Jewelry Box

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Project by stretchBrian posted 02-14-2018 12:49 AM 1710 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box was made for my wife as a Christmas present.


I re-sawed the walnut for this project from a single board, edge joined it and made the grain continuous around the miters. The splines are made of shop made out Wenge. The back of the case is made from 1/8” Baltic Birch plywood with Walnut veneer on it. The finish is Livos oil.

Veneering trouble

This is the first time I veneered anything I was concerned that a solid piece of walnut wood (the back of the box) would stress the miters over time with expansion and contraction. When I glued the veneer I was following the techniques I read on the web and was planning to apply a coat of glue and let it dry then “iron” it to the Baltic Birch plywood. When I put the glue on the veneer it curled up so much that I changed my plan right at that moment and just affixed it to the plywood and put a piece of MDF over it and weighted it down with anything I could find in my shop. It turned very well but was a close call. Could have been a first world disaster but worked out great.


The drawer faces are made of Curly Maple that I re-sawed from the rejected blank of a local baseball bat making company. I used a light touch of dye mixed in denatured alcohol to pop the grain a bit, finished with Livos Oil.

The drawer pulls are shop made out of Wenge, I used a toothpick as a dowel to more securely attach them to the drawer fronts.

The sides of the drawers are made from 1/4” maple and the bottoms 1/8” Baltic birch plywood.

The fabric i used is Ultrasuede and the dividers are 1/4” Oak


Maple that i cut on the band saw into a pleasing shape that holds the box up, it is a friction fit ,they are 2 independent pieces joined by 3/8”” dowel also oil finished.

-- Brian

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 02:02 AM

Very Nice Brian. Thanks for the well broken down details! Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 02-14-2018 03:30 AM

Brian, the curling of the veneer is normal when doing the iron technique. Put the yellow glue on both the veneer and substrate, let dry and then iron. Using the press like you did is just another approach.

The splines and handles are a nice touch.

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#3 posted 02-14-2018 03:41 AM

Hi Steve,

Maybe “curl” was understating the problem…. it was going tubular, I can’t see how I could have uncurled it to iron it without it breaking…. Or it would have perhaps glued itself into a tube :-)

If I had had any idea it was going to happen perhaps I could have pinned down the edges before applying the glue?

-- Brian

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#4 posted 02-14-2018 11:05 AM

Beautiful. Added to my favorites and planning to replicate your design with some of my wood.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#5 posted 02-14-2018 03:01 PM

Looks real good. Thanks for the details.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 02-14-2018 03:51 PM

Great looking project.


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#7 posted 02-14-2018 10:51 PM

Great looking jewelry box—I like the contrast between the curved legs and the rectilinear box!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 02-14-2018 11:25 PM

This ended up good, the glue makes it pliable to unroll.

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 02:29 AM

Thanks Steve :-)

-- Brian

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 05:45 AM

So beautiful -I like those curved legs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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