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Quilted Maple and Black Walnut Jewelry Box

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Project by BryanFaz posted 08-16-2019 11:31 AM 1264 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

High school graduation present for our youngest daughter. Our second valedictorian…not proud at all. The woodwhisperer, Marc Spagnuolo, designed the jewelry box. He and Brian Benham provided the plans that made this project viable. I recommend their plans and videos highly. I watched several of them a dozen times. The wood combination, IMHO, really made this project fun. The quilted maple billet, with 5a grade figure, was purchased from Guitar Wood Experts, Tigard, Oregon. It was absolutely stunning. The black walnut was a gift from Paul Rhodes, Madisonville, KY. I was quite honestly concerned my skill level was not on par with this gorgeous wood. After it was all said and done, well I’ll let others decide. It was a long 7 months…I tend to hold onto projects longer than most folks I suspect.

Marc’s designs are well thought out and he doesn’t use the simplest methods…not simple for a hobby woodworker. His joinery for instance. Hand cut dovetails on the drawers and on the frames for the side doors. This was a heckuva project for me to learn how to hand cut dovetails. I’ve used a router dozens of times to make a dovetail joint. As many of you know, it ain’t the same. Marc’s joints were absolutely perfect. Mine were not. Thankfully my woodworking coach, Bo Jones, was there to keep me straight (the best he can).

So many lessons learned on this project. I have fallen in love with lacquer. And I’m getting better at rubbing out a high gloss finish with pumace and rottenstone really takes a gloss finish to the next level. The two woods and the design itself saved me.

The pictures don’t completely capture the brilliance of the two woods. The best I could do!!





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robertjacob

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#1 posted 08-16-2019 11:59 AM

Very good, do you recorded a video while making this, if you have share it, looks very good. thank you for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-16-2019 01:12 PM

excellent work and a worthy occasion.

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 08-16-2019 01:25 PM

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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BryanFaz

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#4 posted 08-16-2019 01:40 PM

Thanks guys!!!

RobertJacob…I did not record videos while I was working on it. Very sorry…I did everything twice, at least. HA

Thank you grantd!!!

Amen recycle1943.

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#5 posted 08-16-2019 01:44 PM

I dig it.

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htl

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#6 posted 08-16-2019 03:58 PM

You really did some beautiful work!!!

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#7 posted 08-16-2019 04:14 PM

Beautiful wood grains and excellent craftsmanship.
Gorgeous work!!!
Jon

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#8 posted 08-16-2019 09:06 PM

Wow that is good. So good you should loose the chain (peeve of mine sorry in advance) buy nice stop hinges. A beautiful piece all in all. Well done.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 08-17-2019 04:40 AM

That’s some of the most beautiful wood grain I’ve ever seen. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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BryanFaz

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#10 posted 08-17-2019 05:51 AM

Thanks guys. You are too kind. And Petey we talked about ordering a stop hinge. I had a chain in the shop so that’s what I went with. ;)

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 08-17-2019 10:22 AM

I set it upright but failed to mention how stunning the quilted maple is – obviously the finish makes a BIG difference

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 08-17-2019 02:16 PM

You done that wood proud! (and kudos to the genius kid 8^)

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#13 posted 08-24-2019 12:34 AM

Congratulations on a beautiful piece.

-- AJ

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BryanFaz

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#14 posted 08-24-2019 03:52 AM

Thank you all again for the comments.

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