It's a "bloody" jewelry box

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Project by awsum55 posted 06-06-2020 01:48 AM 693 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box the first week in February, it’s oak and bloodwood with a touch of turquoise. The bloodwood I purchased had some type of filler that I didn’t like the look of, so I dug it out and used turquoise to add a little flare. I’m not sure if I want to do anything to the inside bottom of the box and tray, but if I do I think leather would look nice.

When I was waxing the box I dropped it on the concrete floor and it landed on it’s side and snapped off 2 of the feet. One was easy to fix where the repair would never be seen. The other one was a little harder to get it just right, but you really can’t tell now that it has finish on it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#1 posted 06-06-2020 02:38 AM

Excellent box, well done. I always seem to drop, dent, scratch, or otherwise screw up something in the very last stages of a project. Glad you recovered.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 06-06-2020 03:45 AM

Beautiful Box John!
Lots of cool features and I really love the proud joints along with the interior divider. The bloodwood/turquoise a great choice. Awesome save on a nearly tragic moment. Those moments seem to happen at the end of a project. I think we all have little incidents that make our projects more challenging.
No one would even notice had you not mentioned it. Great save on a terrific box!
I like those legs!

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#3 posted 06-06-2020 04:06 AM

Beautiful box! They seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately! (Sorry…worst pun ever. It’s late, OK ?)
I love bloodwood, until I apply the finish and have to wait…and wait…and…well you get it. It’s worth it though! The deep red color is like nothing else….
The last photo, the feet look like Purple Heart?

Regarding the near tragedy, we’ve all been there. It’s a sickening feeling to see something you’ve spent so much time on get damaged…and as Jon says…it always happens at the end. In my world, I just consider such accidents as inevitable…part of the “creative process”. When I don’t drop, break or otherwise ding a project I just consider it a fluke. ; )

Really nice job Jon. I’ll bet someone special’s going to be very happy!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#4 posted 06-06-2020 07:35 AM

Great box, Awsum.. I really like it when the “fingers” are left proud and chamferred. Interesting that you chose purpleheart for the feet.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#5 posted 06-06-2020 09:40 AM

pretty interesting box John, the champfer on the finger joint is a really nice touch

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 06-06-2020 10:32 AM

Very interesting box, a lot of new ideas. Thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#7 posted 06-06-2020 10:51 AM

Great looking box with contrasting woods.

By the way, how did your finger turn out. Hopefully, you fully recovered.

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#8 posted 06-06-2020 02:48 PM

Wonderful wood combo! It looks like you spent hours perfecting the lid (because it looks perfect 8^)

Proud box joint fingers are excellent, I like joinery that becomes part of the design. Bonus for taking the wood contrast to the dividers and feet.

One word: Awsum!

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#9 posted 06-06-2020 03:20 PM

NICE! One heck of a beautiful jewelry box.
Perfect for Valentines day.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#10 posted 06-06-2020 05:35 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. This was a fun build, I had no idea what I was going to do, so I just started cutting wood. Some of my favorite projects start this way and I know this happens to others also.

I think the reason a few of you thought the feet looked like purpleheart, is because the picture was taken in different lighting than the other pictures. They are bloodwood, here is a better picture.

I love bloodwood, until I apply the finish and have to wait…and wait…and…well you get it.

RCCinNC, I’m not sure what you are referring to. Is it because it is such a dramatic change when the finish is applied or because it takes so long to dry? I never noticed any problems with drying when using Minwax Helmsman spar urethane.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#11 posted 06-06-2020 05:56 PM

By the way, how did your finger turn out. Hopefully, you fully recovered.

- Redoak49

Thanks for asking, the finger is fine, but it’s still a little short. The tip is still a little numb but no pain. I can’t palm a basketball with my right hand anymore, I guess that little bit more finger makes all the difference. lol

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 06-06-2020 08:57 PM

Beautiful box…and that bloodwood looks amaizing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-06-2020 09:24 PM

The box has me sold in several categories. Feet, interior, and beautiful wood. Nice job of making it come together.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 06-06-2020 10:58 PM

Like many others have mentioned. You’ve given me a lot of new ideas to add to my future boxes. I’ve got to find some of that blood wood it’s amazing.

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#15 posted 06-06-2020 11:52 PM

well the king of rings is also a damn good box maker.that is just beautiful,the wood combo and i love the way you did the box joint.maybe we’ll be seeing more of this type of work from you in the future huh? grat job john.hey glad the finger healed up well,dont repeat that though-lol.

-- 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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