Woodsmith Contoured Jewelry box for my daughter

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Project by Boghog posted 12-31-2016 06:58 PM 2996 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a jewelry box that I gave to my little girl.

Yes, this is my take on the Woodsmith’s contour jewelry box, and since I am pretty new to this stuff, i didn’t change much.

I used mahogany for the lid and bottom box, walnut splines on the contoured corners, and I used maple veneer on the lid insert. Also, there is a decorative inlay on the lid that I got from Rockler, I believe.

The humorous story of this box is that it took me almost 3 years to make. Primarily, I was scared to work on it because there were a few techniques that I hadn’t done before: inlays, veneer, splines… just to name a couple. So learned an absolute ton from this project. I was so scared to make a mistake, but I eventually finished strong. This gives me a bit more courage going forward to try new things.

For finish, I used a mix of clear and amber shellac to get the color tone I wanted, I am not sure how effective it was ultimately, but I liked how it turned out. I used velvet lining on the inside that contrasts well to the brass piano hinge and lid chain. I installed a “you are my sunshine” music box on a small pedestal inside the box to manage the height of the music box key in relation to the bottom.

Of course, my little girl thinks it’s perfect, but as it’s my first box, obviously the flaws are clear to me, but hey… it’s about the journey, not the destination.



-- Justin Young, Kentucky

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 07:09 PM

Nicely done!

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 07:15 PM

Much appreciated…

-- Justin Young, Kentucky

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 07:27 PM

I totally agree that’s a real nice box.

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 07:33 PM

Thanks… that means a great deal.

-- Justin Young, Kentucky

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 02:57 AM

very nice you did great

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 03:30 PM

very nice looks great

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 03:31 PM

Nice job Justin. Thanks for posting! This will end up being one of your little girl’s most prized possessions.


-- MAO (Indiana)

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#8 posted 01-01-2017 05:21 PM

Thanks everyone for the support and feedback.

-- Justin Young, Kentucky

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#9 posted 01-01-2017 07:49 PM

1st class all the way. Lovely.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 01-04-2017 07:00 AM

I’ve built several of these Boxes from Woodsmith. The last few I build from memory and only glanced at the instructions. I found that was not a wise decision and am now trying to fix a rather big mistake.

I used flocking for the bottoms and went with two 1.5 inch hinges in lieue of the continuous hing.

I found the mitered corners tricky so I made a jig. Turns out my jig is a 44 degree miter instead of 45 so yeah, there’s that I had to deal with. My wife said they look fine but to me, all’s I see is an abstract Picasso.

Your boxes turned out really nice.

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#11 posted 01-04-2017 01:57 PM

@Roger, thanks for the kind words…

@Mark76wa, My biggest learning during this was I couldn’t rely on my current setup, including my stock miter gauge, to make accurate cuts @90 or 45 degrees.

So, Santa brought me a new incra miter gauge and a rockler miter jig for xmas…. very delighted

outside of that, next time i will protect my work piece from blow out a bit more attentively…

all else wasn’t too shabby….

oh, and for father’s day i want an HVLP spray solution so i can improve my finishing technique…

-- Justin Young, Kentucky

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