Jewelry Box

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Project by johnnymo posted 10-28-2011 10:55 PM 3523 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had enough left over maple and african mahogany to make this jewelry box for my daughters 20th birthday. Needless to say she loved it! I was disappointed that my local woodcraft store didn’t keep ball/bar chain sets in stock. I ended up getting those and the mirror through Lee Valley and bought the hinges and knobs at woodcraft.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 10:59 PM

Nice, is there any finish on it? Sharp looking box. I have found that jewelry boxes make great gifts, well done.

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 11:50 PM

Nice looking box !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 10-29-2011 12:03 AM

Hey ShaneA, I used three coats of general finishes water based top coat (semi-gloss).

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#4 posted 10-29-2011 12:29 AM

Looks nice! I just got a new grizz 14” bandsaw in and am having a blast making bandsaw boxes for Christmas gifts.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 05:37 AM

looks good man

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#6 posted 10-29-2011 06:09 AM

Nice job John.
That came out really cool looking.

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#7 posted 10-29-2011 06:54 AM

Looks very good, nice job.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 10-29-2011 04:25 PM

Sharp looking Jewerly Box, Clean, Very Clean, this piece all fits together very well, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 10-29-2011 04:33 PM

wow that looks cool i like the style it looks from the pictures like the drawer have runners they slide on
is this built off a plan ?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 08:39 PM

Hi Eddy,
No plans for this one. I looked at a lot of photos online to get an idea then went for it. During the project I did tweet “Mental note: draw up plan before starting a project!” It took longer than expected and I had a couple of mishaps because of having no plan. It also took longer than expected because during the build I was cutting a 45 degree angle on the tablesaw and the board rode up the blade and turned the tip of my finger into hamburger meat before shooting back and hitting me. Not to mention breaking it as well. It’s been 8 weeks since the incident and my finger is still in a splint. I’m glad to report that the tip healed up nicely. Just waiting for the break to completely heal. It’s still a little swollen.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#11 posted 11-01-2011 05:14 PM

Hey John – nice box! I like the modern design. Your daughter should enjoy it.

Sorry to hear about your finger. I hope it heals completely. That sounds scary!

Did you flock the bottom of the drawers or is that a solid piece of felt? I’ve tried both and get better results with the flocking but I like the feel of the felt pieces better.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#12 posted 11-01-2011 07:09 PM

Hey Randy,

I used the felt sheets you could buy at Micheals craft store that are self adhesive. Just peel and stick. They work pretty good.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#13 posted 11-09-2011 09:26 AM

I like the design and the looks.
I’m gonna build one too in the future.
Another one at my fav-list.

-- Bas, Holland

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#14 posted 11-09-2011 01:30 PM

Hi John,
Very nice box. Love the clean lines and contrasting woods.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 01-12-2012 10:17 AM

Nice box John mate. Contrasts are lovely.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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