Custom Jewelry Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by Kent Shepherd posted 12-23-2011 07:49 PM 2898 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box is a commission for a friend’s wife for Christmas.
Cherry sides with Figured Maple raised panel top. The inlay on the front consists of bronze and Bubinga with a maple strip between. Black velvet lining with custom made ring slots. The beading on the bottom was hand carved.
Hand-rubbed lacquer finish.



22 comments so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


16284 posts in 4776 days

#1 posted 12-23-2011 07:56 PM

Great design and details, Kent!

I have to say (and this is not a criticism at all) this box has more of a masculine feel to me. If the intended recipient does not like it, I’ll be happy to take it off her hands. :-)

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

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 3866 days

#2 posted 12-23-2011 08:01 PM

Very nice Kent. you created a great piece of work and your friends wife should be extremely happy.

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3844 days

#3 posted 12-23-2011 08:13 PM

Charlie, According to these pictures, I would agree with you—however, in person it actualy doesn’t look so masculine.
I wasn’t really happy with my photography, but he picked it up before I could retake the pictures.

I think you might have to fight to get this one. She’s small, but fiesty!


View SPalm's profile


5334 posts in 4439 days

#4 posted 12-23-2011 08:22 PM

Seriously nice Kent. I really like the looks of this one. Good job.

And a Merry Christmas to you Sir.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Woodenwizard's profile


1360 posts in 3600 days

#5 posted 12-23-2011 08:29 PM

Nicely Done! The inlay is a very nice touch.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10807 posts in 4610 days

#6 posted 12-23-2011 09:00 PM


Another Masterpiece!

Looks GREAT!

Merry Christmas!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

View kevinw's profile


199 posts in 4297 days

#7 posted 12-23-2011 09:16 PM

Nice looking. Would be interested in how you did the brass, bubinga and maple inlay. Very nice accent.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

View JoeyG's profile


1275 posts in 3183 days

#8 posted 12-23-2011 09:26 PM

That’s a great looking box Kent. I love that piece of cherry on the front, and the detail to the front edge of the lid. Nice job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

View degoose's profile


7263 posts in 3912 days

#9 posted 12-23-2011 09:34 PM

And internal splines too… wow

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

View dadefreese's profile


42 posts in 4579 days

#10 posted 12-23-2011 10:04 PM

Very nice. I like the quadrant hinges.

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3844 days

#11 posted 12-23-2011 10:49 PM

Kevin, That is actually easier than it looks. I used standard bronze bushings like those used in machinery. Brass or copper will work the same way. Tubing will work, but I think the walls might be thicker on bushings, although in some cases that could be better. I rough cut the length with a hacksaw. This doesnot have to be perfect. The bottom doesn’t show and the top is sanded off later. Using a plug cutter the size of the hole in the bushing, I made a plug the length of the bushing. This is simply epoxied into the inside of the bushing. Drill a hole with a fortsner bit a little more shallow than the length of the bushing. Epoxy the bushing into this hole. The inlay should be raised a bit. After this dries, sand flush. I use a belt sander for this. Then finish sanding the piece like you normally would.

I hope this answers your question. Sounds like another blog for my list!



View MarkR2's profile


22 posts in 3022 days

#12 posted 12-23-2011 11:26 PM

a very attractive box with nice details that add interest

View blackcherry's profile


3343 posts in 4380 days

#13 posted 12-24-2011 12:26 AM

This is a wonderful piece Kent and I know it more striking in person, the tones of all the wood are so warming. Your attention to detail show in all your work and are a joy to view thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays…Wilson

View Trev_Batstone's profile


317 posts in 3050 days

#14 posted 12-24-2011 01:42 AM

A very lovely box and a great idea using the brass bushings. Congrats on a fine project.. well done!


View RonOh's profile


9 posts in 2961 days

#15 posted 12-24-2011 01:50 AM

Outstanding! I am moved to try this design for next year. But as I am new to this kind of workmanship I will try it on some oak to see if I can be this accomplished.

-- It's just cutting, sanding, glueing & finishing!

showing 1 through 15 of 22 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics