Zebrawood And Nogal Jewelry Box

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Project by TedM posted 02-01-2009 08:58 PM 9480 views 16 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today is my daughter’s 21st birthday and this is a jewelry box that I finished yesterday for her.

When she saw the small Zebrawood and Ebony box that I made a few months ago she asked if I could make her one. As any father will know that what ‘the princess’ asks for she gets! Thruout the course of design she decide that it was to be larger, with a tray and a drawer. :)

It’s about 11” wide, 7” deep and 5” high and finished with a wipe-on poly. It is made with African Zebrawood and Nogal, also known as Peruvian Walnut, from South America.

Here’s a view of the top showing the lamination of the Zebrawood and Nogal:

Zebrawood and Nogal Jewelry Box

One of the neatest things was that I was also able to incorporate a hidden compartment. I noticed that if the drawer compartments went the full depth of the box you would pull it out completely and then you would have to fit it back into the box. Putting the end of the compartment about an inch back eliminated this problem and left a nice spot for a secret spot. One has a tendency to now stop pulling the drawer once the back side of the compartment is seen, like in the photos above.

Here’s the drawer pulled out completely:

Zebrawood jewelry box

The top of the ‘extension’ is friction fitted and with a tug and a pull a hidden compartment is found:

Zebrawood jewelry box

For the drawer I first cut the four sides of the box to size and then mitered them to 45 degrees. Then, after ensuring all the sides fit together correctly, I cut the drawer face from the box face. Then I cut the drawer ends from the box sides using the tablesaw sled and stops. Then just glued the three pieces together.

This still left a kerf sized gap between the top of the drawer and the sides of the box. I was able to find, no, sorry, I was really, really lucky to find, a strip of Zebrawood with matching grain. I sliced this to thickness, mitered and glued this to the top of the drawer front. The grain of Zebrawood is actually quite forgiving so this is pretty much undetectable as you can see (or not) here:

Zebrawood And Nogal Jewelry Box

Zebrawood And Nogal Jewelry Box

Now all that’s left is to tie a bow on it and give it to my daughter when she comes home later today. I hope she likes it as must as I enjoyed making it for her. :)

Thanks for looking.

Update 02/02/09 – Within a few minutes of giving her the box here is what it looked like. She loved it! :)

Zebrawood And Nogal Jewelry Box

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#1 posted 02-01-2009 09:12 PM

Ted- This is great! I love that zebrawood! Great craftsmanship and design, well done! I bet she’s proud…


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#2 posted 02-01-2009 09:19 PM

Just gorgeous!
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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#3 posted 02-01-2009 09:28 PM

she will treasure it always

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#4 posted 02-01-2009 09:29 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-01-2009 09:43 PM

What a cool creation! Beautiful box, beautiful wood.
I’m confused, cannot figure out how you cut the box side and assembled it with the drawer front.

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#6 posted 02-01-2009 10:06 PM

Very nice I’m sure she’ll be very happy with dad!

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#7 posted 02-01-2009 10:30 PM

Excellent work, TedM. I like the drawer & box’s lip pulls.

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#8 posted 02-01-2009 10:30 PM

Very Nice!!!Beautiful Zebrawood!

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#9 posted 02-01-2009 11:04 PM

Very beautiful box. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#10 posted 02-01-2009 11:14 PM

Very Nice Ted… Please let us know how she likes it.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 02-01-2009 11:17 PM

WOW! What beautiful work. Zebrawood can be so hard to work with but you have done an incredible job!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 02-02-2009 12:25 AM

Nice work!!! Beautiful and great details. Great job!!!!

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#13 posted 02-02-2009 01:33 AM

Zebra is such and colorful wood, you picked just the rite piece for this project. It looks great.
How do you like the smell of Zebra….lol I sure don’t.
Thanks for posting

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#14 posted 02-02-2009 03:48 AM

I like it and excellent job

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#15 posted 02-02-2009 05:10 AM

W O W !!! I can’t believe how you wrapped that grain so perfectly around the box including the mitered drawer corners…..Can we get a picture of the top of the box if you can pry it out of your daughters’ hands long enough to take one ? LOL I bet she is more than thrilled by this gift . I’ve never seen your secondary wood before . It really compliments the Zwood nicely and your drawer and compartments are very nicely laid out . Excellent craftsmanship , Dad ! Happy Birthday to the Princess !

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