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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 09-18-2019 07:47 AM 872 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hot off the bench, the latest production. Teak jewelry box with sapele trim, and copper sheet inlay.

I typically begin a box with several design ideas in mind and build the box around them. With this box, the centerpiece was to be the copper inlayed top. Secondly, I wanted to incorporate breadboard type wings as part of the top as well. Third, I wanted the box to have the appearance of being somewhat old and rustic. And lastly, I wanted the box to appear as though floating when viewed from a certain frontal angle, as is shown in the 4th photo.

The legs are tenoned into the carriage.

To texture the copper sheet, I set it on the concrete and gently hammered it until I had a uniform dented texture.

All glue-ups were done with a 2part epoxy, engineered specifically for teak from Smith and Co., U.K.
Dimensions: 30cm L x 20cm W x 15cm H.
95º stop side-rail hinges from Prokraft, U.K.
Sliding, removable top tray for rings or ear-rings.
Lined with black velour.
Finished with L.O., and buffed out with beeswax.
2mm copper sheet.
Double mitre splines.
Magnetic closure.

Overall, I am happy with the build, but there are a couple defects that caused me to want to throw this box against a wall!
I overcut for the hinge, and the plug is VERY noticeable.

There was some tearout when cutting for the mitre splines, of the 8, 4 have tearout to this or that degree. I sanded out the worst of it, then made a filler of epoxy and sanding dust and tried to hide the defects, but the filler went too dark.

Close up of copper inset.

Have a nice day.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 09-18-2019 09:35 AM

Sharp-looking box, Brian. It’s tough to get a filler that will match the color, as they all seem to go darker when you add the glue binder.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Andy

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#2 posted 09-18-2019 01:12 PM

Very Nice!
Unique design and wood selection caught my eye. The boo boo’s are a bummer but they are just an integral part of the process. I often keep my oops boxes around as a reminder of what to avoid doing or the solution to the problem.
Well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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swirt

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#3 posted 09-18-2019 01:45 PM

Nice! I really like the appearance of this box. The sculpted legs are a nice touch.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Knockonit

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#4 posted 09-18-2019 03:26 PM

that is just gorgeous, thanks for the show and tell
Rj in az

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 09-18-2019 03:56 PM

I really like the interior of this box, not so sure of the batwing exterior look though. Thinking with the fine interior more just plain old box on the outside would have worked with the Teak being the main selling point. ad the textured copper lid for a win.

What do you suppose the tearout was about? I only used Teak one time on some outdoor furniture, it’s just crazy expensive in Ohio, but I don’t remember it being friable. What blade geometry did you use on the miter spline cuts, or was it a router bit. I’m thinking saw with ATB may explain that? If you have one try a FTG and see if it doesn’t cut that Teak cleaner.

-- Think safe, be safe

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PaulDoug

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#6 posted 09-18-2019 03:59 PM

Beautiful wood, beautiful design, beautiful detail, beautiful finish and great craftsmanship. The few minor” defects lets a person know it was hand made, which to me adds to the over all beauty.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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MrWolfe

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#7 posted 09-18-2019 04:50 PM

Beautiful job Brian.
I think fixes are part of the process, for me at least. Figuring out the failure so that I don’t repeat it is a huge lesson for me. I wonder about the points SteveN brought up too. Maybe time to just sharpen your blade?

I especially like the design and the round compartments in the trays and the double mitred splines are a great touch.
What is the granular white material in the center panel of the lid? Is that the copper inlay? Its a little unclear for me from the pic that you’ve posted.
Congrats and a great box.
Jon

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#8 posted 09-18-2019 04:58 PM


What do you suppose the tearout was about?

- therealSteveN

I did use an ftg blade for the splines, it was just a wee bit unsharp. Plus, and probably more importantly, I should add a new backer to my jig.

Thanks for the rave! This box marks a turning point, in that I will from here on devote as much time to interior detail as I do to the exterior. With that being said, I cannot do “plain old box,” its not in my nature.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 09-18-2019 05:02 PM

Maybe time to just sharpen your blade? Is that the copper inlay? Its a little unclear for me from the pic that you ve posted.

Congrats and a great box.
Jon

- MrWolfe

Yessir, and yessir! I added a close up for you!
Thanks for the gracious words, Jon

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#10 posted 09-18-2019 05:07 PM

Thank you all for the compliments!!! :))

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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mel52

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#11 posted 09-19-2019 04:25 AM

Man, that is just beautiful. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 09-19-2019 05:40 AM


What do you suppose the tearout was about?

- therealSteveN

I did use an ftg blade for the splines, it was just a wee bit unsharp. Plus, and probably more importantly, I should add a new backer to my jig.

Thanks for the rave! This box marks a turning point, in that I will from here on devote as much time to interior detail as I do to the exterior. With that being said, I cannot do “plain old box,” its not in my nature.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Gotcha.

I still don’t have the correct words, not plain as in boring, just maybe more conventional in shape. I think the sides I called batwings, just look unbalacing. But I really did love that interior. Boxes need guts, and those are splendid guts.

Keep making.

-- Think safe, be safe

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 09-19-2019 07:31 AM


not plain as in boring, just maybe more conventional in shape.

- therealSteveN

Thanks SteveN. One thing I did consider as to those batwings was that perhaps I shouldve had the grain running horizontal to match the box, rather than veritcal. I think there wouldve been better “flow” that way.

To do so wouldve have required another glueup to get the right height dimension, and I took the easy route.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#14 posted 09-19-2019 07:32 AM



Man, that is just beautiful. Excellent job !!! Mel

- mel52

Thank you, Mel52

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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Peteybadboy

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#15 posted 09-19-2019 08:36 AM

Brian, that is a great box! Lots of great design ideas there. Thanks for posting.

-- Petey

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