Jewelry Box-1 of 5 series

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Project by itsmic posted 03-27-2011 11:41 PM 2987 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch “TO HEAR IT” here is a link to Youtube

Hi Everyone This is the first box of a series of 5, I cut all 5 box sides and then all fronts and backs at the same time, hence my series designation. This Jewelry box is for a present, can’t say who yet, it is a surprise! It is 6 by 9 by 4 1/2 and is another of the most ambitious boxes for me yet. The body of the tray is popular, with a rock maple floor. The body of the box is re-purposed hard wood, and since I am not an expert, or close to it, in identifying wood, it remains a mystery. The box has finger joints, 5/16th, with a raised veneered floor (a re-sawed rock maple veneer), a mitered lid, with a raised solid rock maple center, with a lip cut to fit into the body of the box. The tray is crafted with a solid rock maple floor, rabbits on the sides to hold the section boards, and a foam velvet covered ring holder, and jewelry sections. The musical movement is from Rockler, called “music box dancer” one of the inexpensive ones, they really can get expensive if you want to pay. Since the musical movement came with no cover, I made my own out of Plexiglas, lots to learn about that yet, this was just my second attempt. I used solid brass hinges, with a solid brass mortised stay, and solid brass ball feet. For the finish, I used a natural stain, then three coats of poly, doing each surface separately, to keep it level so that it makes for the best results. This box was challenging and very much fun to make. Thanks for looking, any suggestions or ideas of wood types are appreciated.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 12:26 AM

A beautiful and well done project. I also liked the video on YouTube.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 01:48 AM

Very elegant, Mic. I love the details, and the knot in the top.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 02:06 AM

Well Done, very tasteful. Lots of details and you got ‘em all right!

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 02:17 AM

Sorry, can’t help you with the wood ID, but you did a great job with it Michael!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 06:21 AM




-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 07:29 AM

Another neat and tidy box Michael.
Love the lid.

Good week

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 07:46 AM

Very nice, Mic.


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#8 posted 03-28-2011 02:04 PM

Totally sweet box! You are becoming a great box maker. I truly favor the knot as an interest element and reminder that its made of gods wood and not a plastic injection molded product of chemistry. The video shows it off nicely. I’d love to see a tutorial on how you installed the mortise stay.
Thank you for sharing your work with us.

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 03:40 PM

DALE, CHARLIE, DALE 22, KIEFER, FERNANDO, LEITH, AND RATCHET—Thank you all for the very kind comments, they are very encouraging to me, and Thanks to everyone who took a look at my latest project.
@Ratchet-thank you for your interest, my methods are very old school meets prototype procedure, lack of jigs and expensive tools forces me to get inventive. Next mortise I will film and make sure I tell you. Thanks again for everyone’s interest.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 03-28-2011 04:50 PM

Looks very nice as usual, Mic! I too like the knot on the lid. It looks like an embedded gem stone of some sort. What are the rails that hold up the tray made from? They look like brass. Did you get that somewhere? How are they attached to the sides? I like those rails. I know it’s not all wood but I like the metal and wood. I think (like we discussed privately) a lot of recipients will like the metal work, as well as the gloss finish – which you do to perfection!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#11 posted 03-28-2011 06:30 PM

@Thanks Randy for your kind remarks, the rails are pure copper, polished and coated with clear lacquer. I picked up a bunch of them out of a dumpster, (with permission) from one of the stops I made, back when I was trucking, they where all wrapped in oily paper, and about 20 inches long, not sure what they where used for. I simple cut dadoes in each side board, prior to assemble, the same width as the copper, they are just slid into place, and can be removed easily. Yes, most of my work incorporates some medal, I would like to be able to afford some silver inlay or something in the future. Thanks again Randy, Your interest is appreciated Mic

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 02:51 AM

This looks awesome, I love the brass lid stop on the left side, nice touch!

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#13 posted 04-07-2011 04:07 AM

Another beautiful box Mic. Well done !. concerning wood species, It’s hard to tell, but It sort of resembles hickory to me.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#14 posted 04-07-2011 04:26 PM

@ Jordan-Thanks for Your kind comment, the stay is from Brusso, and was purchased through Lee Valley, they are an excellent vendor, and welcome to lj’s, it’s a great place to learn and share

@ Larry- Thank You for Your nice comments, they mean a great deal to me.

And thanks to everyone who looks and shares here on the site, I really feel a strong kinship to You All, Thank You

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 07:00 PM

Really nice. I wish I had that talent.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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