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Home Made Jewelry Box

04/14/2011 9:16 AM

Several years ago I had some left over black walnut from a project I had. I was looking at one of the raw pieces one day and I saw a section that I thought was exceptionally beautiful. It was too small to use as a table top. As I continued to look at it I thought it would make a very nice lid on a box. I began to think it might make a very attractive jewelry box. I did have a problem however. I no longer had access to a wood shop, all I had was a table saw in the garage and a basic hand tools. The bug bit me and a few days later I had the box. So without the benefit of a shaper, router, planer etc. I made this. Note that the base started out as 1 piece. The feet were not added, I used the table saw to eat away the material I didn't want. Most people that have seen it really get a kick out of the mechanism I came up with to actuate the lower drawer. Do you have any handmade objects to share with the forum?

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04/14/2011 9:42 AM

Kudos! Very nicely done, especially considering some makeshift tool work.

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04/14/2011 9:55 AM

Very nice! And impressive that you did it with just a table saw and hand tools.

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04/14/2011 9:58 AM

I tend to live work in the abstract, but just like you, the wood lets me know what to do. Unfortunately, after I'm finished, I usually end up dropping and breaking them. Nice job!

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04/14/2011 10:08 AM

Neat stuff! Did you carve these or find them as driftwood or something?

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04/14/2011 10:30 AM

They all started out solid. I just removed some of the wood.

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04/14/2011 3:06 PM

Thanks! They are impressive!

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04/14/2011 4:32 PM

Thanks. No real skill involved, just random cuts and holes, and lots of sanding.

Attempting to make the jewelry box would drive me crazy.

I haven't done one for over 15 years..............before the internet got popular.

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04/14/2011 10:16 AM

Those are some neat free-form sculptures. The artistry and craftmanship on CR4 is as enjoyable as the engineering.

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04/14/2011 12:45 PM

When I saw the first pic I thought it was a model of vertebrae!

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04/14/2011 1:27 PM

I don't know if you can tell on here, but if you consider the left side a face, and the right side the haunches.........it kind of looks like some kind of pissed off, demonic cat. That wasn't the plan.

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04/14/2011 1:45 PM

Kinda reminds me of the movie "The Thing" But, artfully done.

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04/14/2011 2:07 PM

Speaking of art........how about some pics of that Vette. Should be about done by now.

Nevermind............I know true art can't be rushed.

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04/14/2011 10:49 PM

Mark,

you should stick to childrens alphabet learning toys.. because you obviously have no talent whatsoever with wood.

you cut away all the straight edges!

you don't like to color inside the lines do you!

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04/15/2011 8:14 AM

Nope!

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04/14/2011 10:35 AM

Nice work guys. Who needs all those fancy tools, anyway?

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04/14/2011 10:40 AM

Back to basics. A block of wood and a Bowie knife, and there ya go.

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04/14/2011 12:02 PM

The jewel box is very clever - you'd never guess it was made with simple tools! And Kramarat, beautiful work. I love the natural shapes. (Now if I just had the leisure to polish up all the old sticks I have dragged home and left lying around... too special to burn. )

My own work is mostly non-representational and usually has some rustic features. (Rustic is a handy, polite term for... never mind!)

Here's a cuff I made recently. The ornamented part was made by fusing fine silver scrap and sheet. I melted back the edges on one side to give it a flowing shape. The fused sheet is attached to a sterling cuff base with rivets. I made different size rivet heads by melting the rivet wire into a ball head, and incorporated them into the design.

You'll have to excuse the photo quality, it's hard to take pix of white metal and I need to set some time aside to work on that.

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04/15/2011 2:04 AM

Make a light box, white tube frame, 3 foot cube, cover on 5 sides with translucent white fabric (no light gaps anywhere), lay on table in sun with open side towards you. Hang from back top of box a piece of heavy coloured paper or light card (try light blue, red), let it hang down in a slow curve towards front of box. Place object on base of box on the coloured paper/card, and photograph. It's a start for improving your photos. Red paper/card is good for gold and brass, not sure what to use for silver.

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04/15/2011 5:46 AM

Thanks for the very clear description! Re: coloured paper. I hadn't heard of this techique. I have a series of shots of the silver which I rejected because they are heavily coloured by the reflection of the red shirt I was wearing. I'm going to take a look at some photos of other people's work and try to figure what colour they used. Maybe blue would be ideal for silver.

Again, many thanks for the advice.

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04/14/2011 12:40 PM

thanks guys

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04/14/2011 7:44 PM

I don't get it Where are the electrical components to make these things do stuff.

Nices work though

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04/14/2011 10:48 PM

Very nice work !

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04/15/2011 7:57 AM

Nice,simple, artistic job.May I know who finally got it..

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04/15/2011 12:04 PM

This pic used to be animated as a brief loop of an applauding audience, but has now grown static. What happened?

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04/15/2011 12:09 PM

Maybe he only thought it deserves a single clap.

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04/15/2011 6:41 PM

Thinking, please wait ...

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Oh, yeah. You can no longer upload animated .gifs - you can only supply the URL of one which is already on the 'net.

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