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Jewelry Box (Ambrosia Maple/Walnut/Rainbow Poplar)

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Project by nashvillenative posted 06-22-2021 08:16 PM 755 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a half mortise lock and decided to build a jewelry box around it.

The box:

I originally intended for this box to have half-blind dovetails as the corner joinery but after cutting them on the jig they didn’t look right, so I scrapped the ends and decided to go with a simple 1/2” box joint. The bottom is the quintessential piece of rainbow poplar. Just about every color is present. Was really happy with how that turned out.

The lock:

Was a MAJOR PITA, didn’t realize that half mortise locks are TWICE as complicated as FULL mortise locks. I had to my bit brace and a auger bit to hog out a majority of the MULTIPLE depths of cuts and “cleaned” it up with my chisels. It didnt have to be super pretty because I was covering it up with a rainbow poplar liner. After getting it installed, I can honestly say, it was satisfying to feel the “click” of the key turn.

Next time i decide on this type of lock I will definitely use templates to route the mortise before assembling the box. But with the design that was impossible for this build since I had already assembled the box and cut the lid. Learning moment for sure.

The lid:

As you can tell the lid has grain going in two different directions. In retrospect, it was a bad idea in terms of sanding ease, but am pleased at the aesthetic it provided. I couldnt decide if i wanted to put a mirror in but that decision was made for me when I realized it wouldn’t fit after adding the liner. I’m okay with that decision.

The liner:

The liner is poplar and the trays are ambrosia and poplar lined with self adhesive felt liners with a 1/4” plywood bottoms. I also used the same felt to cover up the plywood underneath.

The finish:

3 coats of Arm-R-Seal semi and a coat of renaissance wax for a subtle shine.

The wife loves the jewelry box and i have to say that I am pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!

Dimensions: 14” W x 9” D x 5” T
Materials: Ambrosia Maple/Walnut/Rainbow Poplar
Finish: General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Semi Gloss, Renaissance Wax
Tools: Table Saw, Bandsaw, Router, Planer, Drum Sander
Time to Build: 2 Weeks

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"





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awsum55

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#1 posted 06-22-2021 08:45 PM

Very nice jewelry box and that wood is exceptional looking.

-- John D, OP, KS

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woodbutcherbynight

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#2 posted 06-22-2021 09:35 PM

Beautiful work!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 06-22-2021 10:06 PM

Beautiful ! Very interesting to look at . . .Nice work. . .

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

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 06-22-2021 10:22 PM

Nice work.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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ChokingonSawdust15

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#5 posted 06-22-2021 10:41 PM

Add some Spanish Cedar to the interior and that would make a beautiful humidor!

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MrWolfe

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#6 posted 06-22-2021 10:41 PM

Nice choice of wood for a great box. That rainbow poplar is very attractive. I’ve found one or two boards like that before but had to dig through the stacks. Great build and it looks fantastic.

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Brodan

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#7 posted 06-22-2021 11:33 PM

Great job. Beautiful jewelry box. Love the ambrosia Maple.

-- Dan, TN

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nashvillenative

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#8 posted 06-23-2021 01:43 AM



Nice choice of wood for a great box. That rainbow poplar is very attractive. I ve found one or two boards like that before but had to dig through the stacks. Great build and it looks fantastic.

- MrWolfe

I got all of this for $100, it’s finally dried so now I’m putting it to use! Thanks!

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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Calmudgeon

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#9 posted 06-23-2021 12:50 PM

Lovely box.
One small concern: having grain running in both directions on the lid could potentially cause a problem with wood movement somewhere down the line.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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nashvillenative

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#10 posted 06-23-2021 01:55 PM



One small concern: having grain running in both directions on the lid could potentially cause a problem with wood movement somewhere down the line.

- Calmudgeon

Thanks!

Yeah, I thought about that, conveniently AFTER I glued it up. Wood movement sucks, but one of the evils we deal with. I’m sure I’ll see it every day and think about every little thing I did wrong that I one else will ever notice and eventually build a new one for her.

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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BurlyBob

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#11 posted 06-23-2021 04:53 PM

Fantastic!

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Peteybadboy

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#12 posted 06-23-2021 09:48 PM

how did I miss this? Beautiful

-- Petey

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 06-24-2021 12:35 PM

golly, the lumber selection is fantastic and the build is darn nice too !

-- 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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OzarkSawdust

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#14 posted 06-24-2021 12:45 PM

Beautiful box!!

-- Gary - ozarksawdust.com

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