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Really pushed the challenge meter up a notch on this adventure. I attempted to make a jewelry box with four different pieces of wood. I turned a maple burl bowl, American lacewood inserted bowl, curly maple lid and the finial was supposed to be African blackwood.

Problem 1. The maple burl had a bark incursion I ended up chasing farther then I wanted. Eventually I decided it was going to be a part of the bowl or I might have ended up with a teacup instead of a bowl.

Problem 2. The blackwood is very strong and while attempting to dent it with the drive center it split. I looked at some pen blanks that were burl types of dark red or orange, as a replacement. Unfortunately, they had bark inclusions like the main bowl body and started breaking apart.

Problem 3. Found a dark blackish wood, not labeled on the shelf and thought I'd give it a try. It was like trying to turn a block of black straws that were glued together. I couldn't get a clean edge on the beads or curves, complete disaster.

Problem 4. Cut a piece of morado for finials and these turned out great, but I made the ring minder finial too tall and did not discover the problem until it was glued in place. I had to sand down the top of the finial and polish it as best I could.

I could go on with the list of problems, but at this point I would be nit picking. Some people may never see the issues that I see. Take away the trials and challenges of making this piece and it turn out nice.

The shelf inside the main body bowl suspends the inserted lacewood nicely. So you can put stuff on the bottom under the ring minder insert tray. The morado wood finials make a great contrast with the lighter wood. The curly maple top is stunning with the 3D chatoyance. What do you think?

Here is this week's video: Three Piece Jewelry Box!

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Very Nice Box!!! I like the choice of woods and the bark inclusions add character to the piece. Is this your original design? Very cool with the interior ledge that the second box sits on. I've subscribed to your channel.
I'm just starting out with turning too so its very cool to see what other people are doing.
 

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Very Nice Box!!! I like the choice of woods and the bark inclusions add character to the piece. Is this your original design? Very cool with the interior ledge that the second box sits on. I ve subscribed to your channel.
I m just starting out with turning too so its very cool to see what other people are doing.

- MrWolfe
Welcome to woodturning! Its a load of fun. I am new to turning too. Started Apr 2020… worst time of the year to attempt hands on training. So I had to go solo or wait for the covid to go away. Anything I turn you can turn! Thank you for the sub and following along my wood turning journey.
 

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Sounds like trouble came calling, but it really looks like you prevailed, that bowl, liner, and lid are very nice. That Burl is special, both inside and out, nice work.

A friend used to always say, the closer the bone, the sweeter the meat, and I think of Burl like that. Found in those otherwise troublesome creases, they deliver the goods in character, and crazy grain.
 

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Sounds like trouble came calling, but it really looks like you prevailed, that bowl, liner, and lid are very nice. That Burl is special, both inside and out, nice work.

A friend used to always say, the closer the bone, the sweeter the meat, and I think of Burl like that. Found in those otherwise troublesome creases, they deliver the goods in character, and crazy grain.

- therealSteveN
I couldn't agree with you more. :)
 

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For all the problems, it sure did come out nicely. Excellent job !!! Mel
 
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