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Jenn’s Christmas Gift: The Jewelry Box

For Jenn for Christmas, I made her a completely hand made box. How hand made? Like hand tools, like carved the wood with a scalpal not even a saw. The only power tool I used was an air powered nail gun to hold it together. I wanted to make her a chest to be used as a jewelry box or a memory box or whatever, but I wanted it to be symbolic of everythign that is us. I think it came out well, the plan was to build a box out of masonite, then frame it with carved balsa wood which I'd stain and finish to harden. The inside was felted with velvet and the bottom has a blue felt so it won't scratch the ground. I used brass fittings for the hinges and latch. I didn't take a lot of in progress pictures, so check out what I did do. It took a LONG time, and the carving was so much mess and work all over my parent's house. I first lightly drew on the balsa, then carved out the big chunks, then shaved to give it perspective. This is an awesome showcase of my woodworking skillz, and I think I've showcased both my artistic and my electronic skills, I proved my metal skills on the supercomputer, and my acrylic skills on the cube. I'm a penta-threat. Biotch.

Box 01
I carved all the balsa wood with a scalpal, formed it to fit exactly around the hard masonite box. One of the things Jenn and I love is bowling, so I made one of the sides of the lid about bowling. How's it look?
Box 02
We do puzzles a lot, so the other side of the lid is puzzle pieces. I like that I left a few cut out, makes it more authentic. Carving out the whole inside to make it just less deep as the border was a pain, but it is worth it.
Box 03
The felted inside of the top, with the balsa showing through on the bottom. I basically felted the pieces with a 1/4 inch border with no felt before I assembled them, so it'd all go together with glue and nails.
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Another angle of the lid, I think the felt looks really professional.
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The inside of the main box, you can see framing with the balsa on the sides.
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The front, JL for Jennifer Landers, and a pumpkin since her nickname is punkin. The jagged thing at the top is for the latch to connect to. Does that look like a pretty realistic pumpkin?
Box 07
The camping scene, this was the first one I did, I think it's one of the neater ones.
Box 08
This inscription on the back took an hour and a half to do. Just to show you how long this process is.
Box 09
"Merry Christmas, With Love, Joe, 12-25-2005"
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This was by far the hardest and most intricate one. TV, movies, and video games, it's what we're all about. But it took so long and I had to repair those little pieces so many times!
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The top of the box, I had to cut angles into strips of balsa to make it founded like that, then used the scalpal to smooth the corners.
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So, I finished it and stained it and gave it to Jenn, and Jenn took these finished pics. Front, side, with latch on. Notice the felt on the bottom.
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Side, back, with hinges. I slopped the finish and stain on to make it seem like an ancient pirate chest or something, I think it looks pretty authentic.
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Other side and hinges.
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And again.
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And again.
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I rock the freakin hizzouse.

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