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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-11-2021 04:06 PM 754 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a jewelery box since it’s been quite a while and I had a couple wormy boards that had been painted brown. Not sure why someone would do that but I planed them down and ended up with some 5/8” stock. At this point I have to say that when I make something I don’t have a sketch-up or even a hand drawing of what I want to do. Something in my head just tells me what to do. This time it worked out pretty well in that the scrap and cut offs turned into trays and glides.
The only definite thing was the top and it is a couple pieces of Koa that I had milled a few months ago and it told me it wanted to be a lid. You all know how that works, you just have to listen to your lumber.
If I were as smart as I thought I was I would have cut my stock to easier dimensions but as you will see, I missed the smart boat and caught the 16’ tender. So the box is 10 3/16” long x 6 3/16” wide and because of cutting the top off it ended up 5 15/16” high not counting the Koa lid insert.
I made two trays – bottom tray is 4 1/8” square x 1 1/8” high, top tray is 4 3/4” square x 1 1/8” high. The interesting thing about the tray’s is that the top tray sits above the inner box lip as this picture shows

and because the top has a recess as this picture shows

it allows the tray to sit without any obstruction. Now getting back to the missed the boat part, when I made the bottom I covered the inside with red felt, I should have used the brown leather that I have and yet another fauxpaux I failed to stain the outside of the bottom

I guess the good thing about the entire project is the fact that the wormy chestnut is so attractive that my mistakes may not even be noticed. So I beg of, please don’t tell anyone about them it would destroy whatever reputation I have left.
I forgot to mention the walnut pins in lieu of splines

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT day

-- 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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Woodchuckswife

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#1 posted 08-11-2021 04:26 PM

very nice.
Chuck

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 08-11-2021 04:27 PM

Very nice Dick, all looks great to me – I especially like the way the lid fits securely on the base lip & the top tray sets proud.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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987Ron

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#3 posted 08-11-2021 04:29 PM

Nice box, like the wood also.

-- Ron

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oldrivers

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#4 posted 08-11-2021 04:30 PM

Very nice. Where I’m from wormy Chestnut is a bout as scarce as hens teeth.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 08-11-2021 04:43 PM



very nice.
Chuck

- Woodchuckswife


Thanks Chuck


Very nice Dick, all looks great to me – I especially like the way the lid fits securely on the base lip & the top tray sets proud.

- Oldtool

Thanks Tom, I really got lucky cutting the lid off and fitting it – the top tray was an after thought – that happens when there’s no blueprint lol


Nice box, like the wood also.

- 987Ron

Thanks Ron – wormy has its own color not to be matched with any kind of stain


Very nice. Where I m from wormy Chestnut is a bout as scarce as hens teeth.

- oldrivers

Thanks – wormy is getting pretty scarce up here too. Any time I see it for sale I get it as long as I don’t have to mortgage the house to do it

-- 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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pottz

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#6 posted 08-11-2021 05:31 PM

nice box dick,love the look of that chestnut.

-- 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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splintergroup

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#7 posted 08-11-2021 05:46 PM

My wife accuses me of developing “chest nuts”, but I do say I’ve nothing against your chestnut!

Cool design with the raised tray and the red flocking looks fine IMO, never have any shame about this piece!

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 08-11-2021 06:46 PM



nice box dick,love the look of that chestnut.

- pottz


Thanks Potts – of all the lumbers I’ve worked with I think wormy chestnut is my favorite

My wife accuses me of developing “chest nuts”, but I do say I ve nothing against your chestnut!

Cool design with the raised tray and the red flocking looks fine IMO, never have any shame about this piece!

- splintergroup


Thanks splinter – I tried to make use of all of available space

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 08-11-2021 07:17 PM

Nice jewelry box, Dick.

Cheers, Jim

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

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Eric

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#10 posted 08-11-2021 08:46 PM

Nicely done, great figures in the wood.

-- Eric, building the dream

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 08-11-2021 08:49 PM



Nice jewelry box, Dick.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim -


Nicely done, great figures in the wood.

- Eric

Thanks Eric – wormy is in a class of it’s own

-- 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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#12 posted 08-11-2021 10:32 PM

Love the wood, and agree why would someone paint that brown? Nice box, looks like a reputation builder.

-- Think safe, be safe

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 08-11-2021 11:54 PM

Great looking box Dick. That sure has a lot of worm holes. I have a couple chunks of chestnut and there aren’t any holes-in it.

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

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crowie

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#14 posted 08-12-2021 12:56 AM

Dick, The wormy wood really adds a character to the jewellery box, the top is gorgeous timber; well done sir

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Dave Polaschek

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#15 posted 08-12-2021 02:24 AM

Looks like a nice box from here, Dick, even the red felt.

When I finish jury duty, I’ve got one last bookcase to build, then it’s onto drawer patrol, and I may just be making some wormy drawer fronts. Might have do do a few elm ones as a warm-up first, since it feels like forever since I’ve been in the shop doing anything but sweeping up.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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