Jewellery Box - contest entry

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Project by Kevin Violette posted 01-01-2008 05:23 PM 3120 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewellery box is made of recycled cherry and bird’s eye maple. Yes, recycled cherry! I bought a severely damaged piano last year that was made of cherry simply for the wood. I always wanted to make a jewellery from the wood and when a client of mine requested a jewellery box as a gift for his mother at christmas my heart skipped a beat and the thoughts of this cherry piano began to flutter.

This was a fun build and I incorporated some new challenges in it for myself. My client asked that there be a diamond on the top and inside the top of the box as well. I could have inlaid the diamonds but decided to make the top out of multiple miters and gluing them all back together to accentuate the grain direction of the woods and give an inlaid look though it is all solid wood. My client was just ecstatic when they saw the box and I got the report that at christmas when the mother opened the gift there were tears of joy.

This just reminds me of why I do woodworking. When I have clients that are that happy and come back for more time and time again…......just makes me want to do that much more. I speak for myself but am sure many feel this way…when I have completed a project I quite often see the ways I could have improved the project or maybe better the project as opposed to taking a step back “smelling the roses” and see the project as a beautiful piece that you have crafted and the joy others get from seeing and using the piece.

-- Kevin

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 05:26 PM

Very nice Kevin!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 05:35 PM

It’s a nice box!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 01-01-2008 05:42 PM

It came out very nicely. Good job.

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#4 posted 01-01-2008 05:47 PM

Very nice design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-01-2008 07:12 PM

This is what its all about. Great score with the piano. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 01-01-2008 07:48 PM

Nice one Biff, and I guess you can say that you are #1 since you had the first entry into the contest! :)

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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#7 posted 01-01-2008 07:54 PM

I like the mitered design and the fact that it’s new life for some nice wood. Good show!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#8 posted 01-01-2008 07:54 PM

Nice work. And your killing me! You left an empty space! Room for detail shot.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 01-01-2008 08:58 PM

Nice work with recycled wood. I really like using alternatives to the big store lumber.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 01-01-2008 09:25 PM

Great Box. Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-01-2008 11:27 PM

sweet little box good luck on the contest

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 01-01-2008 11:54 PM

Beautiful piece Biff.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 01-02-2008 12:00 AM

how wonderful!
Tears of joy.. can’t top that!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#14 posted 01-02-2008 04:46 AM

Nice stuff Biff.

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

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#15 posted 01-02-2008 09:44 AM

Kevin, that box is a beauty! I really like the design, the recycled wood and enthusiasm for your project. Thanks for posting it and good luck in the contest.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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