Figured Maple and Walnut Jewelry Box

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Project by Manasseh posted 01-07-2011 11:21 PM 2363 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Jewlery Box for my daughter.
Construction is figured maple with walnut framing and pulls. This is my first ever attempt at a jewlery box and definately inspired by LJ postings. Thank you everyone for posting so that I will try new techiniques and projects. All this was done with just a tablesaw and drill for the dowels and hole pulls on drawers. I don’t count the orbital sander as a tool, but a necessity. This was a ton of fun and I hope it will be well received.

A great deal of symbolism and energy were put into this work. I am attmepting to pen the words I want it to convey.
I read recently a biography of Abe Lincoln and it was observed that he overlooked a person’s weaknesses and worked to their strengths. That sticks with me.
This Box is to symbolize all of our relationships that are worth keeping may have imperfections in the individual parts (notice 2nd pic’s lid has a imperfect spot). If we concentrate on the imperfections then we will miss the beauth of the individual (check out the figuring on the maple).
Also the indiviuals may have scars or burns that mark them or even the relationships themselves.
So, If we step back and take a close look at all our meaningful relationships we can see the beauty in the relationship and we may just see how those imperfections may just add to the beauty of the individual parts as well as the relationship.
Finally, I have left a few pieces undone(like the hooks and possible felting or inversion of the box to place the drawers on top instead of the bottom, guides for the drawers and accent pieces) to symbolize that the journey has not ended but is to be made together to make IT just that much better.
Signed on the inside with an I Love You, Dad.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 11:28 PM

Great thoughts and effort behind this Menasseh. A wonderful piece full of meaning and love. Beautiful heirloom.

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

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 11:30 PM

Very pretty.

Love how you brought out the character of the Maple and contrasted it with the Walnut.

Did you use an oil finish to bring out the depth of the Tigre Maple?

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 11:44 PM

Oops. Finish is tung oil finish (my favorite). Thanks for looking.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 11:49 PM

Very nice. Can you give some measurements? Just L W H so I can get an idea of how big it is. I love the Maple and Walnut contrast.

-- Karl

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 12:00 AM

21” tall, 15.5” wide and 9” depth
small drawers are 4”x4” and 5” depth.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 01:14 AM

This is exceptional and very well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 02:07 AM

Very nicely done. I really like the grain in the figured maple.

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

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