Sarah's Jewelry Box

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Project by croquetman posted 07-27-2014 02:42 PM 1702 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yet another jewelry box for yet another future niece.

This box is a classic mitered box. Two drawers and a storage area under the lid. It is 12×8 x 6 high. Perhaps what makes this box a bit different is that I did not cut the top from the base after the box was made. I decided to make a mitered frame top and inset the cherry top. Truthfully, this is easier than setting the top before the box top is cut off. I also think it is more interesting.

The box is cherry with black walnut accents. The top cherry panel was chosen for its interesting grain. The box is finished with Danish oil. The top has received a light polyurethane coating followed by a bit of hand rubbed wax. The tops of boxes tend to be used as temporary storage places for what might be at hand, so I like to add a bit of protection there.

After gluing the sides together, I was pretty pleased with the strength of the joints … for a short while. I figured the two inside shelves would hold everything together quite well. But very subtly the joints seemed to be opening. Possibly I was being paranoid. And I really didn’t want to add the splines, but it looked like they were going to be necessary. So there are 8 1/8” splines which should hold the miters together nicely.

One drawer has a ring tray. The other drawer is left with only felt. The egg crate under the lid is cherry.

A simple box which can easily be built in a long weekend.

-- Whatever

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 02:55 PM

This is very beautiful and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jim Sellers

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 03:40 PM

Nice work. I like the way you have the drawer fronts mitered to fit the sides.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 11:34 PM

Very nicely done. Gr8 details, and wood combos. Nice design as well. I like it a lot.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 01:01 AM

I realy like your simple design.
How thick is the stock on the case and droor fronts?

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 02:14 AM

7/16. I have made this box, with thicker stock, and it’s really not worth it. Using the splines the 1/2 stock has more than enough glue surface to hold the miters together. The drawers are 5/16 with 3/16 plywood bottoms. The top is 3/8 set inot a 3/8 walnut frame. Delicate. Light.

-- Whatever

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#6 posted 07-30-2014 08:31 PM

Thank you.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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