Walnut Jewelry Box - Basic

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Project by hackery posted 11-16-2016 10:19 AM 1731 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I am still very new to woodworking and this piece is my first small project that sort of turned out as intended but very far removed from perfect.

My 3rd year wedding anniversary was coming up and according to some such nonsense the material for 3rd year wedding anniversary is leather… not keen on working with leather I decided to make the wife a jewelery box and line the drawers with leather sofa scraps I bought online.

I half built this project and then realized I had made a mistake and had to start over again and then half way through the second build my table saw literally blew up so that put me behind for more than a week whilst I tried to source a replacement in this ridiculous country (Northern Ireland).

There was a lot of glue ups and clamping what with having essentially 6 boxes inside a box… 4 drawers and 2 doors. Massive amount of sanding and resanding and went through a lot of masking tape during glue ups and finishing.

I decided to put the real leather drawer liners suede side up as I preferred the look and texture to the leather side.

I freely admit I hate sanding and finishing but I tried my best to exercise patient which I normally have none of.

No were near the level of skill involved in other people’s projects that are on here but for my first attempt at a small detailed project I was fairly happy with the outcome.

7mm thick pieces all milled from raw un-treated lumber, 27mm deep drawers, 20mm deep doors, 3 hangers on each door for necklaces and bracelets.

Around 40 hours believe it or not worth of work.



-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 12:02 PM

Looks great. Very thoughtful gift. What type of wood did you use?

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 01:57 PM

Nice jewelry box with a cool design. She will love it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-16-2016 05:29 PM

This is a very nice jewelry box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 11-16-2016 07:59 PM

Thanks guys appreciate the comments. Wood used was American Walnut.

-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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#5 posted 11-16-2016 09:18 PM

I like what you’ve done. This reminds me of a box (actually a whole product line) that I discovered in the Pacific NW last year (photo attached). I have been trying to find the time (and a recipient) for just this type box every since last year. Nice job by the way.

-- Whatever

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#6 posted 11-16-2016 11:26 PM

Thanks… I am glad my basic box reminds you of one that is clearly a lot fancier. Wish I had of saw that link as never thought to hinge the lid… that would have been so much better! I had actually considered doing inlay of maple as a nice contrast against the walnut similar to the way the inlay was done on the box in your link but I have never tried inlay before and was terrified of messing up the work I had already done so chickened out besides just about finished the build in time for today (wedding anniversary is the 16th of Nov). She liked it I think she doesn’t show her “positive” emotions well ha ha.

-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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