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Project by fernandoindia posted 02-07-2011 05:12 PM 9799 views 22 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week I managed to finish the Sewing Box for my wife Ines. Fortunately I was able to overcome the hardware issue I had with the one built for my daughter´s birthday.

I replace the rivets of the pivot arms, with a kind of screw and nut used to bind pages.

Indeed the lids are different. She participated in the lid design and opening. One of the lids with hinges, opens backwards. While the other one opens freely, and can be taken apart. (Yes , this time the box is square)

Ines made pin holders for both lids, as seen in photo 5.

A couple of months ago I made the inlays as a practice, not knowing what to do with them.

Fortunately I almost used all of them in this sewing box.

The checkerboard is not perfect,. I learned that is best to apply scotch tape to the back of the small pieces before gluing. That will prevent sliding during gluing.

Boxes are made with flooring scrap, and the lids and handle are bolivian cedar . Finished with buffed sealer.

Thanks for passing by.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 05:26 PM


I loved it before.

I love it still.

That’s the nicest sewing box I’ve ever seen. I’ll be showing it to my wife. I would LOVE to be able to make one just like it, for her.

It’s really superb !!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 05:43 PM

Thank you Neil.

After making the $175 bench, and so many other shop pieces, I guess she would love your making the $2000 sewing box, LOL

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 05:49 PM

Wauuuu, that is the sewing box to end them all.
Beautiful box, beautiful work.
I will show it to me, and see if I can tempt my self! Yes in my house I also do the sewing, this is a great pleasure to my daughter and I.
You do have a lucky wife in many ways,
best of my thoughts to both of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 05:58 PM

great detail, makin those inlays are hard I just hate cutting the little pieces and putting the glue on them is even worse. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 06:04 PM

Fernando—Beautiful work!

I’m afraid to show to my wife … she’ll want one like it.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 07:44 PM

Thank you all for the comments.

@ Mad, sewing and having good time with your daughter is a gift.

@ Ike, yes, working the inlays out is a kind of prison work. But rewarding at the end. Well your ebony have required a lot of concentration too, haven´t it?

@ Gerry Thank you. Bear in mind is cheaper than a pearl necklace, ;)

@ August, “wish I can do that”. I said the same a couple of months ago. And it seems your are getting equipped.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 08:15 PM

Very nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 09:42 PM

And yes I need to try and make some of this pattern veneer after seeing your post!
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 10:20 PM

Beautiful Job Fernando!!
An arrangement like that would make one heck of a fishing tackle box too!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 02-08-2011 12:51 AM

That is beautiful, all of your work is outstanding.

The binding posts as pivots is genious, I have been trying to figure out what to use for pivots for legs on a laptop table now I know.

I hope one day to produce work this fine.

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#12 posted 02-08-2011 01:39 AM

The nicest sewing box I’ve seen Fernando. All the beautiful details really make it sing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 02-08-2011 02:12 AM

Thanks for the comments Ike & Sotnas

Mad, you better finish you bucket so you can add an inlay there. :)

Mike, for the fishing you´ll need to add 434 tiny boxes inside !!

Autumn, I promise I´ll stop on this sewing thing. Wish I were Mick Jagger: After 50years he still sings Satisfaction.
I am studying your blog on the Medicine chest ;)

Pat thank you for the compliments. Is encouraging. I will be answering your post on the laptop table.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 02-08-2011 02:39 AM

This is really nice. Great Job.

-- Anthony

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#15 posted 02-08-2011 03:30 AM


I am sure your wife adores it.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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