Monthly Book Giveaway - January 2023

Pyramid Lid Jewelry Box

This box was completed a few years back, but seeing how I like making boxes and would like to get something in the contest, even if just to show it again, well...

The Story
This is one of those experiments that just happen every now and then (actually almost always 8^)

I'm a big fan of the Klausian (Kiefer) boxes and some time back I experimented with creating a surface that emulated his boxes of 1000 saw cuts.

Anyway, I recently found this experiment while dusting the shop and it was a good opportunity to make something from it.

Basically I used a bunch of random veneers and thin cutoffs and layered them into a stack with some long ago expired glue. Exactly the same way a cutting board is often constructed. I ice-cream sandwiched the finished result with walnut for the chunky caps.

I intended to use my 3/8" box joint blade set to 45 degrees to plow out the grooves since it has always given me tearout free cuts in situations like these. I aligned all the grain in this glue-up to go in the same direction and I made the crosscuts first followed by the rips to clean up any tearout that may happen.
Of course I expected some warping but it was minimal and taken care of by the DS. I dulled the pyramid tips a tad with my ROS.

Final thickness is 5/8", danish oil, about 9" x 4-1/2".

The Box

I made this up as I went along. The lid was panelized by splining into a walnut frame. I also used frame/panel construction for the other parts.
Box sides are zebra wood glue-ups I also found buried in the shop dust, the interior tray is apricot, 1/8" thick re-sawn from a dead tree in the yard.

End caps are a gnarly cutoff from a piece of walnut, knot holes filled w/epoxy mixed with turquoise mica.

That mica makes a wood shop look like an elementary school art class after the "glitter" projects are complete 8^)

I still have a goodly stash of copper rivets so I bedazzled the exterior "just because".

The box interior has a leather lined bottom and everything received a shellacking (no oil)

Thanks for stopping by!


wow splint that is a work of art my friend.and i see you did enter it in the contest. it should place quite well's gonna get a vote from me anyway !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Great looking box. I can see Klaus’s influence.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Wow - this is over-the top-beautiful.  Amazing work!

"That is not only not right; it is not even wrong" - Wolfgang Pauli

What I am really enjoying about migrated projects is getting to see these great projects that I had forgotten! This is a prime example!
Bruce, I have to appreciate this box. It's several fairly complex projects knitted together as well as can be to make it a showcase of your abilities. I would have needed a few naps just to get the veneers glued up, and to think about sawing them into a grid pattern, and then too......... I'm taking a nap BTW.....

And you just sew these things together like it's not so much to do.

Awesome. I salute you.
Everything about this box just works, from the combination of woods to the gracefully arched sides to the multilayered pyramid lid to the epoxy/mica fill to the copper studs. Fantastic work!
Thanks buddies!

As John "Hannible" Smith (A-Team) would say, "I love it when a plan comes together"
congrats on 2nd place buddy,you had some stiff competition.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks Pottzy 8^)
Needless to say it's quite an honor. Seems everyone has made a box or two and the varieties are endless.

Of course Paul was unstoppable!
Almost popped my eyes out of their sockets. That is gorgeous Splint!

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef