Jewelry Boxes

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Project by Wayne Precht posted 01-29-2009 10:59 PM 1887 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year’s gift project was small jewelry boxes. I had to make 3, one for my mother, one for my mother-in-law and one for my wife’s aunt.

Really, this was an experiment. I wanted to try making keyed miters and I made a fixture that rides in the miter slot on the table saw and holds the box at 45deg. I support I should get a picture of it and add it, but it’s 3 pieces of wood, two joined at 90 deg to cradle the box and a vertical board that rides in the miter slot.

Anyway, that worked great and was a breeze to setup. The first box was made from Bloodwood with Satinwood accents. The second one was Purpleheart with Satinwood accents and the final one (pictured here) was Butternut with bloodwood accents. The tops and bottoms of all are 1/4” oak plywood. The bottoms are captive in a slot and the tops are friction fit into a rabbit.

It was a fun and fast project and all were well received.

Oh and these pictures (and my Photoshop skills) leave a lot to be desired ATM. I am still working on a system of lighting that will allow me to take more flattering shots of my work.

-- --- Wayne.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-30-2009 12:34 AM

Wayne, this is a nice looking box and it looks like your spline jig worked well. The bloodwood keys contrast nicely with the butternut.

Nice job. And you are obviously an intelligent man to keep making gifts like these boxes for the important women in your life. But what about your wife? Did you make anything for her? :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-30-2009 03:04 AM

Very nice job Wayne. The ladies in your life will be very happy.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Wayne Precht

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#3 posted 01-30-2009 03:11 AM

The box for my wife is somewhat more…elaborate and not yet finished. Though she did get a blanket chest not a month before xmas, so she’s content (but still expecting a nice box). Hers is larger and made with quartersawn Sycamore and a bunch of nested trays.

-- --- Wayne.

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#4 posted 01-30-2009 09:15 PM

I like the joinery. looks good

-- making sawdust....

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