Federal Style Box

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Project by SteveGaskins posted 11-27-2019 12:50 AM 1197 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked recently by a friend to make this Federal style jewelry box. The box is made from Walnut, Holly, and Gaboon Ebony, and is approximately 7”x11”x5”. The tray is made from Maple and Walnut. The Holly and Gaboon Ebony veneers were shop made and the Holly was sand shaded to create the 3-D effect on the top. The box top stringing is 1/16” Holly. I resawed the Walnut and Maple for the box and tray, respectively, to have a continuous grain match around the miters for the box and tray. The tray has a piston fit to the box and it slowly comes to rest on the tray seat as the air is displaced. The Walnut dowels in the tray are handmade, which gives strength to the tray dividers. The tray and box bottoms are crushed velvet. I used Brusso 95 degree stop hinges, which were mortised by hand, and the front pull is Gaboon Ebony. The finish is satin lacquer and wax.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 11-27-2019 12:57 AM

It’s beautiful, but you sure are miserly with those pixels :-) Bigger pics would serve your posting better, but back to the box, it’s a real masterpiece, and I expecially like the attention to detail on the inner compartments. Great Job Steve!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 11-27-2019 12:58 AM

Beautiful craftmanship.
Excellent build and the atttention to detail is masterful!

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#3 posted 11-27-2019 01:24 AM

Always enjoy seeing your work

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 11-27-2019 01:49 AM

That’s beautiful Steve, I’m sure your friend will love it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2019 04:52 AM

That is truly beautiful.

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#6 posted 11-27-2019 04:54 AM

Absolutely beautiful box Steve. But, of course everything you build is beautiful.

-- Mony

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#7 posted 11-27-2019 09:31 AM

I will add another beautiful to the bunch. I have a high regard for those who do complicated inlays, as you have done here. To me, it is a daunting prospect.

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#8 posted 11-27-2019 11:15 AM

I agree…just beautiful and high respect for the inlay. Can you explain the sand shading you did?

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#9 posted 11-27-2019 11:46 AM

This is a work of art. Learning inlay is on my list of things to do. Great job!

-- Petey

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#10 posted 11-27-2019 02:44 PM

Tom, the sand shading is quite simple. You just cut your veneers a little longer than needed for the fan and oval segments then shade both edges using fine sand. I normally use a case iron frying pan and a hot plate. Just get the sand hot and stand the veneers on edge. You will have to experiment with the amount of shading you need, but that’s something that comes easy after a couple times.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 11-27-2019 04:15 PM

That’s a really nice piece of work Steve. Spot on on the shading and I love piston fits.
I also agree with Jerry that bigger pictures would be nice. Any chance of a couple in the comments?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 11-27-2019 04:20 PM

Very nice box. I have one on my to do list.

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#13 posted 11-27-2019 06:37 PM

Wonderful work!

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#14 posted 11-27-2019 11:19 PM

Very well done box, looks terrific.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 11-28-2019 01:37 AM

Beautiful job. I love the sand shading. Congratulations on a truly a gorgeous piece.

-- AJ

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