Jewelry box

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Project by moshel posted 12-04-2011 03:26 AM 1955 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a jewelry box i made for my daughter. its a pretty simple construction.
two choices were hers:
1. the foam (she also cut it)
2. the finish – she wanted wet looking shiny finish

the timbers are:
box – Rimu
lid – black walnut
tray, hinges and separators – purple heart

finished with shellac

this is the first time i am making wooden hinges, so they are not as professional looking as they could be, i guess.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 03:31 AM

a treasure for her

and working with her dad
gives it special meaning

very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 03:42 AM

Wooden hinges are a royal challenge, I know. It looks good. I like the use of the purpleheart.

-- Have saw, Will travel

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 05:19 AM

Nice, Moshe, but now you will be required to fill it…..(;)
What did you use for the pins for the wooden hinges?

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 05:55 AM

she has enough trinkets to fill a pirate box….
the pins are just chromed panel nails. the bore in the middle part is 0.5mm wider and the nail slides in with friction

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 11:44 AM

Heckava nice box

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 04:11 PM

Great work love the wood color.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-04-2011 04:13 PM

Love those wooden hinges! Great job!

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#8 posted 12-04-2011 06:40 PM

A project from the heart, shared, and I believe will be cherished by her. Until you build her a treasure chest? I am interested in details about how you made the hinges if you’d like to share? My guess is they took as long to make as the rest of the box?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 12-05-2011 08:12 AM

Cau, i had re-made the hinges 3 times…. yes they did take longer than the rest of the box. basically, you take two pieces of thin timber (6-8mm thick worked best for me – you don’t want it too thin as you need to drill through it). you double tape them together, mark 1/3 and 2/3 and saw to about 1mm over the thickness. remove the double tape, one one piece chisel out the middle on the other saw the ends. mark the thickness on the side of the part that has the middle removes so you have a little square on the side. mark the middle of this square and mark it with awl. this will help position the drill. “assemble” the hinge (make sure you leave 1mm clearance!) and double tape it to something reasonably wide but not as thick as the hinge (its for drilling and you don’t want the support to get in the way of the drill). drill in a drill press, making sure you drill exactly where you marked. re-drill with a slightly bigger drill the middle part, round the edges with a file and hope for the best!
you can probably do the rounding with router if you use a wide piece to begin with and select the thickness appropriately (which i did not). it will look much more professional if rounded with router, i am sure.
there are some other methods of doing this, some require jigs or more complex cuts but have better clearance and can open 180 degrees. i have some memory of seeing one on LJ

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#10 posted 12-05-2011 10:20 PM

Very nice work. The hinges look great!

Never heard of Rimu before – it looks lovely. Is it hard to work?

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#11 posted 12-05-2011 10:52 PM

Rimu is a a native here in NZ. AKA as podocarp (sounds like a carp with legs).
it is very hard to find “new” rimu as it is forbidden to cut them down, so most of the supply if from recycled timber.
its easy to get it to a very nice smooth finish but the heart rimu has very high content of resin so it clogs sandpaper and stick to blades and burn easily. also splinter very easily, so nails are not a good idea.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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