Jewelry Box

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Project by endgrainy posted 01-01-2015 09:11 PM 19069 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a veneered jewelry box for my daughter, a variation on my last post, a humidor. After completing the humidor, I had some of the walnut burl veneer left over. I followed the same plans from the woodwhisperer for the humidor, but instead of a Spanish cedar substrate I used poplar for the sides and plywood for the top/bottom.

The trim is maple. The inner portion of the box is purple velvet over MDF. My first attempt at upholstery (not as fun as woodworking!) Quandrant hinges are from Brusso hardware.

After my trials with lacquer for the humidor, I decided to make life easier and finished this box with wipe on Arm-R-Seal, rubbed out with paste wax and steel wool. My go-to finish that is fairly noob-proof.

I placed it under the Christmas tree for my daughter who loved it! Father-in-law accidentally used it as a coaster for his coffee – I then politely moved the box to a high shelf.

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 12:24 AM

This is one beautiful box! I really like the edging combined with the veneer, I have to try that! Velvet really sets it off. Great job on a beautiful gift I am sure your daughter will cherish forever!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 12:29 AM

Nice box- Beautiful wood!!!

-- "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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#3 posted 01-02-2015 02:01 AM

A beautiful gift excellent work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 02:59 AM

Sharp looking box You have put together and the walnut veneer pops against the maple. I am quite sure your Daughter will cherish it for a long time. The Father -N-Law incident is classic (LOL) !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 03:30 AM

Nicely done, love the walnut veneer. I’m sure it will be well loved over its long lifetime.

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 04:19 AM

Thanks for the comments! I really enjoy looking at the walnut burl. I find it amazing that something that looks so intricate comes from a simple act of nature.

The velvet was tricky to work with. I used the low tech method of wrapping the fabric around the MDF and stapling the back. I then attached it to the box sides with spray adhesive. Lots of little purple dust lint all over my bench afterwards. I’d be happier working with the gnarliest grained, densest hardwood vs cutting fabric again.

@jeffswildwood – I decided to go with the contrast of walnut with maple, as opposed to the bubinga trim I used on a similar humidor I made recently. The trim serves a dual purpose as it adds some contrast while protecting the edges of the veneer from damage. The Woodwhisperer’s technique shown in the humidor “Guild Build” makes it pretty simple – dado blade to cut rabbets for the trim, then glue the trim in place. First the top/bottom, then the sides/corners.

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#7 posted 01-02-2015 02:20 PM

Beautiful box. The walnut veneer is spectacular. I have made a humidor similar to this and another based on the same design under way so I know how it’s done. Doing a little marquetry on the second box. Those quadrant hinges are fun to set.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 01-02-2015 03:28 PM

Superb execution Endgrain. You’ve inspired me to try veneer in the new year.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#9 posted 01-02-2015 06:02 PM

Nice work !!

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 08:28 PM

To all you folks who would like to try veneering, take note. The best logs of any species wood are turned into veneer but not for the hobbyist, they go to the furniture industry. In most resent years the veneer is sliced between .020 and .023 inches thick some even thinner. when I started veneering in the early 70’s it ran .030 or more. The difference will relate to workability. Beware of those books that show you how to veneer, they talk about veneer presses. The home craftsman is not going to build a press. The home craftsman will be using contact cement or even Titebond glue if the project is small and flat. In all the books on veneering I looked into none of they tell you or show you how to use your 6” jointer and glue to make invisible joints to create a large panel of veneer to cover a kitchen or dining room table.
Dumbo Rich

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#11 posted 03-28-2017 10:27 AM

This is a masterpiece! You have done a beautiful job on this fine box. It displays a lot of outstanding details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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