Ash Jewellery Box with Cedar Lid

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Project by Leginxx posted 01-22-2020 09:54 AM 479 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this in November 2018 as a jewellery box for my partners Christmas present.
She had not counted on it being an engagement present! She said yes but the Walnut engagement ring has been replaced with a somewhat more expensive diamond one. The upside of the Walnut one was that it was easily adjusted to fit with a file).
The box is constructed from solid Ash with the grain pattern matched round it. The lid of the box is a piece of Cedar that was set into a rabbet in the frame of the lid. I then used perfling (used on guitars) to create an inlay but put two strings of this around the cedar to give a bolder pattern and contrast. The lid just sits on a lip in the top compartment.

The top compartment of the box is fitted with a Tulipwood tray lined with silk moire fabric on a light cardboard backing and a ring holder from rolled up foam which was covered with the fabric. and hot glued in place.

The draw sits on ash runners that are housed in a stopped dado. This was also lined.
Handles were a couple of waste pieces of ash cut with a hand saw and sanded. These were then drilled through and brass rods pushed through and secured with epoxy. This method was also used to secure the handle to the lid and drawer.
The “ring” was out of a piece of Walnut with an Ash “diamond”

We got married on Sept 7th 2019.

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#1 posted 01-22-2020 03:46 PM

Wow. I mean seriously…wow. This is just beautiful…and the story behind it is as well! I’ve never heard of perfling but that’s a really cool addition.

That’s some pretty highly figured Ash. The ash I’ve worked with in the past didn’t look near as good as that.

Congrats on getting married as well!

-- Matt - Colorado

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 04:04 PM

Wow. I mean seriously…wow. This is just beautiful…and the story behind it is as well! I ve never heard of perfling but that s a really cool addition.

That s some pretty highly figured Ash. The ash I ve worked with in the past didn t look near as good as that.

Congrats on getting married as well!

- Fiver

Thanks for the feedback and comment. The Ash was a nightmare to get planed and flat because of tearout but managed it in the end.

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 04:48 PM

I agree, that is a fine piece of ash. ehhemmm. Nice build all around, liking the inlay banding on top.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 05:11 PM

Beautiful work!
How could she say no.
Great craftsmanship and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 05:54 PM

Gorgeous box!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 02:25 AM

Congratulations and nice work on his fine looking box.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-23-2020 05:23 AM

Greart looking box, great figure. Sounds like the package was a hit, congrats.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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