Wood-whisperer-inspired Jewelry Box

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Project by Ryan Sandler posted 08-28-2021 08:20 PM 1138 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A no-particular-occasion (because it took me too long to plan for any particular occasion) gift for my wife.

Based on this The Wood Whisperer design:, though I didn’t buy the actual plans. Which may have been a mistake—I didn’t buy them less because I didn’t want to spend the money (though $80 for a set of plans is pretty steep), and more because I wasn’t interested in having to go through the ~4.5 hours of video lessons. I figured, just give me the measurements, the 15 minute video is good enough, right? But now when I think of how many times I rewatched parts of that 15 minute video, trying to catch the couple of frames that showed the bits I wanted to see…well, lets just say I ought to have just shelled out for the plans. I ended up doing more things with hand-tools than Marc Spagnuolo though, most notable all the drawer dovetails.

Anyway, wood is sapele and curly maple. Finished with Zinsser amber shellac and satin spray lacquer. The shellac was theoretically supposed to be just for color and popping the wavy grain, but I had such a hard time getting a smooth coat that I kept sanding and recoating so many times, there was a pretty good coat before I even started on the lacquer. With the last shellac coat I finally learned I needed to dilute the shellac from the can if I wanted a hope of a smooth coat. I guess I know for next time.

A couple of firsts on this one—first use of Brusso hinges, or indeed any mortised hinge. First time doing flocking, which was pretty fun, and I think I’ll need to do more of.

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#1 posted 08-28-2021 11:17 PM

Doesn’t look to me at all, that lack of plans kept you from making a really great looking jewelry box. Nice work, fabulous use of Curly Maple.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-29-2021 01:49 AM

Lovely gift. Color contrast is great, curly maple is really eye catching.

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#3 posted 08-29-2021 03:57 AM

you nailed it like you though i just have rarely used someones plans.i did on the maloof rocker because i didn’t have 40 years too design one the woods used and your joinery is spot on.wife has too love it.

-- 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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#4 posted 08-29-2021 04:45 AM

Looks beautiful. You got it done perfectly. I’ve also checked his plans and they are priced real high. Doubt I buy any of them.

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#5 posted 08-29-2021 05:23 AM

Well your project came out great. I’m sure your wife loves it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 08-29-2021 10:40 AM

Great job!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 08-29-2021 01:07 PM

Great woods, great gift, great job!

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

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#8 posted 08-29-2021 01:23 PM

Nice work. The grain on the maple really sets off the piece.

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

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#9 posted 08-29-2021 03:08 PM

Nicley Done!

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#10 posted 08-31-2021 03:45 AM

Beautiful, great build and choice of woods…awesome….

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

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