Jewel Box

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Project by greg48 posted 08-01-2016 06:00 PM 1072 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a last minute request from one of my fraternal buddies, wondering if I could find the time to build a replacement box for the set of officer jewels. The old box was from a set of Firmer chisels that someone had donated some time back (al least 25+ years ago) and the lid had broken along with the side channels. Simple enough request, and I had some leftover 3/4 red alder from the last project, which I machined down to 2/4 thickness.

I dimensioned the new box so that the medals/ribbons would hang full length instead of being folded and crumpled up as they had been. Thought of dovetailing the sides, then thought of box/finger joint, then settled on a simple tongue and groove joinery as I could set up all the dadoes and rabbets on a 1/4” x 1/4” layout, which simplified the project greatly.

Finished the box with Watco Tung oil and topcoat of paste wax. Finished dimensions are about 3”x5”x20”. Total cost: $0.00 for materials, 1 pt. sweat laboring in 105 degree shop, but it’s all good now.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 06:54 AM

Greg, Looks like you have developed a nice straightforward design. It was thoughtful of you to make the box longer to accommodate the length of the ribbons. You might consider some tips here on finish if you like. It involves a couple of more steps, but I think you’ll find its worth it. Keep posting and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 06:16 PM

Nice looking solution!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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