HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HONEY!
Can you identify the mystery veneer?
SHOP OWNER: Bob Berner
LOCATION: Allentown, PA
About a week before Christmas my wife told me I could make her a small jewelry box for a Christmas present. I thanked her for the suggestion but told her that it wasn't gonna happen for this Christmas. I managed to get it finished in time to make it an anniversary gift.
She had a fabric covered cardboard box that she kept earrings in, so I used that for a model for this box. It is made of walnut, with ebony accents, a cherry divider, a suede liner, and mystery veneer on the lid panel. I took a piece of the veneer to my guild meeting and had the experts look it over. Nobody, not even our highly regarded and esteemed webmeister could identify it. [Editor's Note: I still don't know what the heck it is, Bob.]
I resawed the walnut and mitered the corners so the grain is visually continuous around the box. The box measures 6" x 9" x 2.5" and is finished with shellac and wax. The Brusso hinges were a tad tedious to fit since they don't open to 180°, but they sure do work nicely.
Needless to say she tossed the cardboard box and is using this one instead.. . . Bob Berner
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