Fair Woodworking

December 26, 2013

A box for all my Jewels

Filed under: Fair Woodworking & Hand Tool Blog — fairwoodworking @ 10:36 am

So…. against my better judgement I decided take a stab at making a box purely with hopes of commercial value. I don’t like woodworking for money, but it seemed like a medium fun way to earn a little extra tool buying money.

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Here it is in all its resplendent glory. As usual, in the end, I’m not totally sold on the dimension. I guess its fine, but the project did sit on the shelf a lot as I wrestled with coming to grips with what it would look like.

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This was my first full scale attempt at flocking the inside.

First rule of flocking?
You don’t want to allow the glue to pool. A thin full covering coat is best.

So what to do with this little guy. I guess I could try to sell it. I’ve been told that there are local places that sell this kind of stuff for real money, but I’d think they’d want more than one box to get going.

I’m not sure I have a long enough attention span for that.



  1. You’re blog has popped up on my recommended list, and I’ve been checking it out lately when I get the chance. I think you do some really nice work, and I like that you’ve found a “niche” of projects that you really enjoy building. I’m still trying to do that. But, even if you don’t agree with me :), I’m going to follow your blog if you don’t mind. Thanks.

    Comment by billlattpa — December 29, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    • Ya sure come on in. The waters fine. Well fair at least.

      Comment by fairwoodworking — December 29, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

  2. Lovely box! How do you think you’d go about pricing it?

    Comment by banjogreg — January 2, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

    • Well isn’t that always the question…
      Like any typical woodworker, justifying a real price is hopeless when I can see every mistake that perhaps nobody else can see.
      On the other hand, it’s made almost entirely with hand tools. Most of the pieces had to be resawn by hand to thickness including a raised panel bottom. I have no idea how many hours I put into it, but if I charged $200 for it, I’m sure I’d be making between 5 and 10 dollars an hour on it. For the effort I’d put in, $300 sounds better, but I can’t imagine anyone paying that much for it.

      Need to start doing something with all these boxes cluttering up the house…
      Oh and thanks for the compliment!

      Comment by fairwoodworking — January 2, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

      • Having thought about it for a while I’ve come to the conclusion that the price people would pay has very little to do with the effort that goes into making things. So I’ll probably give away (or keep) anything I make. On a recent vacation in Hawaii I notice that these stores have sprung up everywhere: https://www.martinandmacarthur.com/ Their woodwork is beautiful and high quality in general, though certainly not hand-tool made. Interesting to see their prices for Koa boxes. I suppose they are somewhat inflated by the tourist factor.

        Comment by banjogreg — January 2, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

  3. Don’t underestimate what people would pay. You’d be surprised to find how many people out there actually appreciate a true hand-made piece. Nicely done and good luck.

    Comment by Josh — February 17, 2014 @ 6:18 am

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