A jewelry box for Eowyn

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Project by Chip posted 03-13-2007 07:02 PM 5224 views 18 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new here and thought it appropriate to offer one of my pieces for the scrutiny of my peers. It’s a small jewelry box made from walnut and holly. I am especially proud of the hinges which I made myself from walnut. It was my first attempt at making them (no, I did not make the handles. They are are Lowes cabinet handles).

I would be very glad to hear any comments from you all as I am always trying to improve my work. By the way, the photo is just a reduction, for web, from project sheets I try to do for each of my pieces. Thanks ahead of time for any comments.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#1 posted 03-13-2007 07:26 PM

it is so beautiful!!
Lovely design created around the outside as well as the tray

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

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#2 posted 03-13-2007 07:42 PM

Good quality work!

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#3 posted 03-13-2007 09:31 PM

Is that “checker board” piece (tray?) all inlay work, or are the circles recessed spots for rings and such? Hard to tell from the size of the picture, Tbe box is gorgeous. Nice design work on the project sheet as well.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 03-13-2007 10:34 PM

Very nice Chip. We also have a show and Tell at the woodworkers club. This would be a nice piece to show off.

-- 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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#5 posted 03-14-2007 12:27 AM

Chips, this is a beautiful piece. How about more detail? I’d particularly like a few close-up shots of the hinges and a description of how they were made.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 03-17-2007 04:20 AM

Very nice. I can’t tell from the pictures, how did you attach the hinges?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 04-17-2007 07:26 PM

Another great project, the combination of the wood is pleasing to the eye. The joinery is superb. I’d like to see some larger images though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-17-2007 08:04 PM

Great piece. I’m very interested in the hinges. Are they made like rounded over box joints? If so do you have to make them looser to allow for better movement?

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#9 posted 04-18-2007 12:41 AM

thanks for the comments.

Dick – Thanks for your kind words. I replaced the old pics with bigger ones. This was my first project posted here and back then I wasn’t sure how big a pic could be downloaded.

Iclashley – There are kits for doing these out there. I studied the kit, priced the router bits seperately and put together a jig which was cheaper. The extra long 1/8” drill bit was probably the hardest thing to find. The Incra (?) kit has great step by step pics which is what I went by. I have the address here someplace and will try to find it for you. Thanks a lot for your comments and for taking a look.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 05-24-2007 05:55 AM

Chip, how did I miss this? This is simply sublime! Truly!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 06-07-2007 10:52 AM

Super nice. The wood contrasts, joinery, every thing fits. The tray construction is especially cool.
Thanks for posting this!

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

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#12 posted 12-06-2007 02:15 AM

Chip! I missed this one. I got caught up in examining your other box. The hinge is brilliant! I really like the contrast in woods, and your detail with the insert is most impressive. I have trouble with final touches like this. It is really quite an inspiring piece of work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 12-06-2007 02:20 AM

Much appreciated Tom. Like I was telling you, I have a few others on the burner but just can’t get the time to finish them. Perhaps during the holidays (right, that’ll happen). Thanks for the comment.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 12-06-2007 09:08 AM

Very handsome box, Chip. The lines work really well with the proportions.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#15 posted 12-06-2007 02:15 PM

Nicely done Chip. Great detail.

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