Couple of Jewelry boxes. My first ones.

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Project by Dan posted 09-10-2010 09:03 PM 1831 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, these two boxes were my first attempts at a Jewelry box. I didn’t follow any plans, I just went off the picture I had in my head.

The first box is made out of 3 different woods and has 3 separate parts. The bottom part is done with Mahogany sides which are dovetailed and has a cherry bottom. The top part of the box, which is designed to fit right on top of the bottom box is made from Mahogany and Basswood. The idea of the box was to have the main box acting as a lid to a secrete or hidden box. With the top box attached one would have no idea that there was another section built into the bottom part. However it didn’t turn out as well as I had hopped so I plan on re-doing this idea and hopefully making the 2nd attempt much better.

The box to the right is all Cherry and Mahogany. This is just a one piece box with no hidden parts or take out trays. Features same dovetail design.

All dovetails were cut using my Leigh Dovetail Jig. I think I have used this jig in all of my projects and will continue to find use for it anywhere I can. I just love the look of the through dovetail joints, especially on these smaller boxes. I do enjoy using my router and jig for all my dovetail work but a lot of the work in these boxes were done by hand. The Mahogany was resawn from larger blocks and then jointed and planed by hand. The chamfers and rounded edges both inside and outside of the boxes were all done with hand plain, wood file and sand paper. Biggest lesson I learned was SAND the inside parts before I glue them in. It took me hours with a little sanding stick to do the first box. Both were finished with a few coats of Tung Oil and wax.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 09:14 PM

looking good – box making is very cool

-- -erik & christy-

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 05:43 PM

Nice job, interesting design, hidden compartments are always real cool. Yes, on the sanding, I think sanding has got to be one of the biggest considerations on any project, the more and better it is done, the nicer the project turns out, good work, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 06:38 PM

I think sanding is very over looked until it is to late. I was well aware I would need to sand everything as I always sand my projects really well, however my first goal was getting everything together and finished and sanding last as I usually do. Not anymore. Even with a detail sander and small sanding blocks I have learned that anytime I build something small like this or something that has areas that will be hard to get to I will make sure to give at least a little sanding before assembly. Thanks for comments

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 05:57 AM

I think you did a great job. They look good to me.

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

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 06:47 AM

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