Twin Jewelry Boxes

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Project by jhcarr posted 08-17-2014 01:56 AM 2960 views 26 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After watching a video by Peter Dunsmore (, I decided to make a box similar to the one he made. I used straight keys for the miters, and made my own veneers on my bandsaw from some boards I had in my shop, which were lacewood, maple, and walnut. I made 2 boxes, one for each of my 2 daughters, and I made the veneer pattern mirror images of each other. The are about 13 X 10 inches. I wanted to be able to fit a letter-sized sheet of paper (8.5 X 11) inside without having to fold it. This is the first time I have ever worked with veneer, and I made a couple of rookie mistakes, but was able to repair them pretty well.

-- James Carr, Simi Valley, California

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 03:27 AM

Rookie mistakes? There’s nothing rookie-ish about those boxes. Beautiful job. I really like the way you joined the tops and made a mirror image.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 04:02 AM

Very nice looking jewelry box. I like the round hinges. Did you just use a fostner bit to countersink them? If so that seems like it would be a super easy way to put on very nice looking hinges. These will stay in the family for generations.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 04:49 AM

Beautiful work… I am still trying to figure out how you made that top!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 08-17-2014 05:01 AM

Very nice indeed.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 12:11 PM

James, extremely nice build. I love everything about your boxes, especially how you worked with the grain. Added to favorites. After all, I have three daughters and a granddaughter, but the granddaughter gets the first box!

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 01:27 PM

Nice boxes

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 08-17-2014 02:43 PM

Two excellent boxes! I don’t see any goofs in either one. I too am interested in those round hinges. Where did they come from?

Love the lacewood!

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

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#8 posted 08-17-2014 03:12 PM

Great Boxes and wonderful post. The Lacewood is a nice touch. I haven’t worked with it yet.Thank you so much for sharing. I too would love to know where you acquired those hinges….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#9 posted 08-17-2014 04:03 PM

That is a nice design and you did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 08-17-2014 04:22 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. To answer maplerock and others’ questions, The sides are solid maple, 1/2” thick. (BTW, this was just a maple board from Home Depot. I noticed the nice figure and got it about 2 years ago, thinking it would make a nice jewelry box.) The top is a hardwood plywood, 12mm (1/2”), glued into rabbets. I then leveled the sides with the top, and glued the veneer onto that. Having never worked with veneer before, I simply glued it to the top using Titebond II. The first thing I noticed was that the veneer curled up because of the moisture in the glue. I clamped it down and trimmed the edges. This was the center piece, which was lacewood. I then obviously added and trimmed the walnut strips. The mistake I made was the maple on the outer edges. Wanting to avoid the curling, I moistened the top, which indeed helped it to lay flat. I wasn’t thinking though, because after the glue had set, and the piece was totally dry again, it shrank slightly, living a very small gap. I made my own filler, from maple sawdust mixed with glue, and it filled in nicely and is really only noticeable to me. I was going to strip it all off and start over, but my wife convinced me to leave it as is because it looks so good. So I did.
The next time I try a veneer project, I intend to use a heat-activated glue, and take extra care to avoid shrinkage.

-- James Carr, Simi Valley, California

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#11 posted 08-17-2014 04:25 PM

I forgot, someone asked about the hinges. They are from I used a 35mm forstner drill bit. I had to add some shims to one hinge because the lid was sitting slightly crooked.

-- James Carr, Simi Valley, California

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#12 posted 08-17-2014 05:55 PM


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#13 posted 08-18-2014 01:39 AM

I love this. Nice build!

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#14 posted 08-18-2014 10:33 AM

Great job. thanks!

-- Doug, Rhode Island, (Splinter Magnet)

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#15 posted 08-19-2014 12:17 AM

Beautiful jewelry boxes! I’m sure your daughters will love them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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