Mama asked, I delivered - Jewelry Box

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Project by DnD posted 08-23-2021 01:31 PM 797 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings LJs,

Been out for a bit with a medical issue which made this project take longer than expected. I followed The Wood Whisperer once again because of the many 1st for me as well as a challenge.

First time hand cutting dovetails, a lot of router work, learning new techniques for keeping things square, a new finish to me.

Material is brown curly maple that I purchased via Woodpeckers. Hinges are Brusso (because mama is worth it). Finish is Osmo top oil which was a dream to use/apply!

My wife and I have been married going on 30 years. With that as you can imagine came jewelry along the way. She finally asked me for a box to put it all in and this is what I presented to her. She loves it. Especially the curl in the maple. Happy wife, happy life.

Thanks for looking.

-- Brian in Texas

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#1 posted 08-23-2021 01:43 PM

Very, very nice.

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#2 posted 08-23-2021 02:03 PM


Exceptional project. Love the wood. DT3 in the near future?

Are the dovetails in the drawers?

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 08-23-2021 02:11 PM

wow a beautiful box,that wood is stunning.real nice work on the construction.

-- 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 08-23-2021 03:13 PM

I agree with everybody, exceptional job. I really like the wood.


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#5 posted 08-23-2021 03:20 PM

Looks fantastic, wood is great!

A lot of cutting and fitting, well done!

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#6 posted 08-23-2021 05:15 PM

WOW just doesn’t seem to be enough!

-- Fossil

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#7 posted 08-23-2021 06:31 PM

wow, nice work

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#8 posted 08-23-2021 07:20 PM

Man, I really like this jewelry box and design. I’m kicking myself for not getting the plans when they were half price a while back. I’m not creative enough to reverse engineer it. lol

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#9 posted 08-23-2021 08:08 PM

Winner all the way around. I can’t figure out if I like it for the technical aspect, or the way you used the wood. I think it’s a really well made chest, and that you did one of the best jobs of alignment of your stock, to see it as the board appeared. Was this a slab?

I love that tree growing up through the center of it. Color wise many would have passed due to the brown, but the way you used it, makes it one of it’s best attributes.


-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 08-23-2021 08:53 PM

Fabulous! That curly maple is special, and hard to work. You did a great job.

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

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#11 posted 08-23-2021 09:00 PM

Came back for. a second look after seeing Real Steve N’s comment about grain layout. Yes the grain alignment is really nice.

But routing out the end grain on the sides must have made you take a deep breath.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#12 posted 08-23-2021 09:40 PM

Great job.

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#13 posted 08-23-2021 11:12 PM

Wonderful build!!!

To be proud of…


-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 08-24-2021 12:18 AM

All, thank you for the kind words. It inspires me to back out in the shop and get busy!

The Curly Brown Maple was a slab and I milled it down to what was needed.

The Wood Whisperer is currently having a 40% off sale in the Guild. I took advantage of the Roubo workbench plans. May be a while before I build it. I need a go fund me account to purchase the wood and vise parts… lol

I was hoping the grain alinement would work in my favor, and lucky for me it did.

There were many pucker moments when routing. Especially at the end of the project routing the handles in.

Thanks again for the kind words. I don’t comment as much as I should, but I see many beautiful projects that are posted and get envious of the talent out there. Keep posting my friends.

-- Brian in Texas

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#15 posted 08-24-2021 01:49 AM

Lovely gift.

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