Dovetailed Jewelry Boxes

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-19-2018 09:34 PM 1320 views 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an order to make a small dovetailed jewelry box similar to the one the customer bought in Germany many years ago. This is what I came up with but it is a little bigger than the sample. My dovetail cutters are all 1/2” and the sample had 1/4” dovetails. He wanted a walnut one and while I was at it, I made another one out of the block of red box elder sitting on my bench. The blocks were square to begin with and I turned a spigot on the top and bottom and then separated the top from the bottom. I turned a shallow circular cut on each part for a reference point to center when I cut the dovetails in the mill. Once they slid together , I put them back in the lathe and cut them round with the top attached to the bottom.One is walnut and one is female box elder. They are 3 1/2” x 1 3/8” high and finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed. There is a red felt bottom in Box elder box and green felt one in the walnut box.

cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 09:52 PM

very interesting,Jim
it is not for me,must be smart to open …

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 10:15 PM

Lovely Jim. You are really churning out the projects at the moment. You are a machine!
Have a great Christmas mate.

Best wishes Dave

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#3 posted 12-19-2018 10:17 PM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 10:50 PM

neat project Jim

-- 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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#5 posted 12-19-2018 10:55 PM

Those look great. Love it. Great job buddy

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#6 posted 12-19-2018 11:05 PM


Creating the dovetail first then turning it round is something I would have never thought of!

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

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#7 posted 12-19-2018 11:23 PM

Jim, those are great!!! Would make a great engagement ring box, I think they’d sell like hotcakes this time of year :) Checked in on your latest projects and you have been busy – all are very, very nice. I’m sure the person who ordered this box from you will be very happy with the result!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 12-19-2018 11:32 PM

Nice work Jim & the dovetail effect is brilliant.

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

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#9 posted 12-19-2018 11:40 PM

Great job! And the best part is that you don’t have to supply the jewelry to fill them. LOL Those would have been popular when I worked in a jewelry store – always had customers asking for better quality boxes. Thanks for sharing.

Merry Christmas!

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 12-19-2018 11:44 PM

Gorgeous work and very unique gets it a 3A+++!

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

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#11 posted 12-19-2018 11:52 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments. It was not my design but I was able to pull it off. I had to be careful of the order in which I did all the steps.

Hi Kim. My wife is in Az so I have the place to myself and lots of time to crank out projects. I have one last unique bowl that I hope to finish before my computer shuts down here for the winter .

cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 12-20-2018 12:38 AM

Very interesting with the dovetail ways. I’m guesssing there’s 3 dovetails?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 12-20-2018 01:35 AM

Well these are just really clever and beautiful and exhibit a very high level of skill and craftsmanship. Well done!

-- 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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#14 posted 12-20-2018 02:04 AM

Those are cool

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#15 posted 12-20-2018 03:38 AM

Wow Jim, haven’t seen this style before, quite unique & look tricky to pull of just right.
Thought it must be about time for you “pack the bags” n clear out for the winter :)
cheers & merry Xmas Bud to ypou & Carol

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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