Jewelry Box for Mom

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Project by jpw1995 posted 08-31-2007 05:14 AM 3032 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this as a Mother’s Day gift for my mom this year. I found the plan in an old issue of WOOD Magazine. Most of the box is mahogany, but the frame of the base is birds eye maple. The inside rails and the handle are regular maple. The handle was one of the first things I cut with my Rigid bandsaw. The finish is Danish oil and laquer hand rubbed to a nice sheen. My favorite part of this project is the maple splines at the corners. I made a spline jig very similar to Don's spline jig and trimmed them with a flush cutting saw using a playing card as a spacer to keep from damaging the mahogany. It only took a few minutes to sand them flush at that point. My mother loves the small sliding box inside as well as the false bottom where she can hide her “good stuff”. This was my first attempt at a small box, and I think I may be hooked. I can’t wait to try another one.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#1 posted 08-31-2007 05:32 AM

good looking box. I like the false bottom. How is it attached?

-- bryano

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#2 posted 08-31-2007 06:34 AM

nice work here, very hansome looking, an I also like the false bottom

-- Jeff B.

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 07:10 AM

We had the same idea this past Mother’s Day. I made a couple boxes for my wife and Mom. I like how the maple compliments the mahogany in a subtle way. Not bad for a guy from Louisville. . Go Cats! I did like Pitino before he defected. :)

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#4 posted 08-31-2007 10:13 AM

JP – this is beautiful! Who can blame me for just loving small wooden boxes?

Great start, my friend, can’t wait to see more of your small box work.


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 08-31-2007 12:41 PM

yah, how DOES the bottom attach?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 08-31-2007 01:34 PM

really nice work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 08-31-2007 02:28 PM

The bottom doesn’t attach. There is a rabbit cut around the bottom outside edge that fits snugly down into the tray/base. All you have to do is lift up the box and the bottom stays behind.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#8 posted 08-31-2007 04:31 PM

Simple but elegant design. I love it!

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

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#9 posted 09-01-2007 02:57 AM

Nice work JP! Not too bad for your first time around the box block. Keep up the good work.

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#10 posted 09-01-2007 06:14 AM

Very nice.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 09-04-2007 01:03 AM

beautiful! – I plan on stealing your work! (best compliment I can give you my friend!)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#12 posted 09-04-2007 01:27 AM

Thanks, Schroeder. If you need any info you can find it in WOOD Magazine issue number 157 (September 2004).

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#13 posted 09-05-2007 01:59 AM

nice looking box. i haven’t had the oppurtuniy to work with mahogany yet, but hope to make some more boxes myself. i love the color.a real eye catcher. my intro to box making was making a burial urn for my dad. my mom liked it so much that she had asked me to make her one as well. little did i know that she would be using it 13 months after i made it. a sad intro to box making, but it got my interest.

keep at it, you’ve definitely got talent!!

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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#14 posted 09-05-2007 03:16 AM

great project. looks like quartersawn honduran mahogany. a real gem ! handle is shaped very nice

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 09-05-2007 03:26 AM

Great design plus terrific craftsmanship JP. It really is a beauty. Thanks for posting.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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