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Project by stefang posted 12-27-2010 07:13 PM 4618 views 18 times favorited 64 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had big plans to make a lot of Christmas gifts for family members this year, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I only managed to do this one jewelry box for my DIL. I finished it at 2am Thursday night and the gift was opened on Christmas Eve which is when we celebrate Christmas here in Norway. I try to make gifts small enough so that they can be easily hidden away in case the recipients don’t like them. This box is about 7”D X 10”L X 4”H.

Unfortunately there were some imperfections in the finish which I didn’t have time to correct. I told my DIL that I wanted to take it back for some remedial work, and she said “no way! It looks just fine to me”. Ok, what’s a guy to do? I’ve been thinking about some kind of stealth operation where I could get it, fix it and return without her knowing about it.

This is my own design which I did first in Sketchup. I am hoping that this is an original design, but if you have seen something similar, please let me know. The Sketchup plan was very handy to get the cutting angles of which there are four main ones; the back corners, the front corners, the sides and the side bottoms. The corners all have three splines each, one is visible at the top corners and the other two are covered by the leg pieces The wood is Ash with Mahogany accents. I want to make at least one more of this design because I got lots of ideas for details that could enhance the design and add a lot more interest to it, so you might be seeing another version in the future.

I’m sorry about the bad photos, especially the last three. I had to take them at my son’s house today and I made the mistake of using two different backgrounds and poor lighting on some of them. My philosophy is that a bad photo is better than no photo.

Thanks for looking in and wishing all of you A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 07:21 PM

well now you went and did it
and very well at that

good to see you back

and a great new year to you and yours

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 07:25 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Great design.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 07:38 PM

Simply amazing, this sloped side design is beautiful!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 07:39 PM

If there is a box just like this one out there somewhere, I have yet to see it.

I might consider this a breakout piece for you, as it appears to be so different than anything I’ve seen you do before. Congratulations on expanding your limits and growing with this piece.

Good luck on the stealth operation. I know what you mean about wanting to take something back and fix it, as I have a piece like that out there too that I want to recess and plug the screws on.

I like that you went against convention with the angles. In addition, all the other details really adds up to one excellent piece of work.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 07:42 PM

great see you back both in the shop but allso started posting again :-)
I like the design very much Mike
and the last 3 pictures DonĀ“t worry about them I thought they were from before the finishing tuch

take care and give your beloved ones a big L J hug from the gang on L J


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#6 posted 12-27-2010 07:48 PM

Wow Mike
Very cool design and well built. Look out Andy and Brit box maker !!!


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#7 posted 12-27-2010 07:51 PM

Mike don’t fret

The owner of the box is the best critique

She loves it so leave it :)

I will never do jobs in my own home

as I then have the worst critic seeing my work every day

I might make something but will be fitted by someone else

If it is a loose piece, it will have a price tag on it

Not the first time my wif has come home to find our bed sold :)

Then I get to make an other and fix the mistakes and design flaws

Right. You still wont be 100% happy


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 07:58 PM


Mike … it’s spectacular !!

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 07:59 PM

-Nice out of the box design Mike. Great work as usual :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 08:10 PM

Definately a fresh design. I like it

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#11 posted 12-27-2010 08:10 PM

Mike, you have really outdone yourself with this gem… fantastic. The wood, the design, and the way you combined the look of the top with the legs is inspirational, honest. This is a favorite for sure. Well done.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 12-27-2010 08:12 PM

oh yeah, oh yeah! i like it!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#13 posted 12-27-2010 08:14 PM

What an exciting piece Mike! I bet you had a blast broadening your comfort zone by designing, and building this. Most definitely one of those boxes that stands out in the crowd. So very cool on so many levels.

Proud for ya Mike… You done good bud!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 12-27-2010 08:24 PM

A very unique box design and very well made.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#15 posted 12-27-2010 08:42 PM

you always do such nice work; and this box is no acception…..and I agree with your wife, it looks just fine from here.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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