A Jewelry Box for Jillian

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Project by Chip posted 03-15-2007 12:51 AM 5821 views 20 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another one of my pieces that I just finished.

It’s walnut, granadillo, bloodwood, and the lighter wood is called something like avingnon (don’t have the name right in front of me). The lighter wood (avingnon?) is extremely hard to work with. The piece is 12×12 x 3. The tray (granadillo) comes out of the box via a stainless steel dragonfly cabinet pull I bought at Lowes. I need to start making my own pulls.

Have been practicing carving letters and things lately and thought the top of this thing could have used something else like that on it but when I got almost finished, taking a chisel to it made me nervous. I’m sure you know what I mean. I’ll just keep practicing the carving for now.

I’m getting more than a little tired of just drilling holes and using straight lines so am going to plunge into steam bending or some kind of curved work for my next piece.

Thanks for looking. Be glad to hear anyone’s thoughts.

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

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#1 posted 03-15-2007 01:49 AM

my favourite part of the is the dragonfly or whatever it is.. it must be the flyfisher in me.
The mix of woods is beautiful.
Perhaps you could carve letters on a plate that gets attached to the top—- then if you don’t like it, you just leave it off.

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

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#2 posted 03-15-2007 02:31 AM

That Grandillo has some beautiful grain.

But what do you mean some steam bending or curves for your next piece. What about the Woodworkers Challenge.

OH, thats what your going to do on your modified Greene and Greene cabinet. By the way Happy Birthday tomorrow.

-- 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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#3 posted 03-15-2007 03:05 AM

Nice work…like the dragonfly.

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#4 posted 03-15-2007 11:46 AM

hehe I meant to say that my favourite addition to the beautiful work that you have done is your artistic choice of the dragonfly. It is the perfect finishing touch to all of your hours of hard work

(is that better, Chip??) :)
Again – beautiful box.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2007 04:11 PM

That’s beautiful Chip. Stay tuned, the table that I am working on right now has curved legs and I will show you guys how to do it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 03-15-2007 07:42 PM

I was just thinking—wouldn’t it be nice to carve something “pond-ish” on the front and then inside – oh yah.. there’s the dragonfly, right at home!!

or… the ring “holes”... what if they were carved in the shape of lilypads.. or..

Chip, you have my creative brain sizzling.
If only I could create what I envision.

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

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#7 posted 04-17-2007 04:06 AM

That’s a beautiful jewelry box, Chip. Nice combination of woods. What made that one wood so difficult to work with? Inspires me to make another box, and not one for cribbage. Did you dream up the design of the circles?

-- Jeff,

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#8 posted 04-17-2007 04:17 AM

Thanks Jeff. It splintered quite a bit even with all the normal precautions. And it just didn’t finish like I thought it would. Yea, the circles are all mine. I’m a recovering hole drilling addict and have the name of a good counselor if you’re interested. LOL. Thanks for looking.

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

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#9 posted 04-17-2007 05:35 AM

I like the circles. I’m curious to know how you lined them.

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#10 posted 04-17-2007 06:33 AM

Hey, Chip. I thought I had already commented on this piece… I must have meant to and became distracted… At any rate, I like this box very much. It’s quite unique and I bet Jillian absolutely loves it.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 04-17-2007 07:00 AM

Beautiful working Chip. Inspiring.

-- John

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#12 posted 04-17-2007 10:28 AM

Beautiful work Chip. Did you laminate the sides and then make the box, or is it built like a layer cake? I like the contrasting splines, and the holes are very cool. Is the lighter wood Anigre?

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

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#13 posted 04-17-2007 04:48 PM

Very nice.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 04-17-2007 05:00 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. The circles are lined with an imitation leather material (shhhh, don’t tell Jillian that). I did laminate the sides first, then put the box together and added splines. When I bought the wood I liked its color, wrote down the name and have since misplaced the note. Doug, I believe that is it but I wouldn’t swear to it.

It’s funny that I’m getting all of these comments now but I guess the project resurfaced via “shuffle.” In hind sight I wish I had used the Grandillo on the top instead of the inside because of its nicer looking grain. Also funny since my favorite box is the other one I posted because of my affection for my first attempt at making the wooden hinges.

Anyhow, thanks again for all of your nice comments.

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

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#15 posted 04-17-2007 07:19 PM

In my opinion there’s been to much emphasis on the Dragonfly, I like the box.

You’re kind of like me I enjoy mixing different species together.

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

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