Jewelry box for my daughter

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Project by FreddieMac posted 04-17-2018 02:26 AM 894 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I have been working on for about three weeks. I wanted to try to build something for each of my children, three boys and a girl. I decided I wanted to build my daughter a jewelry box. She is 9. This box features a few things I have never done before including miter keys and developing a pattern design for the top. The box is made out of three pieces of red cedar. I search through all the lumber to find a dark piece, a light piece, and a swirl piece. I found three pretty nice pieces. I constructed the entire box from those three pieces and all the patterns were built over a week of cutting strips, piecing and gluing; then repeat. I came up with a neat pattern.

I sanded the box with 80, 120, 220 and 660 grit sandpaper. It is very smooth feeling to the touch. I tried Danish Oil for the first time and was very impressed with how it brought out the grain. Having used other finishes in the past, this stuff was much better than the stain, poly type finishes. I tested the danish oil on the work bench project and I have been impressed. I finished the box off with some antique bronze hinges and small latch from the hobby store. An you cannot forget the pink felt selected by my daughter.

Things I learned from this box.
1. Building a miter sled;
2. How to cut a good clean miter (had to do this a couple of times to get it how I wanted)
3. Building a good solid miter key jig
4. I needed a better blade than general purpose, I kept getting little nics on that soft cedar

I gave it to her tonight, I hope the keeps it with her for a life-time. Now to think of a projects for a three of teenage boys.

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#1 posted 04-17-2018 02:46 AM

I’m sure that she will treasure this for the rest of her life. Nice work!

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#2 posted 04-17-2018 09:02 PM

Very well done.

I m sure that she will treasure this for the rest of her life. Nice work!

- splinterpicker

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-18-2018 04:07 AM

Vet Nice Indeed Freddie & Well Done! She’ll Love It!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 03:40 PM

Good job.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#5 posted 02-11-2019 05:07 AM

it is a really interesting test

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