Jewlery Box

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Project by David posted 12-29-2009 04:33 AM 2449 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany and oak. Style courtesy of andy “art box” from oregon.

I have a lot of problems making boxes. Not sure why….perhaps the lack of patience on smaller detail projects. Either way, I struggled on this one. I tried hinges but failed. The screws kept breaking despite pre-drilling. In the end I chopped off another inch and went with a lift-top lip. Guess its a bit of a cop-out, but i was time crunched for the holidays.

This was sanded to 200 grit, followed by 3 layers of wiping varnish follwed by 2 coats of paste wax. I believe that extensive hand polishing with a clean rug after every coat greatly enhances to the beautuy and quality of the finish – thus further impriving the look and feel of the wood.

Thanks for looking.

Happy 2010.

-- dcutter

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 04:41 AM

Looks great , I like the inlays on the top. Very smooth looking finish also. I like you design you put on it.

I cant seem to get the hinges on straight either.

Very good build David.

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

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 04:49 AM

Looks great to me! What do you use for a finish?

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 05:27 AM

Fantastic box. Love the wavey panels along with the inlays. They go real good together. Nice job on the dividers and tray. Great choice of woods.

Sometimes the smallest things can be the most agrevating. Started to do hinges on my last box and just settled for magnets in the corners. Keep at it. Practice is the only thing that helps in the end.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 05:54 AM

This is a great looking box. You should be proud.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 06:41 AM

That’s a fine piece of work. It looks to me like you have plenty of patience for detail work.

The finish is really nice as well.

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 08:12 AM

Great job, i love it.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 03:40 PM

Very nice box. I think the perportions look good and the finish is very nice.

On the screws… Tapping the correct hole is very important. I think the best way to do this is to tap a piece of scrap wood first and test the fit just to make sure you have the right size drill bit. Also, it really helps if you put a little wax on the screws first. They will go in with much less effort. One more thing – NEVER use a power drill to drive them in. I would get in a hurry and try to cut corners by using my power drill to start the screw but (as I learned the hard way) it only takes a few minutes more to use a hand screwdriver and get the control you need.

Hope this helps.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 07:25 PM

nice box

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

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#10 posted 12-30-2009 09:04 PM

looks great – hate that tiny hardware – i am now comfortable using a larger bit than i would like – rrlumber has it right – do a test on scrap of the same wood – if you force even a little – snap!!

-- -erik & christy-

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 01:17 AM

I like your freeform style and inlay!
I hate putting hardware on, its the part I stress over the most.
This looks like it came out well though, good job.

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

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