Stand Up Jewelry Box #1: Project Planning

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Blog entry by cowboyup3371 posted 01-01-2018 03:09 AM 992 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have never written a blog before so if this is incorrect please tell me what I should do instead; however, my intent is to document the build of my most ambitious project ever.

After building the two music boxes for my daughters, I asked the wife about making one for her sister, my sister-in-law. She replied it would be a good idea but that the sister-in-law really wants a jewelry box and that it might be nicer to incorporate the two. That conversation than began an effort by the wife to design her idea for which she copied a couple of ideas she found online. Once she finished her part, I then began some editing changing her original wall mounted idea to a floor standing one since the sister-in-law rents a home that we’d prefer she wouldn’t need to mess up the walls.

The design calls for a mirror on the outside and necklace hooks on the inside of the door. The inside of the cabinet itself will have bracelet and hanging ear ring hooks as well as two drawers for loose items. Another drawer space will have a lower section as well as a pull out tray for rings. Next to that will be a section for a music box that will play once the lid covering the rings is opened. The wind up mechanism will be covered up by a door. The entire box will sit on two legs and will need to be locked using a tambour door style lock instead of the more decorative jewelry box ones. This is needed because my mother-in-law has the initial on-set of dementia and has been stealing stuff lately.

The jewelry box with door will measure 7” long x 15” wide x 36” high and will sit on 42” legs. I am thinking of building the carcass out of some curly red Oak I have, the drawers out of the Birdseye Maple, and the base for the music box/ring drawer out of Walnut. The hinges, lock, and jewelry pieces as well as the music box movement have been purchased and are waiting on the start of the project. It will involve techniques I have not done yet as the hinge for the inside ring/music box lid will use the quadrant hinge and will require a mortising I have not done yet but have the jig so some practicing will be needed.

The best part of this project is that my eldest daughter will be helping me. She used to help me all the time a few years ago but hasn’t in awhile. I’ll be giving her the task to build the small drawers as well as a molding that she is designing. You see, my sister-in-law is into skulls and such so we are going to incorporate that into the molding.

The biggest challenge to this entire project is the calendar however. I couldn’t get anything even started in time for Christmas so we have pushed back delivery to my sister-in-law’s birthday – Feb 16th – where I’ll drive down to Texas over the long weekend to deliver it (I won’t trust shipping it).

My phone isn’t cooperating at the moment so I’ll upload pictures of my plans a bit later

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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