Walnut & Birdseye Maple Box

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Project by FaTToaD posted 12-16-2010 07:14 AM 3108 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small jewelry box I made as Christmas present for my girlfriend’s mother. She’s been very supportive of my woodworking, even giving praise to some of my first boxes. They were so bad I was too embarrassed to even put them on LumberJocks. She has also mentioned on several occasion how much she loves walnut. This is probably the my favorite piece so far. I went all out on this one, I even used Brusso hinges for the first time. They are certainly worth the money.

The sides and bottom are made from an interesting piece of walnut I had. The top and miter keys are made from a piece of birdseye maple that also has a little bit of curl to it. The overall diminsions are approximately 10” x 5” x 4.5”.

The finish consisted of a couple coats of BLO, followed by several coats of dewaxed shellac, and finally a couple coats of wax. It’s not perfect, but I’m pleased with the results, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to love it.

Oh, and the felt I got a JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts. People always ask.

Larger Pictures Can Seen Here

Comments and feedback are always welcomed. Thanks for looking.

-- David

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 12:03 PM

Nicely Done, David!!
You can’t go wrong with a Walnut/Maple combination…
She’s going to love it!!
Thanks for sharing it, and a Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

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

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 01:37 PM

Looks good David. Oh by the way, Woo Pig Sooie.

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 01:43 PM

Excellent box David. As Mike says, you can’t go wrong with Walnut and Maple… and that Maple is terrific. Tight splines and miters too. And pleasing girl friend’s Mom… smart guy. Good job!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 03:25 PM

David, I think you done good bud. I really like the walnut stock you used for the sides. After seeing a close up of the grain (picture 6) I can see why you used it. Love the figure in it!

Also I am glad to see someone else making special gifts for the folks who support us. I am currently finishing up a special box for a man who had more faith in me than I did. I felt like I couldn’t even cut a straight line, but if you asked him I could build anything. I know how excited I am about giving him my token of thanks for the support. I am sure you are chomping at the bits to hand over this nice piece of work.

Congrats David….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 06:12 PM

Very nice work David. Beautifiul wood.

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#6 posted 12-17-2010 04:15 AM

Very nice box David. Excellent choice of wood and very well made.

Thanks for sharing

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 12-17-2010 08:59 AM

Great Job, Love the wood. Not just the walnut/maple combo…but the particular pieces of wood used. Love all the character of those boards!

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 04:49 AM

cool box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 05:01 AM

I think it is a very nice looking box and a good choice of woods

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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