McKenna\'s Birthday Jewelry Box

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Project by BarryW posted 10-02-2009 11:32 PM 3032 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been collecting hardwoods from damaged or discarded tree trunks for the last 5 years…or more. This is the first project that I’ve made from this wood. It’s a simple box for my first grandchild’s 7th birthday. McKenna is her name. The wood top, bottom and drawer bottom are 1/4” maple. The sides are 1/4” linden…all stained with a brown stain I’ve had around for a long time. Then two coats of Danish Oil and two buffs with pastewax. The bottom and the drawer are lined with elk hide found at a garage sale…suede side up. I would have made wooden hinges for that’s for my next project…since this was my first real project…all others getting ready for this kind of project, I learned a lot in making and building this project…which included pinning the sides of the inner drawer with small wooden pegs I made by scraping and sanding thin strips of wood into the desired shape. The pegs and the splines are made from mystery wood…something I found made into a pallet. It’s something from the far east, but I don’t have a clue. It’s kinda redish…I thought it red oak for a while, but the grain is completely different. It’s all stained quite nicely…brass hinges and part of a jewelry chain found in Great-grandma’s costume jewelry…and while there are little mistakes here and there…I think my granddaughter will appreciate the fact her Grandpa Barry spent a month making this off and on taking time away from caring for her Great-grandmother Jean. “Nana” Jean is including a little something for the box. Shhhh, it’s a secret.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 10-02-2009 11:39 PM

good for you , barry .
nice box ,
and a great gift !

i bet she’ll love it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-02-2009 11:40 PM

Very nice Barry,She will love it

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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#3 posted 10-03-2009 12:14 AM

great box … she’ll love it

it’s fun using scrap and mystery wood.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 10-03-2009 12:34 AM

That’s fine work, Grandpa Barry!! She’ll appreciate it more and more as she grows older!
I like the larger key that extends into the box to hold up the tray, good thinking! That Linden has got some great grain going on too… Really Nice Job!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 10-03-2009 02:35 AM

Yes, I made this for my grand-daughter…but it was a test also…I had the maple and I had the linden and I had not machined or worked with either of them. So, I made the box out of both. When I look at it after it’s finished, I do like the grain on the linden…and well, I wish I’d made the entire box of linden…however…it’s done now and the next item will be entirely of either maple or linden.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 10-03-2009 03:19 AM

Great looking little box, I like the design that you have used on it. She will fill it with that shiny stuff. Great build PAP PAW .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 10-03-2009 03:56 AM

This is a nice box, Barry. I am sure that McKenna will enjoy it for years to come. You chose a nice wood combination as well. I have never seen linden before but it does have some interesting grain to it. I also like that the box was built from lumber that you rescued.

Nice job.

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

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#8 posted 10-03-2009 04:08 AM

Looks like a well thought out design and meticulous use of material. Well done Barry. I am sure she will love the box forever.

I, too, have found beautiful stange woods in foreign pallet. Some, reddish and had a doo-doo smell to it when you cut into it that soon vanished. I called it Usta-Stink wood.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#9 posted 10-03-2009 05:40 AM

Very nice looking box! I’ve never seen linden before, interesting. I’m sure your grand/daughter will enjoy it. Coincidentaly my grand/daughters name is McKenna also! She’s only 3 1/2 and still on the rocking horse. I’ll have to show her this jewelry box tomorrow. I’ve never seen a kid so interested in everything I do. Does your McKenna like to help out in the shop also? Tell your McKenna, that we wish her a very happy birthday also!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 10-03-2009 07:13 AM

All my grandchildren are hundreds of miles from their family here…my children are all raising their own families now and since I care for my 91 year old mother I never get to go see any of them…and they do come to visit but rarely. It’s probably a blessing for my children I’m far away…and why I need to work in wood…keeps me busy and out of their lives…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#11 posted 10-03-2009 07:13 AM

Great box. Love the woods and the large key/tray holder is inovative.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 10-03-2009 04:14 PM

Beautiful job, Barry. Thanks for the details.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#13 posted 10-03-2009 04:54 PM

thank you for posting this i like the top spline as they are also a lip for the tray i will be using this idea in my next set of boxes will speed up the process a lot
did you have aly issues making that big of a cut ?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#15 posted 10-04-2009 10:03 PM

Eddy, yes I did have issues….make certain you’ve got that box held down solid…I had a little wobble…that’s something I learned making this box…no wobble of any kind…clamp the work piece down so it can’t move at all.
A learning process is no good without mistakes…I made the mistakes…now you learn from them. I did.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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