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Project by kdc68 posted 08-17-2019 11:37 AM 899 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut and Maple Jewelry Box Maple made from solid walnut, maple, and veneered maple panels.

Features dovetailed corner keys on main box and inner trays, and 1/8” brass pins that hinge the box.

Finished in lacquer and lined in ruby red velvet.

I’ve included photos of how I do the dovetailed keys.

It starts with the jig. This has an adjustable stop and removable zero clearance inserts to accommodate the type of bit used.


Once the slots are cut, the keys are made with the same bit. Adjust the height and use the fence to make the key size a friction fit in the slots. I use an oversize piece that gets cut down later.


I rip the piece down to a manageable size. I like to leave a portion of the flat to act as a handle for gluing and a surface for clamping. Once ripped, crosscut oversized. All the excess material will be removed later on.


Dry fit before assembly. Should be a snug fit


I like to use these cauls and clamps in the glue up stage, although the keys do fit snug into the slots without the clamps.


I trim off excess with a bandsaw, removing most of the waste. I like to use a block plane and adhesive backed sandpaper on a dead flat surface to flush them up

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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Ivan

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#1 posted 08-17-2019 12:02 PM

Walnut maple combination can’t turn bad….especialy with those dovetail splines.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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kdc68

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#2 posted 08-17-2019 12:04 PM



Walnut maple combination can t turn bad….especialy with those dovetail splines.

- Ivan

Thanks Ivan!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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drewpy

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#3 posted 08-17-2019 01:39 PM

Wonderfully done. Walnut and Maple are a classic match. Thanks for showing us.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 08-17-2019 02:10 PM

Looks like perfection! The contrast was brilliant idea with the DTs.

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kdc68

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#5 posted 08-17-2019 02:16 PM



Wonderfully done. Walnut and Maple are a classic match. Thanks for showing us.

- drewpy

Thank you Drew !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#6 posted 08-17-2019 02:16 PM



Looks like perfection! The contrast was brilliant idea with the DTs.

- splintergroup

Thank you!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Peteybadboy

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#7 posted 08-17-2019 02:49 PM

I need to put a “T” slot in my spline jigs, good idea. I also like the way you glue up the keys with the blocks. Better than my blue tape method! Overall a really nice box. Nice work!

-- Petey

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kdc68

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#8 posted 08-17-2019 02:58 PM



I need to put a “T” slot in my spline jigs, good idea. I also like the way you glue up the keys with the blocks. Better than my blue tape method! Overall a really nice box. Nice work!

- Peteybadboy

Thanks you!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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BurlyBob

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#9 posted 08-17-2019 05:34 PM

That’s a great looking wood combination and a very inventive process.

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kdc68

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#10 posted 08-17-2019 05:51 PM



That s a great looking wood combination and a very inventive process.

- BurlyBob

Thanks Bob!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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MrLaughingbrook

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#11 posted 08-17-2019 06:31 PM

Fantastic. Do you mind sharing how you drill and set the hinge pins? I’ve made some similar boxes and described my process on a prior project “six with clicks”. I’m still not overly happy with my method.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 08-17-2019 06:58 PM

kdc, that’s a mighty fine looking box and I love the dovetail key jig. I went back and looked at your blog on the jig from years ago. It’s cool. Something I feel like trying.

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

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kdc68

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#13 posted 08-17-2019 07:01 PM



kdc, that s a mighty fine looking box and I love the dovetail key jig. I went back and looked at your blog on the jig from years ago. It s cool. Something I feel like trying.

- doubleDD

Thanks Dave. I built a better mousetrap to do the keys now compared to that blog. They are fun to do and add to the look of the box

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#14 posted 08-17-2019 07:51 PM


Fantastic. Do you mind sharing how you drill and set the hinge pins? I’ve made some similar boxes and described my process on a prior project “six with clicks”. I’m still not overly happy with my method.

- MrLaughingbrook

You will need brass rod, two brass washers, and super glue. I buy 1/8” brass rod in 3’ lengths at the big box store. The brass washers are used to keep the lid centered left and right. The super glue secures the washers to the inside of the box and the pins to the box sides.

It starts with sizing the lid. I leave a 1/16” gap in the back and a 1/16” in the front. The gap on the sides is the thickness of the washer on each side. To help doing this I put in spacers blocks on the inside of the box to level the lid flush with the sides.

Once sized, I shim the lid into place. I use 1/16” shims front and back and the shims from my dado set on the sides. Be sure the lid does not move at all. If in doubt, use a couple clamps to hold it in place.

Next is drilling the holes. The box and lid are 1/2” material. So I want the holes 3/4” in from the back and 1/4” down from the top. Precise measurements needed so each hole is the same on both sides. And precise drilling is needed so for that I use the drill press to drill the holes. Stand the box on end and plumb it 90 deg to the drill press table. I drill holes deep enough so the pin will be about 1/2” into the lid.

Now you are ready to test fit the lid. I cut the brass rod extra long. You will need to pull the pins out with vise grips a couple times while you get the lid to fit and open and close. The brass is soft and will be easy to flush to the box later. Pound in the pins and open the lid. It will not open all the way and will need a roundover on the top edge. Kinda get a feel of how much a roundover is needed with the test fit. Pull out the pins and roundover the top edge of the lid. Refit and test again. The lid should open slightly past 90 deg when the right amount of clearance from the round over.

Now your ready to glue in the washers on the inside of the box directly over the holes. Then you are ready to glue the pins. Once the washers are set, pound in the pins and mark the outside edge. Pull out the pins, measure and mark 1/2” from the first mark. This area is where you liberally apply more super glue. Do one pin at a time. Pound in pins until the first mark is flush with the side. Allow to dry overnight.

Flush the pins to the box. I use a band saw to cut away the bulk and sandpaper on a block to finish the rest.

Hope I explained it well enough !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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SMP

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#15 posted 08-17-2019 09:38 PM

Looks great always love that wood combo contrast, the dovetails are a realy nice touch, and quite the setup for making.

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