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Project by bilsborough posted 05-17-2008 08:46 PM 3177 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend saw some purpleheart and said, “ohhh, make me something with that! A jewelry box.” I’ll take any excuse I can get to take on a fun project so I got some purpleheart from the woodsmith store and some maple leftover from some other project, and a little bit of Koa I’m gradually using up. I had recently seen a few pictures of boxes with the half-blind dovetails meeting the corner pieces, so I was looking for a project I could try that out on, this one seemed to fit the bill pretty nicely. So I went with maple sides into purpleheart legs, routing my dovetails on my porter cable jig. I cut the top inch off the box sides for the lid, and filled in the kerf with the koa. I also used the koa to fill the kerf around the drawer face. I carved some contour on the legs to add some more visual interest

legs

I used some brusso 95 degree stop brass box hinges, pretty expensive but nice, though the lid could probably use a third.

corner view

The finish is nitro-cellulose laquer hand rubbed to a gloss finish. The white in the grain of the lid was in the wood, it isn’t polishing compound.

-- What do you learn from being right?





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Woodhacker

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#1 posted 05-17-2008 08:55 PM

Wow bilsborough, this is an amazing box. I love the combination and have used that on a few boxes myself…at least the maple and purpleheart.

Your joinery looks excellent! Great design too!

I see from your project page you’ve made some guitars…in high school I made a few accoustics, but quit woodworking until about 5 years ago…now I’m making boxes primarily.

Anyway, great job on this box, I’m sure your girlfriend loves it.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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davidtheboxmaker

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#2 posted 05-17-2008 09:57 PM

Great box – the corners look really sharp. Well done.

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GaryK

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 12:03 AM

Great looking box! Lots of fantastic details.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 12:07 AM

wonderful box. great dovetails too. I know what you mean about purpleheart. every time a girl sees it they want something made out of it.(I just haven’t got around to filling their orders yet, lol) great job and i look forward to your next post.

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 05-18-2008 12:12 AM

Man, that is really a fantastic box. Tons of great details and beautiful joinery. I’ll bet you get a lot of brownie points with the girlfriend for this one!

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

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darryl

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#6 posted 05-18-2008 04:51 AM

this is a very nice piece. love the contrast of the maple and purpleheart in the dovetails.
great job!

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Dusty56

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#7 posted 05-18-2008 06:14 AM

someday I hope to achieve this level of craftsmanship

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

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 05-18-2008 12:53 PM

This is a beautiful box. The details are simply great. I am sure your girlfriend adored the box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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BobR

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#9 posted 05-18-2008 03:01 PM

Great design, good choice of timber, and wonderful workmanship.

-- Bob

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Paul D

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#10 posted 05-18-2008 03:05 PM

Very nice box and great details.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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IcemanSam

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#11 posted 05-19-2008 04:18 PM

Gorgeous box. Love the added touch with the carved sides/legs.

-- Sam, Texas

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Wade Putnam

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#12 posted 05-21-2008 03:36 PM

Nice work, love the combination of woods

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com

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YorkshireStewart

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#13 posted 05-21-2008 08:02 PM

Lovely design, exquisitely made. Lucky girl!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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flomp

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#14 posted 06-01-2008 08:08 PM

im thinking of doing the corner dovetail thing now thanks

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Andraxia

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#15 posted 11-06-2008 11:27 AM

Isn’t it funny how us Aussies envy your selection of woods and you Americans envy the wood selection us Aussies have – Sigh I wish I had access to a decent (and cost effective) supply of purple heart – This looks fantastic mate!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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