My first jewelry box

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Project by DAC posted 07-11-2013 01:13 AM 1700 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took me some extra time to do. Bolivian Rosewood and Wenge with a bit of Cocobola on the bottom. Used about 15 coats of lacquer for a piano type finish. It takes alot to fill in the grain of that Wenge and took about a month to do the finish and get it all cured up. Making small pieces of Wenge got a bit interesting on the table saw and it was a very good thing I have a zero clearance insert. I am going to have to make one for my miter saw to get it to cut correctly on small pieces.

A bit of router work for the base and a whole bunch of sanding. I am now thankfull that I have a drum sander now. Made my own jig for the edge joints. Did not have to go fancy and put one on a miter slider as that is what the fence was good for. I will be using it alot more as I like the look of that.

All corners are braced with some wood and screwed down as the brass screws look sharp. I probably overbuilt this thing and it should last a few lifetimes

It is about 16 inches wide, 8 inches deep and 6.25 high not including the feet. I was going to sell it but the wife put a stop to that for now. She has to understand that if I want to make another I have to make a profit so I can afford to buy the materials to build another. Oh well at least she is not asking for jewels to fill it up with.

As you can see the bottom is not an evenly split glue up as I was running out of Wenge and just could not justify buying another 8 foot piece for now.

I do believe it needs something in the fron center like a medalion or a small gold coin or a setting with a ruby like stone to help center the eyes on the center of the box. perhaps down the road if I should find something to my liking then I can always add to it.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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Kirk Hutcherson

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 01:35 AM

That’s a nice box!

-- Kirk

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 01:44 AM

Excellent work…very nice !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 04:16 AM

DAC, you have used interesting woods and have a super finish. Looks like you have mastered all the basics. I wouldn’t have used that high-grade wood on the bottom of a piece I planned to sell. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 07:59 AM

That is a beautiful box …. the colour and grain in the wood is amazing, excellent job….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 05:27 PM

Thank you all. I thought it might be a bit off what with the choice of feet. I did have some bigger feet that I used that were brass drawer knobs but felt they were too big and these just a bit small. I think the next box of this size I will use some flat feet. about 3/4 inch square and 1/4 inch think. they are a bit expensive though. I may have to get into making my own brass. sand casting or lost wax process. I am retired now so I am in no hurry. Next big box I think I will make wood hinges as I do have the Incra I-box and the hinge jig.

As far as the expensive wood on the bottom I figured that if you can see it when you open the lid it was worth it. But I guess I could of done a veneer but I am not a fan of veneer.
Thank you all for your support. I am still new to this hobby and sometimes I feel like a hack when I see some of the beautiful items that other LJ’s have made. Some things are just astounding in their beauty and grace.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 09:45 PM

Love the wood choices, the design, all of it. You must be really happy.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 02:03 AM

Happy? not really. Selling house soon and moving from California to Arkansas so I can afford to retire. I have to fight the feds on getting disability retirement as I can no longer hold a job at the young age of 61. 3 shot disks in the lower back do not all;ow me to stand or sit for long and forget about lifting anything heavy. No more walking more than a half a block and that is with all the vicodine. So I am surprised when something does turn out right.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#8 posted 07-12-2013 03:25 AM

That’s a really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 07-12-2013 03:52 AM

Great box, nice finish.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 07-12-2013 08:00 AM

Well done some great looking wood! Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 07-12-2013 02:35 PM

very nice box and beautiful finish

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 07-15-2013 01:56 PM

Gorgeous box! Great choice of woods and hardware. The grains are wild and beautiful with the stunning finish. Outstanding work!

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#13 posted 07-06-2014 07:01 PM

I did not move to Arkansas. I moved to Nevada. much better tax structure. I will be making some more items soon right after I complete some bowls.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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