Jewelry box made from maple log and bricks

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Project by EllenWoodHead posted 03-31-2020 05:44 PM 835 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blast from the past. I made this several years ago from a maple log in my woodpile, using a creaky old radial arm saw that always tried to kill me, to mill the boards, and some cheap Japanese carving tools to carve the hinges, padlock, and decorative bits. I cut the box and lap joints with a hacksaw, and cleaned them up with the carving tools and pocket knife. I drilled out the holes for the pins with an eggbeater drill, and hand-carved the hinge pins. No metal parts anywhere, just glue and joinery. I had few clamps, so I used bricks instead.

The last pic shows the secret compartment which is deep enough to hold a bus ticket. It is finished with polyurethane, and the wood has darkened a bit over the years.

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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#1 posted 03-31-2020 06:47 PM

Nice! What an awesome project Ellen! This box looks amazing! You did a bang up job with what you had to work with. Glad you won the battle with your radial arm saw!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-31-2020 08:15 PM

That you made this with the tools you described is almost unbelievable. I know I couldnt have done that. Wow!!!

Looks like it has been around since pirates roamed the seas. Oh, wait, they still do.

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

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#3 posted 03-31-2020 09:48 PM

Classic and rustic! 100 years of charm build right in.

Of course I’d say you would have to be rather hard up to be stashing a bus ticket!

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#4 posted 03-31-2020 10:28 PM

Thanks everyone! It was fun, though I don’t recommend rassling with a hostile radial arm saw. The hand work was all right, I still use my little cheap carving knifes. The blades like to fall out of the handles, but they hold a good keen edge.

Classic and rustic! 100 years of charm build right in.

Of course I d say you would have to be rather hard up to be stashing a bus ticket!

- splintergroup

Hard times is how we roll! My great-aunt Anna, who almost made it to 100 (only three months short) liked to send Christmas with cheery greetings, like this one:

Life is rough, times are hard
Here’s your stinking Christmas card

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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#5 posted 04-01-2020 01:16 AM

very cool!

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#6 posted 04-01-2020 01:16 AM

Beautiful and clever.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 04-01-2020 01:42 AM

Really nice work here, this is a nicely designed and built project. It’s not the tools that make something beautiful, it’s the craftsperson, and here you achieved something beautiful with the tools available. Great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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