Orchid Gift Box

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Project by MrWolfe posted 01-04-2021 11:40 PM 741 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Orchid Gift Box

Box number 34 in my recent box series. This is another commissioned piece.

This box is the result of a client selecting certain features from my previous builds and asking for a design that brings those features together. The wood selection includes walnut, ash, a tiny bit of leopardwood and the tray is built from poplar. The top ingot/inlay is a piece of quilted maple burl.

Inlays on the lid and base are walnut and leopardwood. I have installed a lid stop for the 105 degree cant for the open lid. I used ½ inch dowel that accommodates a larger sized cove cut into the rails and stiles of the lid.

I used machines to mill the wood and to cut the angles and dimensions and used a router to get the basic form of the coves for the legs and lid. A scrollsaw was used to cut the orchid parts. The hand cut splines on the lid are walnut. There was not as much hand sanding on this piece because I was able to use various scrapers including the set from Flextools which I really like and recommend.

I used the Tage Frid method for the double dovetails which were hand cut using a Dozuki saw and a Japanese dovetail chisel. The double dovetail part/kerf was created using a saw I’ve recently made and a Japanese float with a 1/8 inch kerf. The dovetails were then subtly rounded with rasps and files.

The orchid is made from cedar and yellow pine and sits in a routed and chiseled pocket in the walnut base.

The jewelry box has one tray that rests on posts that create a lower space. The interior of the box and tray are cork and fabric lined and the tray is also re-enforced with splines.

Dimensions are as follows…
Outside dimensions of the “Orchid Gift Box” are 9 inches long by 7 inches wide and 7 ½ inches tall. The actual box (without lid and feet) measures 7 ½ inches long by 5 ½ inches wide and 5 ¼ inches deep.
The jewelry tray is 6 inches long by 4 ½ inches wide and 2 1/2” deep.

Finish is an oil based fruitwood stain and a wipe on mixture of oil based poly and mineral spirits buffed out with a brown paper bag. I used Trewax brand paste wax for the matte sheen that it can be buffed out to reveal.

Happy & Healthy 2021!!!
Thanks for looking.
As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

14 comments so far

View Skylark53's profile


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#1 posted 01-04-2021 11:49 PM

Quite a project. Very elegant and interesting as well as functional. Well done! Congratulations!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-04-2021 11:57 PM

You’ve included some quite different design elements in this. 3D carving, surface carving, outlined dovetails, mix of woods. Interesting.

-- Madburg WA

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#3 posted 01-05-2021 12:13 AM

wow you just keep upping the ante jon,beautiful is a mild always impress my friend.

-- 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 01-05-2021 12:27 AM

Great job, Neo-Classical in overall form, choice of woods is reminiscent of Chippendale, with a bit of Duncan Phyfe carving thrown into the mix to fuse with your own personal style. The cork is an interesting touch. A nice addition to your series. Thanks for sharing and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 01-05-2021 02:41 AM

Beautiful work, the detail is outstanding.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 01-05-2021 05:32 AM

You sure selected some great features for this box . Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 01-05-2021 10:31 AM

Really like the contrasting graduating layers of different woods and the subtle shaping here and there. And that quilted maple block is fab.

I dont know why, really, but this box makes me think of something you might see on a shelf in a Lord of the Rings scene.

Ditto what Pottz said.

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

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#8 posted 01-05-2021 11:56 AM

Details are beautiful. Wonderful!!!

-- Dan, TN

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#9 posted 01-05-2021 12:11 PM

That looks like a ton of work! A work of art! Nicely done.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 01-05-2021 01:26 PM

That’s a pretty one, Jon. Not too crazy, but just enough to make it interesting. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 01-05-2021 04:00 PM

Very interesting and wonderful box. Lots of work and the workmanship is evident.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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#12 posted 01-05-2021 04:21 PM

Thanks Everyone!
These are some great comments and I appreciate the kind words.

Thanks Skylark53,
Elegant and interesting are two of the qualities I was going for on this project.

Thank you sir! I wanted to bring a lot of different elements together. I’ve seen your work and much of it is in my favorites section here. You have an incredible eye for detail and your pieces are perfect!

Thanks man! The quilted maple really topped it off, I wish I had a lot more of it. TLOTR’s reference made me smile. Thats a great compliment so thanks. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

Nice to read your comments. Thanks for all the interesting references and kind words. Happy and Healthy 2021 to you too.

Thanks Pottz,
That is a very kind comment and I’m glad to up the ante.

Woodbutcherbynight and Broden,
I appreciate the compliment. I spent some time on the details.

Thanks! It was challenging to bring some of them together but I’m happy with the finished piece.

Thank you Petey,
Lately I just settle into the task at hand rather than rush it or get too overwhelmed at the workload. Its kind of a new thing for me so I am enjoying it.

Thanks Dave!
A little of this and a little of that seems to work on this piece, including just a little crazy. =)

Thanks 987Ron,
Wonderful is a great compliment and so is the part about workmanship.
I appreciate your words.

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#13 posted 01-05-2021 10:43 PM

Lots of eye candy in this box, I really like that orchid on the front! You kept all the sharp details muted enough to blend everything together, solid work 8^)

That lid stop looks to be perfectly set, even the hinges are in a minimal stress position when opened so nothing can get easily bent out of whack.

Great to see people are choosing from your vast display case of design elements!

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#14 posted 01-06-2021 02:05 AM

Hey Bruce!
Thanks for the kind words. There was a lot of blending as you’ve mentioned. This box had a lot of features that I wasn’t sure were going to work together. I am glad to read all the comments here that seem to say they do work together. The orchid was fun and the lid stop/dowel seems to be a new signature feature in some of the boxes I’ve made recently.

I’m following your new blog on the six side boxes with the birds’ mouth router bits and the veneer.
Keep it up!

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