Pistachio Jewelry Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-22-2018 08:45 PM 1787 views 3 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

#1 granddaughter asked me if I could make her a little box for her earrings…so this is what I made for her.
It is 5” x 6” x 3 3/8” high and made from female pistachio. It has red leather bottom, a pull out tray with grip slots on the inside of the sides, an integral hinge with hidden pins and a brass closure pin in the front. I put in wider splines than usual and they act as tray supports on the inside.

The last shot is the board from the pistachio tree I bought last winter and had it sawed into boards about this size. The tree is about 70 years old and I found it was full of cracks when we opened it up so I had to be careful where to pick any good wood from. This is some of the hardest wood I work with.

It is finished with Danish Oil and then buffed with Tripoli, White Diamond and Carnuba wax.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-22-2018 09:02 PM

great job,beautiful wood
you have a big heart,Jim

-- bambi

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#2 posted 08-22-2018 09:16 PM

Jim, that is absolutely georgeous.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 08-22-2018 09:18 PM

Jim, that is absolutely gorgeous.

- recycle1943


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#4 posted 08-22-2018 09:43 PM

One darn Purity little box! Grangirl # 2 of 3 pointed out a Purple Heart board in the workshop the other day and mentioned it would make a real nice box.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 08-22-2018 09:43 PM

Great job on the jewelry box, your a good grandpa. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#6 posted 08-22-2018 09:43 PM

That is some pretty grain!

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#7 posted 08-22-2018 09:59 PM

Jim, that’s a beautiful box! I really like the way you did the hinge. How is the back pieced shaped and is it connected to the lid or is the lid all one piece? Also like the pin in the front, adds closure to the box, very nice touch. The wood is beautiful – very nice find – and everything from the oversized splines for support to the tray are all very nice!!!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 08-22-2018 10:07 PM

Gorgeous! I really like the hinges. Neat idea with the splines doubling as supports, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 08-22-2018 10:28 PM

Nice job Jim and great wood selection.

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

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#10 posted 08-22-2018 10:55 PM

Beautiful box, the red leather lining and turquoise inlay add just the right touches to make it extra special. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 08-22-2018 11:05 PM

Gorgeous and meaningful. As always, amazing work!

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#12 posted 08-22-2018 11:57 PM

Really beautiful, I really like what you did on the inside too.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 08-23-2018 12:28 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope she likes it. it is bigger than what she wanted.

Hi Kim, this must be the week for boxes- there are 4 on the one page of projects. You sure made a home run with the one you did!

For this hinge on the back, I notched the box back 1/2” down and about 2/3 the width. Then I drilled in two holes in the sides of that slot for the hinge pins to go into.To do this, I make special drills that drill blind holes inside of the notch and no holes are showing on the outside. This one is 1/2 (I also have a 3/8 that I used on my pegs and jokers box but that got the wall pretty thin). I spot those holes back into a 1/2” square piece with a special pointed pin and then sanded round on the back side and I glued that piece onto the top and that hangs down in back for the integral hinge.

Here is the drill I used and it is driven with a cut off end of a Bondhus allen wrench that has a ball end on it and will drive at an angle:

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 08-23-2018 12:45 AM

Man, you certainly know how to SPOIL your grandkids.
That is absolutely gorgeous. and the wood too.
I don’t think there is any doubt that she will love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 08-23-2018 12:53 AM

Hi Bob. I know but that is what grandparents are for. When they were little we spoiled them rotten and sent them home….................the work continues!!

cheers, my friend….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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