. Nature did a wonderful job on the Ziricote tree, and you did it justice by letting the maple and the Ziricote woods speak for themselves. I like your square trays because you can put them in ether direction after you take them out. Looks like you did a careful job of fitting the suede to the box and trays. I may have chosen a different color, but everyone who makes a box is entitled to their own taste. What is the actual size of the box? Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 02-17-2018 12:36 AM

The box is 8” x 12” x 5 1/2” high

-- Bob

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#10 posted 02-17-2018 09:19 AM

I was looking for a design for a memory box to make for my sister-in-law who is having a baby that won’t survive childbirth. I found my inspiration here. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 02-21-2018 05:47 AM

That’s a beauty ,I wish I had that kind of patience … ;-)

-- only take credit where credit is due

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#12 posted 03-02-2018 03:25 PM

This is yet one more example of some fabulous boxes I’ve seen on Lumberjocks. I’m now making some more intricate boxes. I just finished one with dividers and trays (photos to come soon) and found the precision difficult. I’ve created a several jigs like a bevel sled and small parts cross cut sled to assist me. I’ve now built a few shooting boards and am trying to learn small parts planing techniques. Darn, that’s hard.

But I suspect that there are far more techniques to learn. So, I’m asking some of you experts like WOODN or BOXGUY to point me in the direction of a few good books, websites, or DVDs. I’m not asking for all your secrets, but I suspect there are a few places where I can pick up some finer details.

And thanks again for sharing your beautiful creations.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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