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I decided to make another box with slanted legs, a design that worked very well for this box:

www.etsy.com/listing/92635148

I wanted to really show off some nice, contrasting woods in a revisit to that design. For those of you who have looked through the items in my shop, it may come as no surprise that I chose to feature two of my favorite woods -- quilted Bigleaf Maple, and Oregon Black Walnut. Since I was going to be covering the corners with the walnut legs, I decided to skip the steps required to have an exact match of grain at all corners, which in this case was a really good thing! It meant I could use a couple of very heavily figured boards that were far too thin to resaw for matching corners, but more than thick enough for the body of the box. I chose the nicest ones for the front and sides, with the front board featuring a subtle arch in the grain lines from one side to the other.

The legs were cut from a single piece of walnut to ensure an exact color and grain match, and I chose two for the front legs that have grain lines that angle outwards just like the legs themselves.

The lid is a single board of straight grained, quartersawn Oregon Black Walnut, with hues of brown, black, and almost a silvery pewter! The underside of the lid is beveled so that, when opened, the tapered legs and lid meet to hold the lid open at about 110 degrees.

The inside features two removable sliding trays with removable, figured maple dividers, and a lower section with five storage areas flanking a set of 4 "ring rolls" that will hold 4-5 rings each. (Ring rolls are 4" wide.) Both the trays and the bottom are lined with a very nice black faux suede, and in keeping with the contrasting theme, the ring rolls are a light beige. (The ring rolls are easily removable, resulting in another storage section and a completely black interior.)

The box was finished with several light coats of a wiping varnish, sanded between each to a final grade of "0000" steel wool, and given a final light oil/wax coating to add a measure of protection and bring out the grain and figure.

Yes, the box really is that figured; it isn't a trick of the camera! (I try not to use flash for any of my photos because it will often illuminate figure in the grain TOO much, and make it look "fake.")

Dimensions of the box itself are 13-1/2" wide by 8" deep by 3-1/2" tall. The lid is 9-1/2" wide by 15" long, and is approximately 11/16" thick.

This box ships FREE to the U.S. and Canada. Low rates to other locations; see below. Shipping within the U.S. will be via FedEx Ground / Home Delivery. Shipping elsewhere will be by USPS First Class.

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out all of my boxes here!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/WalnutVale?section_id=11119104
John Mikkelson

Jewelry Box in Quilted Maple and Oregon Black Walnut

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Quilted Maple, Bigleaf Maple, figured maple, maple, walnut, black walnut, Oregon Black Walnut, quartersawn walnut
  • Feedback: 70 reviews
  • Ships from Oregon, United States to select countries.
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