Pennsylvania Spice Box for Anniversary

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Project by toothmechanic posted 05-31-2012 12:39 PM 3076 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So basically this is a big ring box. I have been wanting to undertake a Spice Box for quite a while now, and my 10th anniversary seemed to be a good reason to start. Tomorrow my wife and I will celebrate our 10th. We hardly ever do presents, etc. for stuff, and it is time we start. I was either in Dental School or trying to get into Dental school for the first several years of our marriage, so the budget was a little more than tight. I promised to buy her a ring 10 years ago for our 10th…and being a man of my word I had to (got to, was priveledged to) do it. I also had to find a cool way to give it to her. It is not exactly the same ring we talked about 10 years ago (that one is still not in the budget yet) but it is a very close second place. On to the project…..

Black Walnut with Poplar 2nds. Walnut burl for the “prize” drawer.
All hand cut dovetails…about 150 in all. Plans were from Latta’s FWW article.
Not quite there with skills to try the inlaid Line and Berry stuff yet.
Finish is Maloof’s blend…It’s what I had on hand. I will add several coats next week. I just have to make it presentable for tomorrow.
Hardware is Londonderry Brasses.
Estimating about a gazillion hours in the shop for this one.
Some of the wood was from my grandpap’s farm in PA. He cleared the land for his farm about 40 years ago, and had all of the hardwoods milled. Every grandkid got a piece of furniture from the wood, and being the only male, and the only grandkid that likes woodworking, I got the rest of the wood in the collection.

To my wife…..Thanks for supporting me for the past 10+ years. Every drop of sweat and nicked finger are the very least I could do for your love and support. I am ready for another 10 years!


-- If you can't make it right, make it bright!

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#1 posted 05-31-2012 01:15 PM

Hoily Moley, what a beautiful chest. The walnut burl is beautiful and perfect for this piece. Your craftsmanship is fabulous. You are a very talented and patient man. Your wife is a lucky gal too!
Good luck on your next 10 years! What are you going to make her for your 20th?
Best Regards,

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 02:03 PM

This is a beautiful piece and very well done. I like it.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 02:20 PM

Wow. Love the detail on this one. I can relate to the fear of the line and berry
stringing when you have gone that far. (Much of the stringing is fairly easy with the
right tools- Lettering is another story)

Your wife will surely treasure it forever. I can also relate to the sacrifice in starting on
your career. It is worth it but few people know how much effort it takes to get through
a program like Dental School.

Nice wood grain and finish too!!

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 04:46 PM

Very well done, you have set the bar high for the rest of us when it comes to anniversary’s though. I am sure she will be very pleased and proud. My wife and I are celebrating 26 this year. You are now a member or an elite group, most marriages don’t make it ten years. congrats, congrats. hoping you have 50 more wonderful years together. very beautiful piece, keep up the great work.. Steve (aka) papa

-- Papa...

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 06:30 PM

Well, not to rain on your parade, but… when you do something this special – the ring, heirloom wood, excellent craftsmanship- you set the bar too high for the rest of us and what are you going to do as you keep adding years to the marriage ?!!! Think ahead, JW. I’ll be married 30 years this August. If I had given her something like this after ONLY 10 years putting up with me, I can’t fathom what I’d have to give her for 30 years of my sh*t. Plus I wacked off 3/2 of a finger, not a nick, but I don’t need my fingers to earn a living. Great job, all kidding aside.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 10:30 PM

Beautiful spice box. I will be starting on one next week. It will be used for jewelry chest too. I am familiar with Steve Lattka’s article and have Glen Huey’s plans. In reviewing everything and determining the plan of action, I can appriciate the level of difficulty. Congratulations on a fine build, and on your anniverisary.

-- Ben in Va

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#7 posted 06-02-2012 08:42 PM

Thanks on the comments…..Jaq and I had a wonderful 10th anniversary celebration. It was quite a challenge for me, my toughest build yet…..but we will be able to pass it down to our kids. Thanks for looking


-- If you can't make it right, make it bright!

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