Inlaid Jewelry Box

I decided to try my hand at a jewelry box similar to the dice box made by @evansd2. I loved the fluted look of the box and the color combination of the wood. Here is my result:

It is 11 layers of 3mm walnut hardwood. About 5 inches in diameter. Inlay is Padauk and Yellowheart.

This project was a beast. I have new (er,… renewed) appreciation for the insane amount of work that all of you put into the projects you post. @evansd2 did a thorough write-up of his process (for which I am very grateful) in his original post so I will not replicate that here.

A few notes:

  • In the future, I would benefit from mocking up a prototype from cheap wood and not start out with the spendy stuff. I learned a lot in the process and I wish I had learned it on draftboard and not walnut hardwood

  • Getting the wood grain to line up in the inlay so it looked like a single piece of wood was a challenge. I ended up numbering the larger pieces on the backside to line them up and using my eyecrometer to align the smaller pieces. It is not perfect, but I am really happy with it

  • I would not be a Dad if I didn’t take the opportunity to share a life lesson with my 16 year old as I was sanding. I can focus on all of the imperfections that this piece has–and there are many–or I can look at the piece as a whole and be impressed with its beauty.

He rolled his eyes.

I, however, am thrilled with how it turned out.

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I’m thinking you should be thrilled about how it came out. It looks wonderfull.

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Beautiful! @evansd2 will be very happy to see this.

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Great job. Your son may have rolled his eyes, but I have a feeling he is also impressed with the beauty of this piece and the interplay of the wood types.

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Your son probably rolled his eyes because he never saw an imperfection and thought you were being unnecessarily critical. It’s a beautiful piece!

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Looks fantastic

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Wow, excellent work.

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Beautiful.

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Did you line the box? If so, what did you use?

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That’s gorgeous - I’m not sure it would have occurred to me to line up the grain, but that you did is so satisfying to the eye!

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I lined the bottom with adhesive felt; mostly because it was really hard to get a clean sanding in the corners. We’ll call it a “creative decision”.

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I admire your work! Congratulations on your perseverance.

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If you want to have his eyes roll in a good way show it to him under UV light :grin:

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That is soooooo lovely, and you should be commended for your patience! Totally worth it (says me, who isn’t brave enough to try!)

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That is just amazing! Beautiful work! And, kids are ‘required’ to roll their eyes at their parents. It’s the ‘code’! :rofl:

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I’m super-impressed with your dedication here.

I know there are many threads about inlay calculation, but how did you get the layers together so smoothly for both the lid and the lower part of the box? Lots and lots and lots of sanding and finishing, or is there another trick?

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Wow! Impressive work. Thank you for sharing.

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Wow! Love the shape! Ahh…the eye roll! That’s how you know what you are saying is important and authentic! Especially when it comes from a teen.

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As you should be—it’s a truly gorgeous piece! That inlay looks pretty perfect to me.

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Impressive. Inlay looks amazing and well fitted. Really great piece.

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