Thursday, January 17, 2013

Boxes?!

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I love boxes with no discernible opening at first glance, and got to make some with my dad for Christmas and birthday presents!  I brought my dad some sketches, and then he walked me through the whole project!

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We made three mahogany jewelry boxes that were approximately 9x6.5x3 inches.  The tops slid out revealing a wool felt lined inside with a removable jewelry divider.

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I had fun designing the triangle patterns and choosing colors I thought matched the boxes'  recipients!

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I used shellac to finish the wood, and artist's varnish over the acrylic painted birch plywood tops.

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This (not jewelry) box was about 10x10x4 inches and lined with wool felt also.  I was really pleased with the more abstract geometric design with this top.  (Still not sick of triangles!)  These colors make me happy too!

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I love how these boxes turned out (and am now wishing I had made one for me! haha!), and it was a great learning experience.  I still have LOTS to learn as far as basic woodworking skills; good thing I have a good teacher!  Thanks Dad! :)

8 comments:

  1. You are so talented Kate!!!!
    xxx Ale

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  2. What fantastic boxes, Kate and they are SO WELL MADE! The finish looks gorgeous and I feel like touching that beautiful wood! The sliding top is perfect and so clever. I love the colours of that first box: royal blue, turquoise, orange and white. So fresh and dynamic at the same time.
    Well done to you and your dad! You make a great team! The design of the last box is very nice, I feel like playing with the triangles and moving them around!

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  3. These look amazing! Seriously awesome :) Maybe I need one for my fancier crochet hooks, hmmm...
    xo,
    wink

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  4. I can't believe it! These are AMAZING, Kate!!! Well done you, clever clogs!!! :-)
    Carly
    x
    P.S. Sorry haven't been 'around' and commenting this week. It's report-writing time at school! Grrrrr!!! LOVE the Tuesday photo, by the way!!!

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  5. hi kate, these boxes and the giant pepper grinder are fab. i think your dad is fab. lucky girl!, and clever too!!

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  6. You clever thing! They look amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much!!
      Hope you have a great weekend,
      Kate :}

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  7. Those boxes are all so awesome.Lucky you having a Dad with so much talent and willing to share. Lucky Dad having a daughter who wants to learn the skills he has mastered.

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