First jewelry box

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Project by VillageWood posted 04-25-2009 03:21 AM 2688 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After the success of the clocks, I felt ready to tackle something a little more complex. My wedding anniversary was right around the corner so I decided on a jewelry box for my wife. But which design? It had to be simple, with techniques that could be acquired quickly. This was not the time to practice for the perfect dovetail. I found this design I think from Canadian Home Workshop. Very straightforward except for the rounded legs. The Net came to the rescue again with a design for a simple crosscut sled and a technique for making circles on the table saw that is dead accurate. I liked the fact that the joinery was hidden by the top, and the dados would keep the sides secure forever.

I married padauk and lightly curly maple. The box is solid padauk everywhere, even the bottom. The felt bottom is just a piece of hardboard wrapped with felt and pressure fitted on top of the real wood bottom. The dividers float. Again, this was finished with tung oil and wax, and the cover is held in place with barrel hinges. It wasn’t perfect but for a first box, it was very acceptable. My wife’s eyes popped out on our anniversary. It was the first time she benefitted from one of my passions (the other one being golf).

I made one for my dresser as well, but in figured bubinga and cherry. I will likely try this design again with fixed dividers on the bottom, and add an uppter tray as well for added storage.

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#1 posted 04-25-2009 03:28 AM

heck of a box to be your 1st.. very unique and strong looking joints

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 03:43 AM

Nice box! I thought about using this design for a box that I was going to give as a gift, but I chickened out and made one with mitered corners. I love the contrast between the padauk and the maple.


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#3 posted 04-25-2009 06:11 AM

Looking good! Welcome to LJ :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-25-2009 06:36 AM

Unique and beautiful , great joinery how did you dado the corners at that angle ?

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#5 posted 04-25-2009 07:32 AM

Very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#6 posted 04-25-2009 01:30 PM

Very nice job

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#7 posted 04-25-2009 04:32 PM

Love the leg design. Thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#8 posted 04-25-2009 05:00 PM

Nice design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 04-25-2009 06:56 PM

a1Jim, it was done with a dado blade set with the blades tilted at 45 degrees.

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#10 posted 04-25-2009 10:17 PM

Very nice, i thought it was a table when i saw it on the projects page :P couldnt see the padauk

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#11 posted 04-25-2009 10:39 PM

Very very nice I know you shouldn’t say very very but it is very very nice lol Alistair

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#12 posted 04-26-2009 02:46 PM

very cool

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#13 posted 04-27-2009 03:35 AM

Great box, nice choice in wood. I remember seeing this plan some time. How did you get the barrel hinges to work? I thought the barrel hinges needed a relief at the hing point to make room for the lid to get past the fixed portion of the top. Or did you use the SOSS type where the hinge point moves out as you open the door?

-- Chris

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#14 posted 04-28-2009 04:30 PM

nice looking box, the woods used look good, thanks for posting

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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