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Hi all.
I made this little box to go with the anniversary ring I got my wife for our 5th anniversary the other day.
It is solid tulipwood. Finish is fine sanding then a few coats of wax applyed with 0000 steel wool. It opens by pivoting on a simple 1/8" brass rod. I don't have any carving tools so I had to cut the groove that seperates the hearts with a straight bench chisel. It could have been smoother with the right tool. :)
She loved both the ring and the box.

Thanks for looking and your comments are welcome.

Ryan

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KOOL!! I like it. A good sharp pocket knife will get you a long ways in carving.
 

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Great ring box,cool design looks super.
 

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Fantastic design and build. Nice job on the carving. Love the strong grain in tulip wood.

Keep it up.

Scrappy
 

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Very pretty.
 

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Nice job.

I am sure your wife values the box as much as the ring.

Congrats.
 

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Great job! I forgot our 5th anneversary. I'm sure you box went over much better than my wife looking at me with furious eyes and me saying "Huh… What?"
 

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You are such a thoughtful husband. The box and ring are really nice. Now I just have to make sure my wife doesn't see this, or I'll be headed to the jewelry store. LOL

Congrats
 

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Very romantic and thoughtful. I honestly believe she was probably more touched by the box than the ring (though I am sure she is more than happy to show that off as well ;) I hope her friends do not have woodworking husbands because, if they are, they are about ready to have a really bad week :)
 

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Great job. I'm afraid my wife would have to be happy with just the box. And Ryan, I think the slightly irregular curve adds to it, a reminder that it was something handmade from you to her.
 

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nice work mann
 

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Sorry to say, but I'm totally ripping your idea off when my 5th rolls around ;)
 

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NICE! I like the doubled up hearts-I wish I'D thought of that before making mine… hahah it pays to browse other peoples' projects. :) How did you get the brass rod to stay put-or will it slide out of one of the holes? I was trying to think of how to do that, and ended up cutting off a machine screw and threaded it into the wood; this actually ended up working way better than I could have anticipated-it is firm and glides right open without any slop, and firms up at just the right spot! The only disadvantage that I've realized is that it should be opened only in one direction-which was intuitive to me, but I had to be careful giving it to others to play with. People also have tried to pull the top off as if it were a traditional hinge… smack =) Nice work, love the tulip wood.
 

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oh, wow…that is beautiful!

i'm not much of a jewelry woman, but I'd be sporting that box around to my friends!
 

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Thanks very much!
Dan, I really wanted to tie the two hearts together, a larger one and a smaller one, to represent our love and marriage. The left heart (the one "behind the other) represents mine, embracing her smaller heart in the forefront.
The brass rod is drilled in from the bottom of the box, so is visible on the underside. It was a very tight fit with a 1/8" drill bit. I put a dab of CA glue in the lid portion of the hole, and some wax on the portion of the brass rod that would be in the body of the box, the pounded it in place. The lid now opens in either direction, is snug, turns easily with pressure, but certainly doesn't "free spin" which you don't want. The screw is a good idea, but be careful because if spun the wrong way, it could crack the wood on you. Also, over time, the screw may work itself loose.
This is the first project using tulip wood and I know why it is so rare and expensive now! What an amazingly beautiful wood to work with! By far the nicest of the true Dalbergia species woods that I've tried (including cocobolo, rosewood, and kingwood, which are still all very very nice). I highly recommend trying it if you have the opportunity.

Anyway, thanks, and you may see another tulipwood creation from me soon, as I have quite a bit left.

Ryan
 

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Good Day, Great Gallery. Just a thought that you may want to use… To cut out the edge of the heart without a carving tool, you could build an edge guide jig for your router fitted with the proper bushing and a 60 or 45 deg veining bit. Beautiful work

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