Opposing Jewelry Boxes

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Project by Trev76 posted 01-29-2018 02:46 PM 2012 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently finished a pair of opposing jewelry boxes and wanted to share. Curly maple is my most favorite kind of wood of all, and black walnut is a close second. So it’s like Zen for me when I see projects that have the two of them together.

I used my CNC router to carve the little trays out of solid wood. If you turn the trays one way they sit down in the bottom of the box. Turn them the other way and they sit up on top where they can slide side to side. I also used the CNC router to do V-inlays on the lids.

Each box has a secret hidden compartment that I came up with on my own and I’ve never seen anyone else do before. I would love to show them off but I thought to myself “If I post a secret compartment on the internet for the whole world to see is it still a secret?” So too bad, you don’t get to see the secret compartments. But each one is big enough to hide 28 rounds of .308 ammunition or around $12,000 cash, and you don’t get to them by removing the trays and lifting some type of hidden panel out of the bottom of the box.

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 02:54 PM

Very Nice and Well Done Trev!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 03:09 PM

Awesome. I love hidden trays and spaces like that.

-- Justin

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 03:26 PM

Beautiful wood 8^)

I really like the trays, the center “bowl” is a nice touch and making the trays fit either the bottom or ride the top is a really cool feature.

Lemme guess, the stash area is in the base….

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 05:21 PM

What a great idea, those trays.

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 06:24 PM

I like the wood contrast and the design is spot on. The carved trays are a great extra feature as well.

I just want to know how you know that you can hide $12,000 in the secret hidey hole or 28 rounds of ammo…... Do these boxes come with filled with one option or the other?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 07:22 PM

A positive and a negative jewelry box, what an original iddea and beautifully done!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 01-29-2018 11:57 PM

“I just want to know how you know that you can hide $12,000 in the secret hidey hole or 28 rounds of ammo‚Ķ”

I needed a good way to describe the size of the compartments, so I stuff to them full of whatever was handy sitting around on my desk to see how much they would hold. Cash and ammo was all there was.

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#8 posted 01-30-2018 06:31 AM

Trev, nice to know you have 12k in the box. Of course if you are going to carve out trays, you can carve out a space in the two-layer bottom. I would suggest magnets in the bottoms of the trays and the top of the bottom as a way to lift it out of the box. Keep the mag. holes just beneath the surface of the bottom. The ones in the trays can show. A hole pattern that would cause you to slide the drawer to the middle with some magnet’s polarity that match and some that wouldn’t could mean you would need to match the tray the right way to lift the bottom clear.

Now, about your boxes…great work. The highlight is the trays. I am glad someone has found a great use for CNC machines. Since you are carving them out you could consider leaving the sides with a bit more rounding at the bottoms so you could remove things from the trays more easily. If you lengthen the box and kept the trays and the width the same, it would add the space and still let your trays function like you designed them in the box. If you leave a little finger room between the bottom trays or the top trays if you do them that way, it makes it easier to lift the trays out of the box.

I too love the look of curly maple and Black Walnut. The wood in your boxes is beautiful. I like your use of corner splines, especially the splines in your base corners. The ability to put them on the rails or in the bottom of the box is a good idea.

You might consider making your sides a bit wider and cutting the top of the box off and gluing your top onto the cut off section. I find that it helps keep the single board top from warping over time. It also lets you inset the hinges on both sides. This link will explain what I am talking about.

I like your design and techniques. These boxes are great. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 02-07-2018 02:52 PM

Wow, these boxes are inspired. Love the choice of material and finish!

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#10 posted 02-14-2018 10:05 PM

Trev, nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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