Apricot Jewelery Box

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Project by splintergroup posted 05-24-2021 01:59 PM 1397 views 8 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve learned that some people just love to collect small, shiny objects and then they need a place to store them. Ergo I have again pursued this need and made another box.

I made a earlier version with similar styling and it worked out well. Best thing in my mind is I again pre-finished the sections before assembly. This allowed for easy, flawless applications and no trying to sand or prep any surface in some impossible corner. My wrists, fingers, and other joints rejoice!

It all begins with the main box:
Apricot I salvaged from my tree, 1/2” thick, 2-1/2” wide, joined with a lock miter.

The outer dimensions are 10”x10”.
I cut a rabbet for the bottom panel and applied some amber shellac before assembly. The lower inside was masked as this area will be covered with a glued in border to support the trays.
At this point it was easy to smooth out the shellac with a 300 grit pad and apply a clear coat.

It’s a real pleasure to assemble and glue up a lock miter box, easy to clamp and easy to adjust everything for square.

I had planned on some tapered corner posts so these were next.

Not fully embracing the “keep it simple stupid” approach, I made these walnut posts to index into the corners of the box. This helps for glue surface area and allows me to cut away the sharp corner of the box in case there was any chipping, etc. (was all good this time 8^)

I’ve made these before, simple cuts with my trusty box miter blade set installed at 45 degrees (with ZCI)

They were cut while still square, a small tapering jig did the rest.

Same treatment, shellac followed with poly. A little bit of masking here to keep the finish off the to-be-glued surface.

The aerosol Minwhacks has a most-excellent nozzle. Absolutely perfect spray requiring no followup surfacing when the shellacked layer is smoothed.

The corners of the box was notched (masking tape applied to protect the finish).

The corner caps were cut a few thousandths over-length so I could get a perfect match to the box height later.

Glue and clamp with the caps and box held flush on a flat square of MDF.

The wedged shape cutoffs were perfect for use to get square clamp pressure (taped to protect the finish).

Sorry for the blurry shot, but this is how all this mess joins up:

I flushed up the caps and box on top and bottom with a 20” sanding disc stuck to a large flat piece of MDF.

The remaining parts of the box proceeded similarly, pre-finish, then apply.

The top frame was routed to follow the box contour.

Similar treatment for the base, thick felt feet installed into recesses so they are almost flush.

The lid is typical frame/panel. I used camphor burl for the panel, same shellac/poly finish before assembly of course. The frame had a rabbet for this panel so it could be installed after it was glued up.

The top trays are framed from 1/4” walnut with felt liners and a ring-rolll section. The lifts are made from 1/2” copper rod. Bottoms are some 1/8” oak plywood that was handy, stained to darken up a bit. The bottom section is lined with leather from the retired comfy chair.

Thanks for dropping in!

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#1 posted 05-24-2021 02:23 PM

Very nice. Your attention to detail really show up in the finished project. great looking.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 05-24-2021 02:24 PM

So beautiful and well done!

Wonderful choice of woods, well thought out…Fantastic construction…WOW!...

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 05-24-2021 02:45 PM

Wow wow wow!!!
Stunning. Beautiful woods and the walnut corner pieces are excellent.
Beautiful build and great illustrated blog.
Keep it up Bruce!

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#4 posted 05-24-2021 02:52 PM

Thanks guys!

Fortunately the shellac/poly contained the camphor “aroma”. Not many in the market for a box that smells like Vick’s Vapor Rub 8^)

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#5 posted 05-24-2021 03:22 PM

Splinter group,

Great box! I love boxes. Especially impressed with the trays and how the joints fit.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#6 posted 05-24-2021 03:27 PM

Very nice. Slick trick with the corner notches.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 05-24-2021 03:51 PM

Thanks for providing all the details on this build.

The box turned out awesome.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 05-24-2021 07:30 PM

WOW.Bruce. That is a beautifully detailed box.

cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 05-24-2021 07:31 PM

thats a winner splint love how you did your joinery and nice corner details.real nice with all the pic’s too.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 05-24-2021 07:34 PM

Wow! That is absolutely beautiful!

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#11 posted 05-24-2021 07:44 PM

Beautiful work. I really like the corner details and the trays on the inside.

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 05-24-2021 07:53 PM

Very nice, Splint! I have the trunk of an apricot back in MN that I should get a portion of one of these days. It was about 4 feet long by 18 inches diameter, so there’s hopefully a box or two in there.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 05-24-2021 08:06 PM

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

- rtbrmb

Thanks Bill, some times it’s just TMI, other times it’s way less than it could be 8^)

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#14 posted 05-24-2021 08:09 PM

Earl, thanks!

It all started when I had trouble closing my miters, easy enough to saw out the corners and install a square piece. Hide the miter gap, add an accent, loose some of the ridiculous pieces of scrap I keep. Make them wider and they function as a nice set of legs.

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#15 posted 05-24-2021 08:14 PM

Thanks Jim, Pottz and Jerry!

Sansoo, the trays have become a requirement, too many ideas in my head from Klaus’ boxes (kiefer). I’m still trying to find my style for the lifts (also due to Klaus 8^)

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