First Post - Jewelry Box for my Mom

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Project by Matt Nudi posted 12-13-2012 03:41 AM 5046 views 20 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this is my first post here on lumber jocks. This is going to be a gift for my mom for christmas, started about a month and half ago at this point. I started getting really into woodworking about a year ago and luckily since I’m in college the shop here has a full set of tools and I’ve been fortunate to have access to everything.

Anyways, the woods on here are zebrawood, paduak, purpleheart, jatoba, walnut, spanish cedar, and ash burl veneer for the lid. It’s a lot, but I like the colorful look that it gives the box. I still have to make the inserts but I ran out of time and studying for my nuclear engineering exams took priority, mother’s day gift? Haha, anyway, enjoy and as always I welcome any feedback. This is my second box project and probably my most time consuming project yet, a little over 100 hours. Thanks for looking!

- Matt

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 03:44 AM

Welcome to Ljs again Matt
This box is fantastic a real work of art . a beautiful piece ,your mother had to love it.

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 04:10 AM

Very, very nice! I’d respectfully describe it as busily beautiful, but it works and is a great show case for your many skills. Your mother is going to love it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 04:13 AM

Great lookng box. This looks like it was built by true craftsman. You mom should love this gift I’m sure!
Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 04:32 AM

What a great gift for your mother…one that she will certainly cherish forever.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 04:45 AM

Thank you all for the comments! This box was a lot of firsts for me in terms of trying new techniques and things I otherwise wouldn’t normally have to do like the double double joints. Our shop did not have a sawstop mech. for the dado blade so I had to do those by hand with the dovetail, coping saw, and chisel. All in all it added up to 20 repetitions of cutting the slots by hand so I did get a lot of practice during this time and I feel much more confident about my ability to do it again in the future with more accuracy.

Like I said, I’m still really new to the hobby but I feed off of seeing others projects and knowing that with enough work I have the potential to create some of the amazing project online. Challenges tend to drive me to produce my best work.

*HillbillyShooter – I definitely think “busy” is completely accurate. I thought about it after that the corners might have looked better if I had used the walnut/paduak instead of the jatoba/purpleheart but in the end I think it another small element that works alright in this fashion. Definitely something for me to consider more carefully in a future build!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 04:54 AM

Excellent job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 06:50 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

Absolutely stunning work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-13-2012 07:43 AM

very nice craftmanship

-- jrm123

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#9 posted 12-13-2012 08:29 AM

Excellent workmanship …100 hours at a nuclear engineers salary. Can’t sell it mom will have to appreciate it! LOL. I’m sure she will.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 01:28 PM

Matt….super nice work….looks like an elegant box you’d see in a movie like National Treasure….a box to hold something very old and important. Your work right…”OUT OF THE BOX” gives some of the seasoned box guys here at LJs a run for it.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 01:38 PM

Hi Matt and welcome to LJ. This box is really hot (if not radioactive). Wonderful workmanship.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-13-2012 01:56 PM

Outstanding box…welcome to LJ

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#13 posted 12-13-2012 02:17 PM

Hi Matt beautiful box, The details finish and combination of wood look fantastic, Your mother must love it :)

-- -Thomas -

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#14 posted 12-13-2012 02:26 PM

Thanks for the compliments all of you, I do appreciate it! I’m giving it to her on Christmas day and she doesn’t have any idea that something is coming, as long as my Dad or sister doesn’t let the secret out ahead of time!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#15 posted 12-13-2012 02:46 PM

Welcome, and I have to write this is very nice. It reminds me of some of my travels…

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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