Jewelry Boxes for Granddaughters

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Project by RDW posted 12-14-2009 05:46 AM 3256 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have 3 granddaughters and after reading Andy’s tutorial on the “Art Box” I decided I’d like to make each of them a keepsake box for Christmas. Since I’m a consultant by profession I know the value of good advice and Andy’s tutorials were nothing short of outstanding. My sincere thanks to Andy. So here are my first two of 3 attempts. I tried to follow Andy’s advice to the exact detail including the brand number of the masking tape and buying a Forrest saw blade. One box is curly maple and cocobolo, the other is cherry and quilted maple. I learned a lot and will improve on the next one. Thanks again Andy. Lots of fun. ...hope the girls will enjoy the boxes.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 05:52 AM

Welcome to LJ. There is no doubt that the girls will enjoy them. All I can do is just look, and I’m enjoying them!!

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 05:52 AM

A great pair of good looking boxs Ron you did Andy proud.


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#3 posted 12-14-2009 05:53 AM

Wow, these are gorgeous and certainly unique. Well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 06:04 AM

Very nice work, welcome to Lj’s!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 06:07 AM

nice boxes

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 06:09 AM

Sweet boxes that are destined to become heirlooms…

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 06:48 AM

Wow these are awesome, it’s always a blast making things for the people you love. I bet you can’t wait to see the expression on there faces.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 07:03 AM

Beautiful work, thank you for sharing and welcome to LJs.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 11:36 AM

Beautiful Boxes, Ron!! That’s fantastic Wood you chose to use… Outstanding Work! Welcome to LJ’s, my Friend!!

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

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 01:14 PM

very nice – beautiful wood

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 01:18 PM

very nice, and from Grampa’s hands too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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

You really did a nice job on both of these boxes! I know they will be cherished for years to come.
I am impressed with your fit on both the lid and the medallion, thats the hardest part for me.
I look forward to seeing more of your work, thanks for sharing.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 12-14-2009 05:34 PM

Thanks Andy, you’re the expert on this box. Yes, the lid and the medallion are the hard parts, especially the medallion. I learned you just have to carefully work it a sliver at a time-then try the fit, sand, fit, sand, fit, sand, fit. The miter jig you described for cutting the box sides to length on the chop saw is brilliant. I built one and used it for these boxes plus I used it for your smaller boxes by using a spacer block on the jig. Thanks for all the instructions. I printed all of them and they are sitting on my table saw. You should be a technical writer for an engineering firm—good job.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#14 posted 12-14-2009 06:27 PM

Wow! Thanks for the ego boost.haha.
I just tried to write the blog like I would want to read it, clear and redundant on the finer points. I enjoy cooking and I like when a recipe tells you “how” to make something, not just listing the ingredients. I am sure I bored many readers to tears hammering home each point, but I was writing for all skill levels, and I wanted to be clear on each point. I followed the tutorial myself on my last box and went back and refined the blog as needed.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#15 posted 12-14-2009 10:43 PM

Beautiful boxes, Ron. I love the wood combinations you chose – they work very well together. And the craftsmanship is outstanding!

Your granddaughters should love and cherish these boxes for a lifetime. If not, perhaps it’s time to get new granddaughters!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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