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In the 1st QTR of each year, I try to make my woodworking gifts for family members, for the next Christmas.

For Christmas 2014, one of my gifts will be Ladybug inlay boxes.

In scroll sawing, if you slightly tip the saw table and cut out a piece at an angle, the inner piece will either protrude above the base piece, or be below the base piece, depending on the table angle and direction of sawing. Someone figured out you can use this concept to stack two different types of wood and use it to make inlays.

The original pattern used cedar for the box sides and lid. I chose to use padauk because I like the red color. The pattern also used walnut stained dark for the ladybug spots and head. I had some ebony in-stock, and decided to try using ebony for the first time on this project. The ebony gives the ladybug black spots versus brown spots, which is the color in nature of the ladybugs.

If you want more details on my trials & tribulations of building these boxes, see my web site.

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I'm a sucker for critters of all kinds, so I find these colorful boxes quite cute.
 

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Yep, the ladybugs are very cute!

I hoping that all the lady family members that receive them find them cute also :)

Thanks!
 

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Those are really cute. Well done!
 

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Nice job. I have been wanting to work with inlays. I like the graphic you included. My wife loves lady bugs and will love tis box.
 

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Very pretty boxes! Cute lady bug design and attractive wood colors. I'm sure they will be liked and treasured. Great job!
 
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