Maple jewelry Box

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Project by longgone posted 08-07-2011 12:27 AM 3513 views 11 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Maple jewelry box I finished today. Tiger maple with a Wenge knob. The 2 removable trays are made from Wenge and Maple. They are mini-dovetailed together for strrength. The box bottom and tray bottoms are lined with red velvet.
I sculpted this using the new arbortech mini grinder I recently bought. Works pretty good…better than my festool, but I still need practice with it. Overall it is a good carving attachment. I ended up buying a variable speed grinder to use with it because my regular grinder just did not do well with the wide open speed.

My biggest frustration is getting descent photos on a consistent basis. I took about 50 photos using a white background and they all came out entirely too bright. The red background seems to help but it is still a work in progress to get better photos.

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 12:49 AM

Less dust, more chips?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 12:57 AM

Outstanding design : )
Sometimes I will bring my projects outside into the natural sunlight to get the best results with my pictures.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 12:57 AM

Looks great Greg. I really like the lines of the sculpting . Is there more sanding needed with the arbortech ?

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 01:06 AM

Great looking box, Greg! I love all your sculpted boxes. They are so flowing, fluid, smooth and beg to be touched. What is the tool you use to sculpt it? And where do you get your tiger maple?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 01:50 AM

Beautiful lines. Beautiful box. Excellent work there

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 02:06 AM

Another awesome “Greg Box”..... Keep up the good work and I look forward to viewing the next one!!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 02:10 AM

Nice one Greg

Looks great

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 03:41 AM

Nice Box Greg, Your sculpting style is very appealing, I like how You have incorporated the legs, beautiful wood, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 03:49 AM

For photos try this. Turn on the flash, meter for the white background then dial back the exposure a stop or so. Keep experimenting with the aperture till you get a good combination.

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#10 posted 08-07-2011 03:50 AM

Oh, almost forgot, the sculpting looks amazing.

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#11 posted 08-07-2011 03:56 AM

Good looking box Greg. As for the photos… What Dusty said “No hope, and no Cash”, uh, I mean take it outside for the photos. For bluriness(which I don’t see a problem with), use a tripod, move back away from the box, and zoom in with the camera zoom. The pics actually look good except for the shadows. Have you tried a cardboard photo-booth like what has been described here on LJ?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 08-07-2011 03:59 AM

Stick with what you know best.. these boxes are your signature pieces… well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 08-07-2011 04:09 AM

The box is fantastic – great work!

As far as the photos go – use a background that doesn’t reflect your flash.

I prefer a dark piece of felt, but you can use any color just as long as it absorbs the light and doesn’t bounce it.

Good luck and keep up the great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#14 posted 08-07-2011 04:11 AM

Very good looking box! It would be a very plain boring box if there were no ruffles or ridges on it. I have to, one day, attempt one myself!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 08-07-2011 04:21 AM

yea greg i really love the flowing lines on this one….beautiful wood and a pair of talented hands doing the work, i love your boxes…..keep it up…oh i wanted to ask, are you doing well with selling your wood work…even with this economy, work like this just begs to be bought…thanks…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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