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Hickory and Walnut Jewelry Box

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Project by Horus posted 05-18-2019 06:38 PM 461 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a hickory and walnut jewelry box for my daughter Miranda for her 13th birthday (which was last week).
Outside dimensions of the box proper are 6”x10”x3.5”. Wall thickness is just under 3/8”.

This is the first time I’ve used hickory, and found it somewhat difficult to work – prone to burning easily and some chip-out issues; but, I was able to overcome most of those issues with smarter cutting and a lot of sanding.

One of the attributes I wanted in the box was to incorporate book-matched grain to present the “M” pattern in the hickory for the top. I think this came out about as well as my tool set would allow, the sanding of the band saw marks threw the match-up off a bit. (I know I need a better band saw and better re-saw blade.). All the hickory came from one 6’ 1×4. The walnut was salvaged from an old bed frame.

I lined the bottom half of the interior of the box with 5 individual pieces of felt, and used individual felt pieces to line the sections of the tray.

Given the delicate separators in the tray (1/8” thick) I butt glued them into place – I hope that holds up over time.

The stain is Minwax Wood Finish in Golden Pecan. I applied the stain and wiped back off within 2-3 minutes, to bring out the grain but not darken the box too much – two coats.

Making this box really emphasized my need to replace my table saw (ancient 9” Craftsman) and band saw (Ryobi with max resaw of 3-1/8”), and maybe most critical is getting an electric planer – thicknessing with a belt sander is dicey.

The hinge screws were longer than the thickness of the top and had to be cut down – I tried to find replacements; but no store near me carried #4 screws with heads that would countersink. Next time I’ll get hinges with a 95° stop.

Unfortunately, as the birthday approached I started to run out of time to work on the pieceand some adjustments I could have mad were not feasible. The next one will be a bit (a lot) cleaner. Overall, I’m happy with how this turned out, being the second small box I’ve built.

Feedback is welcome!





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drewpy

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#1 posted 05-18-2019 08:34 PM

Turned out great. Thank for sharing.

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#2 posted 05-18-2019 08:54 PM

VERY good looking box
Lucky Miranda !

-- 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 05-19-2019 01:18 AM

I think it turned out very well.

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#4 posted 05-19-2019 04:54 AM

It looks great. How did your Daughter like it? At 13 a lot of the gals start getting finicky, if she loved it, you done good.

100% agreement Hickory is not so user friendly. Yours looks like some well behaved stuff. Check some out sometime with the wilder look. I believe that yours may be Bitternut, by the looks of it. All of it is from the family Carya spp. of the family Juglandaceae, which is the walnut family. And Walnut is so nice to work too.

I am not a Hickory eggspurt, but have used it a number of times. I mostly have gotten shagbark, and pignut, and have had a time with both, but darned if it doesn’t look great when you manage to kick it’s buttocks, as you have done here.

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#5 posted 05-19-2019 04:09 PM


It looks great. How did your Daughter like it? At 13 a lot of the gals start getting finicky, if she loved it, you done good.

100% agreement Hickory is not so user friendly. Yours looks like some well behaved stuff. Check some out sometime with the wilder look. I believe that yours may be Bitternut, by the looks of it. All of it is from the family Carya spp. of the family Juglandaceae, which is the walnut family.
- therealSteveN

The shrink wrap on the board was labeled “hickory”, so I’ll assume that’s what it is – again, my first time working this wood…

My daughter says she likes it, it’s hard to judge the true feelings of 13 yo girls, they’re surley at the best of times

Thanks all for the kind words.

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