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Handcrafted woodwork designed for use in storage and display. Boxes, cabinets, display cases, shelves, shadowboxes, and custom framing to provide safe environments for collectibles and to help keep special items close at hand. Perfect for small places needing to combine style & storage. Everything listed on my site is completely handmade by me in my shop from scratch. I use mostly recycled & reclaimed wood for my creations and focus on domestic woods and avoid any endangered exotic woods. Please contact me for a custom order and I’d be happy to help with an original design for a special one-of-a-kind handcrafted item.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Latest Project - 10 Shadowboxes

Custom ShadowboxCurrently working on a batch of ten custom shadowboxes for a client. These are of oak and use a hidden handle in the top attached to a pane of clear acrylic for glazing.  They are designed to hang from the wall with a hidden french cleat.  Very clean and minimalist with nothing to distract from the display inside.  When the handle is slid down into place, it fits flush with the top edge and is almost invisible. The top photo is of one made and sold earlier and the bottom photo shows the progress on the current group.  Scheduled to be done in about a week.
Custom batch of 10 Identical Shadowboxes

Saturday, March 1, 2014

New Batch of Boxes

4 Wooden Keepsake Boxes
Another group of containers to post online.  A variety of reclaimed woods, including: Oak, Clear Maple, Birds-Eye Maple, Knotty Maple, Cherry, Knotty Cherry, Hickory, English Oak, and Black Walnut.  We're fortunate to have two places in town that make recycled wood available: Second Chance Bldg Supply, and the Habitat for Humanity Resale Shop.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Next Batch of Recycled Wooden Boxes

5 Recycled Wood Keepsake Boxes
This February I'm finishing a group of boxes to add online.  These are of recycled woods found at the local Resale shop and feature dramatic grain patterns and knots.  Two of the boxes use panels cut to deliberately show off natural holes in the wood.  Not the best containers to store state secrets in, but they would make a real conversation piece on a desktop and there's no doubt of their reclaimed status.  A mix of quarter-sawn oak, knotty maple, American black walnut, and knotty cherry. The large box in the back of the photo also uses sections of naturally dark English oak. Most of this wood came from flooring taken out of demolished houses.  Random lengths and thicknesses sliced into thin sections, planed smooth, then cut for interlocking joints and shaped into custom handmade boxes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Small Keepsake Box with Lift-off Lid

Small Handmade Keepsake Box with Removable Lid
Small handmade keepsake box using 3 woods. The box uses both birdseye maple and spalted maple for the sides & top and cherry for the bottom panel. Features a removable lid that lifts straight off. Protected with a light clear finish and assembled with interlocking joints.

It's worth mentioning that we don't use any CNC computer controlled cutters where software feeds coordinates that trace over wood. We use traditional hand and power woodworking tools and everything we make is completely hand crafted from scratch in our shop.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Latest Group of Boxes

5 Small Keepsake Boxes using hardwoods
Group of 5 small keepsake boxes to list online.  Using quarter-sawn oak, American cherry, black walnut, birds-eye maple, and wavy maple.  The two boxes in the back also use lyptus, which is a sustainable alternative to mahogany and is grown on non-tropical certified plantations.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Second Prototype_Tiny Jewelry Display Case

JMCraftworks_Walnut Prototype_02_January 1, 2014_03
The final prototype of the little display case I designed for small jewelry items.  Again, with a glass insert in the top to allow viewing of the jewelry on display.  The small sets of magnets are the same as in my earlier ring boxes on Etsy and they allow the two halves to stay secure without any sort of hinging mechanism.  The glass is framer's glass and is held in place in a slot cut with a special thin table-saw blade.  This one measures 4 3/8" long x 1 1/8" wide.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

First Prototype_Tiny Jewelry Display Case

JMCraftworks_Mahogany Prototype_02_December 15 2013
Original design for a tiny jewelry display case.  This was a prototype that I designed last year (2013) for a jeweler as the basis for a large order.  That project fell through so I'll continue producing my design to sell locally and on my website.   This is of mahogany and measures approximately 3/4" wide x 4" in length.  There is a thin sheet of glass in front allowing you to see the interior. It pops open and snaps shut using 4 tiny neodymium magnets. There are no sharp edges, no protruding hinges, no clasps, and no catches.
JMCraftworks_Mahogany Prototype_01_December 15 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Group of Keepsake Boxes

Group of 3 Keepsake Boxes using reclaimed wood
The latest group of small keepsake boxes.  These use clear maple, wavy or curly maple, and black walnut.  All the wood is from the local Habitat for Humanity Resale shop.  They carry a lot of scraps from building projects that can be recycled for a second life as useful objects.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tiny Jewelry Gift Boxes

Closeup of a tiny jewelry gift box using acacia and walnut woodThis is a series of tiny boxes designed to house small items of jewelry.  To be used as wedding ring presentation boxes that can be kept in a pocket secretly until the time is right to surprise someone.  Or to store small items in a purse, backpack, or desk drawer.  These are mostly under an inch and a half long and can fit in the palm of a hand. I've handmade these using recycled wood such as walnut, acacia, maple, mahogany, and cherry.

Batch of Tiny Jewelry Gift Boxes using a variety of reclaimed woods