Tess – Cutting Top

Cut off top of box for the lid and top tray…

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Tess – Drawers

Built drawers and partitions…

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Tess – Fitting Trim

After box glued together, rabbeted all sides and fit the ebony trim pieces.

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Tess – Glue Up

Here are a few photos of the glue up process, lots of clamps for such a small box!

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Tess – Wood Grain

Several more views of the wood grain on back, top and front.

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Tess – Milled Panels

Laminated panels are then milled to form case for box.  Birch plywood is used to form floors for drawers and top tray.  Top is box matched pair of burl slices and sides and back of box are also book matched from slices taken in sequence from burl.

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Tess – Laminating

Mesquite burl is cut into thin slices and laminated to cherry wood substrate.

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Tess – Materials

Here are some photos of raw materials used in jewelry box for Tess.  Velvet mesquite is native to the Sonoran Desert.  Burls are usually caused by a fungus or stress and commonly grow at the base of the tree or partially underground.  The result is a very hard wood with tightly twisted roots, buds and knots with a highly figured grain   The burl used in this project was harvested several years ago and has been drying and aging for about 2 years.

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Tess – Rendering

Here’s a rendering of a jewelry box for Tess.  Dimensions are approximately 12″W x 9″D x 6″H.  Box has two drawers about 1″ deep and a top tray and flip up top.  Materials are mesquite burl laminated on cherry for the box case with ebony trim. Drawers will be cherry with Spanish cedar partitions with fronts of solid mesquite burl.  Pulls will be ebony.  Case will be finished with tung oil and interiors will be finished with amber shellac. Drawer will be lined with red velvet.  Flip top will have brass jewel hinges.


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Sally’s Tea Box – Completed

Here are photos of the completed tea box I made for Sally.  Top is birds eye mesquite burl, sides are mesquite and edging is of ebony.  Box interior is Spanish cedar.  Exterior finish is tung oil and paste wax, interior finish is amber shellac and paste wax.  Dimensions are 11″ L x 8.5″ D x 3.25″ H.

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