Jewelry (or something) Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by OldWrangler posted 05-05-2014 05:19 PM 1167 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been try to finish this box for a couple of weeks. The finish on the lid just didn’t suit me so I sanded it out a couple of times with up to 1000 grit and re-varnished it but it still picked up dust or something. Finally I thinned the poly with about 40% paint thinner and applied the finish with a paper towel. A couple of coats like that and the finish finally looked good.

Lid and drawer fronts are Flame Box Elder (lid with natural bark edge). Front and back of the carcass are blue BKP and sides are some contrasting brown wood from the scrap pile (could be anything). Finger joints could have been better but my jig was off. That has now been corrected.

Box is 14” wide, 8” deep and 11” tall

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

4 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30562 posts in 3145 days

#1 posted 05-05-2014 05:53 PM

That’s very cool. Great work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View ralbuck's profile


6556 posts in 3074 days

#2 posted 05-05-2014 08:00 PM

N I C E !!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 3497 days

#3 posted 05-06-2014 12:41 AM

That is a nice design and both those woods are cool together. I’ve not seen either wood here but am looking as box elder is supposed to grow here.

I hate it when my box joints don’t come out as planned! I now use a previously cut box jointed board to set up my jig. Much quicker and no measuring!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View OldWrangler's profile


731 posts in 2402 days

#4 posted 05-06-2014 05:01 AM

Now that I have made a new adjustable box joint jig, I get the joints so tight I have to tap them together with a rubber hammer. It was just a case of trial and error until I got the pin the right distance from the dado slot. Being able to adjust the setting makes all the difference. I set the dado blade a little high so I get a joint I can sand down until flush. First jig wasn’t badly off but no way to correct the setting. Someone on LJ showed how to make the jig right and that really helped. I like the appearance of the box joints over the miter as it shows more woodworking skill and it is really showy when made with contrasting color woods. It is also a good way to make a wooden hinge.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics