New Year's Bombe Jewelry Box

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Project by MrWolfe posted 12-31-2019 10:58 PM 1158 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box number 22 in my recent box series. This is number 8 in my Adventures into Shape.

This box is built from pine, cedar, hickory? and poplar and the some features are mesquite and oak. It is a little different from my previous boxes as it does not have splines re-enforcing the edge glued staves. Instead there are dowels that secure each stave to the top and bottom rims. It is a 16 sided/staved elliptical form.

I used machines to mill the wood and to cut the angles and dimensions and used chisels and gouges to carve the basic form along with hand saws, rasps and angle grinder with a 60 grit flap wheel. There was a lot of hand sanding on this piece. There are bands of hickory? (mystery pallet wood) on this box that run horizontally along the middle of the form. These were carved away to reveal the exaggerated rounded bottom of the main piece.

The jewelry box has two removable trays, three if you count the ring tray. They are felt lined and they are also pinned with dowels to re-enforce the miters.

Dimensions are as follows…

Outside dimensions of the “New Year’s Bombe” are 12” at the widest, 9” deep and 18 1/2” tall.

The two jewelery trays are around 2 1/2” deep.

The last box had a secret compartment on the bottom and I made one on this box too. The box must be emptied and then flipped over to access the compartment. It is the center panel of the bottom ellipse and it slides on oak tenons.

I wanted to call this one “Upside Down Tortoise” in Latin but it doesn’t sound great… “Et Testudo Urbem Concitant”.

Finish is an oil based fruitwood stain and a wipe on mixture of oil based poly and mineral spirits. I tried Trewax brand paste wax that has carnauba and beeswax and b.l.o. (I think) and I am very happy with the satin finish it provides. I also tried to get a smoother finish by sanding to 320 grit sanding paper, I may need to use a finer grit next time.

I really took my time on this one. I mean it didn’t take longer than the last two but I’ve kind of relaxed into a FUN work mode and I really enjoy my shop time more and more. I think part of it is feeling more comfortable with my tools and being willing to take more risks with my “on the fly” designs. Also… I have Amazon Prime and I just found out that I have Amazon Music too (part of prime). So in the last three weeks I’ve tripled my playlists and added about 3000 songs that I can choose, shuffle, skip without using my hands. Its VERY cool. And I’ve even asked Alexa to do shop math for me without having to use my hands. Its nice.

Happy New Year’s Lumberjocks.
You all are a great community and I really wish each of you a happy and healthy 2020!

Thanks for looking.
As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

One last pic…

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#1 posted 12-31-2019 11:12 PM

Another one that’s out of this World!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-01-2020 12:07 AM

Pretty dang spiffy, if you ask me. I’d go with “testudo euersa” which doesn’t sound half bad to my ear.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-01-2020 12:16 AM

wow thats is a true art work in wood,your boxes,seems too simple to be called a mere box say youve become one of the top 5 “box” guys on here.amazing work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-01-2020 12:44 AM

Now I see a fusion of Rococo and Neo-Classical styles – the overall shape reminds me of a Roman or Grecian urn.
There are some great translation apps on the web – if Latin won’t work try one of the other Romance Languages, bet you’ll find a really cool sounding name. Great job, keep up the good work, and Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

PS – Have you thought of a mini secret compartment in one of the feet?

-- Leafherder

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Tom Regnier

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#5 posted 01-01-2020 03:28 AM

Happy New Year to you as well Jon. Put some creativity in that spaceship box and send it my way for 2020!

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#6 posted 01-01-2020 03:20 PM

Alexa, order me some more sand paper!

Another truly unique piece Jon! At first look I thought “that is huge!” (your description confirmed it 8^)

A lot of joinery tricks on display and , of course, a brilliantly disquised compartment.

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#7 posted 01-01-2020 03:54 PM

Thanks for all the comments everyone.

Thanks Pottz,
That is a very high compliment, there are some incredible box makers here.

Andre and Dave,
Thanks guys. I hope to keep making unique pieces.

Dave that is not a bad name. I started looking at “dead turtle/mortuus turtures” too and “turtle on its back/dorsum suum turtur”. For now I’m going to leave it as New Years Bombe Box.

Thank you. I can see those influences now too. I’ve had that classical urn/vase form in my head while working on the last few pieces. I like the idea of the compartment in the feet and maybe the lid too.

Thanks Tom,
I tried that carnuaba wax like we had discussed. I like it! Thanks.

Yah… I’m going to have to resist the temptation of shopping on Amazon while working in the shop. That could become a serious problem. This one is larger than any of the others. Maybe Pottz is right and box isn’t the right name for these but I’m not sure what else to call them. Designing on the fly doesn’t always allow me to hide the joinery but I am okay with that for now.

Thanks Guys!
Happy 2020!

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#8 posted 01-01-2020 05:08 PM

Looks like you are refining technique and stepping up game, Jon. Great racing stripes, and love that secret compartment.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Jim Sellers

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#9 posted 01-01-2020 05:13 PM

Cool design and very nice work.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 01-02-2020 03:36 AM

Another very cool design with some great experimentation. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 01-02-2020 05:03 PM

Thanks Brian,
Racing stripes turned out pretty good but they were anything but fast. I really like the secret compartment. This piece looks best upside down to me.

Thank you Jim,
I enjoy designing on the fly and the rest of it is correcting mistakes and misteps.

I appreciate your comment. Experimentation is a HUGE part of this for me and is the most enjoyable part of the process… but I do like carving convex shapes. Concave not so much. I used a japanese rasp on this on a lot. That was kind of new for me. They definitely will be used often in the future.

I’m taking a day or two to organize the shop and build some ugly shelves for my finishing supplies. Amazing how quickly that stuff accumilates. I hope to be back in work mode next week.

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#12 posted 01-19-2020 11:34 PM

Just beautiful and amazing workmanship!

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#13 posted 01-20-2020 02:39 AM

Thanks Cedrus!
Your recent Pharos of Alexandria piece is very inspiring. I really like the legs of that piece.
Super cool and it has me thinking of some new design directions.
That is meant as a compliment.
Thanks for your kind words.

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