A Christmas Jewelry Box

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Project by dan mosheim posted 01-03-2011 04:46 AM 3360 views 30 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, a first for me … Two posts in one night … Here’s a jewelry box we made for a client to give to his wife as a Christmas present …. Surprisingly, it’s based on a cremation urn I made for the client’s family. His thinking is that it is a nice gift for his wife, and he will think of his mother whenever he sees it … Win, win, I’d say …
More and bigger photos on my dorset custom furniture blog here and here's a link to the original cremation urn post ...

A healthy and prosperous 2011 to you all …. dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 04:54 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 04:56 AM

Wow Dan, beautiful box. Now you making marvelous projects in a smaller version. Great job and post.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 05:24 AM

Very nice, I really like the dovetails. It looks like you used the depth gauge mark as a detail to good effect.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 05:31 AM

Very handsome looking box…..shape, joinery and wood selection all top notch
Really appreciate the detailed pics and dimensional diagrams
A great job

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 01-03-2011 05:44 AM

Very nice box.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 01-03-2011 06:05 AM

Dan. Very nice. Would you mind sharing what finish you used?

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#7 posted 01-03-2011 06:23 AM

Seems to have an awesome simple elegance from here. What kind of wood?

-- 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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#8 posted 01-03-2011 06:37 AM

Exquisite and beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-03-2011 07:56 AM

Earthy and elegant at the same time. Beautiful box Dan.

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

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#10 posted 01-03-2011 08:00 AM

Nice work. I especially like the one with the smaller dovetails.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#11 posted 01-03-2011 02:25 PM

Beautiful work again.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 01-03-2011 02:45 PM

These boxes are beautiful. You are a master of understated, tasteful design. Your work is exceptional, and I look forward to seeing more of it.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 01-03-2011 02:48 PM

I made a favorite of this. I love traditional furniture and this is a beautiful traditional box.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 01-03-2011 02:53 PM

A beautiful box Dan, and in spite of the sterling craftsmanship and clean design, for me it is the finish that really makes this a standout box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 01-03-2011 03:41 PM

thank you all for your comments … the box is curly cherry, resawn from an 8/4 scrap from a table we finished earlier in the month … the finish is our standard aniline dye(Lockwood), (two coats of different colors lighter first); then a coat of gloss minwax poly brushed on with a foam brush;when dry,sand (400) and apply minwax gel stain, (i think this was aged oak); top coat with minwax satin poly; when dry, buff with a paper towel; you’re done … dust free is a good goal …see instructions below; experiment with colors on a scrap first.

there are some good instructions for this process in the 'finishing' category on my blog ...

-- dan,vermont,

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