Elm Jewellery Box

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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 02-24-2011 05:31 PM 3231 views 21 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All

This is one of my latest design jewellery box made from elm with curly maple trays and lined in royal blue suede. The lid consists of 3 elm burr rectangles wrapped with a fine black border set into a bleached white veneer. The lid is bordered with black acetal with art deco polyester inlays. The hardware is good quality nickel and it has a white escutcheon with fine border. It was to go to the Designyard in Dublin but sold before I could get it packaged.

Cheers Ian

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 05:38 PM

Let me be the first to welcome a fine boxmaker. I like this box very much. You are obviously a fine craftsman. I believe LJ has the largest boxmaker community of any of the forum sites. I will anxiously await your future posts.
Roger Bean

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

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Ian Hawthorne

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 05:52 PM

Thanks Roger- I see you have produced some very fine work yourself.



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#3 posted 02-24-2011 05:57 PM

I second Rogers comments. You’re a man after my own heart – obsessive attention to detail, fine finishes (what did you use here?), and screw heads that all align! Looking forward to more from you.


-- Wag more, bark less.

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Ian Hawthorne

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 06:12 PM

Hi Matt

Many thanks – I used clear shellac powder as I wanted to keep the white background as white as possible.

I think it is also known as seedlac.



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#5 posted 02-24-2011 06:15 PM

Let me add my welcome to Lumber Jocks and glad you found us.

Simply stunning work Ian. Not only flawless craftsmanship, but the whole design is remarkable. I’m a sucker for a beautiful box…. most definitely have to add this one to favorites for inspiration.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 06:56 PM

An amazing box, Ian. Beautiful work and choice of materials. I am especially impressed to see elm used in this project. I think elm is an underutilized wood and can be really beautiful if used to best advantage. You have done it proud.
Years ago, my dad took on the project of refinishing all of the pews in our church. Everyone thought there was oak under all of that old dark varnish. It turned out that they were elm and they refinished beautifully.
Again, thanks for sharing your artistry with all of us.

-- jbschutz

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 06:56 PM

Hey Ian, very elegant, gorgeous box. Great attention to detail as mentioned earlier.

Are the sides joined with routed lock joints?

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Grant Libramento

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 07:02 PM

Such fine work. . . and beautiful.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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Monty Queen

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 07:31 PM

Awesome job on your box. Looks fantastic. Great craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 07:55 PM

Impeccable craftsmanship! Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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Ian Hawthorne

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#11 posted 02-24-2011 08:16 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words – Millo I used a drawer lock cutter, but sometimes I just use deep rabbets.



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#12 posted 02-24-2011 09:06 PM

Beautifully crafted box Ian. The inlay was very well handled and the overall details of the box are dazzling.
Look forward to more of your boxes.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#13 posted 02-24-2011 09:30 PM

That is a stunning box! Exceptional attention to detail and a true beauty.

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#14 posted 02-24-2011 09:48 PM

Very impressive! I don’t know if there are enough adjectives in the dictionary for this one. Wow, sure grabs the eye.
Welcome to LJ.
Now I’m gonna crawl back under the porch ‘cause I ain’t ready to run with the big dogs yet.

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#15 posted 02-24-2011 10:10 PM

Beautiful box, a lot of work and well worth it. Nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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