Mostly scroll sawed jewelry box

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 10-29-2014 06:09 PM 3035 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is some of the pictures of the four boxes I cut out and glued up while camping in Colorado sitting beside my camper. All the boxes used the same steps from start to finish. In the third picture I didn’t glue the front and the back pieces of the drawer on until I cut out the cavity of the drawer. After gluing the back piece on I then used the band saw to thin the 3/4” piece down to about 5/16” otherwise the drawer would have been too long for the opening which will take a 6 1/2” drawer. The last picture shows the patterns still on after cutting them out with the scroll saw, one at a time. The more accurate I cut the pieces out the less sanding to do.
Cutting and gluing one box takes about a week. Ash for the box, mesquite for the drawer fronts, bamboo drawer pulls and store boughts cour-de- leaks!!! The drawer fronts are wider and taller than the openings they go in and that is to cover up any flaws in miscalculations of the designer, me. Gluing this many pieces wide is a grand chore. Oh and did I say they have to end up in perfectly alignment. For alignment as I was dry fitting everything I used 4 independent 3/16” dowels between each piece of wood with their own set of holes. I would glue one piece, let set then glue the next piece and keep adding pieces till all 10 pieces were joined. The same number of pieces , 10 for each drawer. If a drawer is not glued straight the whole project is fire wood. Also all pieces have to have the same amount of pressure applied on top, bottom, middle and everywhere or else a bulge will grow into a very distorted conglomeration fit for only the fire place. If you got any questions I’ll try to help. I used a set of french curves to make my boxes with no particular country or date in mind. Now I hope the pictures don’t blur like the clocks did.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 08:48 PM

that is beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 11:03 PM

Nice work!

I am not the only one who takes woodworking things along with the camper.

I have a smaller scrollsaw that just stays in the camper and my old DW sander(20+) years old, is a permant resident there also.

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

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#3 posted 10-30-2014 08:53 AM

One of the best bandsaw boxes on LJ’s. The front deatails are amaizing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jess Littlefield

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#4 posted 10-30-2014 01:45 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I like to look through everyone’s projects who comment on my stuff and I will say you-all, Texas slang, are into wood working and not lookers and that is good. I am retired and finally have time to build things that would have taken too long to get paid for the amount of time spent had I still been working. I also choose things that don’t take a lot of wood for my retirement check was set when I said by by in 1980. I never dreamed cost of living would go so high since then. Glad to see your name again Ivan….
Most of my tools were used when I bought them. I pride myself in being able to repair about anything. My most
prized tool is the Legacy Ornamental Mill which was new and we almost went bankrupt to buy it. This is the only piece of machinery that will convert a simple woodworker into a genius..

Nothing in a persons shop except this machine can do this . All I have to do is turn the handle.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#5 posted 10-30-2014 05:49 PM

Lots of great details in these, Halfacre! Really like the camouflaging drawer fronts! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 03-24-2015 09:35 PM

I own a legacy mill too, please may i ask how you did the spiral on the far right of the bottom picture i have not seen one like that before very nice
regards Bill

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Jess Littlefield

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 12:50 AM

Bill that was actually a mistake. I don’t exactly remember what I did to end up with the looks it has . I was turning either a barley twist or a rope design and moved the router too far and that came out. I will go out to the shop in a few days, health problems, and will figure what exactly I did and will post it here . This happened when I would come in the house and watch the demo’s of all things a legacy could do then go out and try this and that. Between here and there I would forget what I just watched…

-- Jess Littlefield

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 08:28 PM

Such beautiful finished results! You have a lot of peaceful patience! ~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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