Anita's Box

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 04-16-2011 12:25 AM 2702 views 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy Lumberjocks! To quote Monty Python, “I ain’t dead yet.” This is a jewelry box intended for a dear friend, who during darker days, long ago made it her business to care more for me than I did for myself at the time. It also is a jewelry box project with a thousand false starts and problems that literally put my creative spirit on hold and sapped a lot of my desire to be active in the shop.

For starts, the joinery is Incra-fence based but the stock is too thin for this type of join, and as a consequence, there as a great deal of bowing on the front edge of the box. The first lid, with the back Wenge piece added for hinge screw depth (yes, one of those design mods) also had a nice sculpted lift tab mortised in the the front edge. But as time went along the hinges I tried first never seated correctly, and I ended up with insufficient width to cover the bow of the front panel. I finally put it aside (in a shamefully large pile of “lids for later”) and started anew. I used a stopped piano hinge from Veritas, and after monkeying around with them for a bit came to discover that the router template I made years ago did not place the hinge pin center close enough to the edge of the work to close properly. I checked that problem off, and now am signing off on this one.

Stock is Sapele and ribbon Sapele with bee’s-wing figure, Fishtail Oak and ash-chased double dovetails, Wenge accents, feet, and tray (tiny bit of walnut as the handle), Spanish Cedar for the grid in the bottom. Tray and box lined with Foamies and Ultra Suede per Emily Palm’s technique. Finish is Sealcoat Dewaxed Shellac and TreWax Mahogany wax. 10.625˝x 6˝x 4.5˝

Goodbye little box, serve your owner well.

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

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 12:28 AM

Great job! Those double dovetails are sweet!

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 12:35 AM

this is beautiful. And a beautiful story behind it as well.

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

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 12:58 AM

Doug, I read this post in my email window, before actually opening my browser to see the photos. Had I not already known what you are capable of, your description would have led me to expect a lopsided, rickety offering, worthy of an arthritic chimpanzee working with a rock and a sharp seashell as its only tools.

Instead, as I correctly anticipated, I find this gorgeous piece. You may not post many projects, Brother, but you sure make up in quality what you lack in quantity! Obviously, this box was made with same degree of love and care as was shown to you by its intended recipient.

Well done, sir.

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

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 01:10 AM

Wow Douglas, beautiful choice of woods and joinery on this box. Very, very nice…..

Sorry to hear that you had so much trouble getting it completed, but for me, it sure is nice to hear about someone with your talent that has the same problems that I do at times. Amazing !

Are you using the self stick 2mm foamies ? That is what I use all the time and it sure is nice…....

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 01:16 AM

Carl, Debbie and Charlie, Thanks!
Charlie, I know you can understand the depth of the gratitude behind the gift. I might have been a bit cowed by the need to get this one as close to perfect as possible, but in the end it’s progress and not perfection, after all.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2011 01:20 AM

A Beautiful Box, artistically designed with fine craftsmanship, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 04-16-2011 01:23 AM

Thanks Gene, you posted at the same time as my last one. Yep, self-adhesive 2mms.
Plus I got sloppy with the benchtop while finishing and pushed a screw into the lid after bodying up with shellac. I just had to go satin with the rub-out and move along. I have one more box of shame to correct – one I posted here already and I will be ready to jump right back on this horse with fresh work.

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

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 01:26 AM

Douglas: That is one mighty fine looking box.

Nice job there mate.

-- 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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#9 posted 04-16-2011 02:40 AM

Hi Douglas;

Blast from the past! Great job on this box.

Beautiful choice of woods.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 04-16-2011 02:50 AM

great looken box, the contrasting woods are great together.

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

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#11 posted 04-16-2011 03:05 AM

Well done. Hope all is going good for ya.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 04-16-2011 03:23 AM

There will be no “Bring out your dead!” jokes here. That is a fabulous box Doug. The owner will prize it for years, even, maybe keeping a…. Grrrrrail in it?

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#13 posted 04-16-2011 04:18 AM

Dougy Long time You are so wise in the ways of science, and woodworking. Love those double dovetiails

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#14 posted 04-16-2011 05:01 AM

great build wonderful wood and fantastic finish, great job.


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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 04-16-2011 05:59 AM

Thanks all. Very punny Scott! Glad to see all of you active LJs again. Like the Governator, I’ll be back.

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

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