Regifted Jewelry Box

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Project by 489tad posted 02-17-2012 06:07 AM 2848 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very long over due jewelry box for my wife was delivered on Christmas but the finish was rushed and did not turn out well. I fixed it and gave it to her again for Valentine’s Day. Its made from bubinga, walnut burl veneer, birdseye maple and peruvian walnut. Finish is tung oil, shellac and wax. Its 15” x 11” x 18.5” with a 4’ wing span. I designed it to be simple on the outside, but when opened to have some pop. To do that I built in some special meaning for my wife. The collage idea under the lid came from a old wooden blanket chest that was her mothers. It was decorated with newspaper art under its lid to dress it up. My daughter found the pictures and glued them for me. The birdseye maple is her favorite wood. The “Canadian Lock Joint” on the drawers comes from her parents old bedroom set. Its about 65 years old and was made in Canada. I’ve never seen a lock joint with the little tab on the front before. It keeps the drawer side from pulling apart. I’ll post a blog on how I made them. The pulls are mammouth kauri wood. They represent our love. “Like burried ancient wood that just won’t rot.” I know, I’m gonna pay for that. The soss hinges were pretty straight forward. The lid hinges were alittle exciting to get them correct. Thanks to daKremer and David Bethume for posting bead makers. I made the little beads on the hooks using a paint can and drill press. I’ll post that too. Thanks for looking.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 06:22 AM

Very impressive work. I’ve never seen that style of joinery before on the drawers. Googling the “canadian lock joint” doesn’t turn up much. Always neat to see innovative/different joinery on nice projects like these. How was the kauri to work with?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 07:47 AM

I too like the joint, perhaps you could tell how it was accomplished.

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 09:45 AM

I like the double hinged wings. Did you have any issues with sagging and dragging when swinging them? Your tolerances look tight in the photos, nice work.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 12:23 PM

That is fantastic! Thanks for posting!

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 02:41 PM

Just beautiful! I love the whole design.

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#6 posted 02-17-2012 02:44 PM

great gift. I like the design. Thanks Tad

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 02:47 PM

Looking more at the design, details and wood choices, I really am impressed.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 05:15 PM

Looks great! I’m really digging the joinery on the drawers.

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 06:01 PM

Whilst the box is really awesome I am really impressed by your ability to give your wife the same gift twice and have her still be happy with it. Now there is a ‘how to blog’ I would love to read!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 06:07 PM

Beautiful work….great story to go with it….I am sure she will treasure this for a long time.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 02-17-2012 07:15 PM

Well done! Very nice choices of wood and precise execution. I like it that you placed the high contrast maple to the inside. To be experienced when the doors open. Very nice piece indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 09:15 PM

Really nice. I’m tempted to do one but not just yet.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#13 posted 02-18-2012 12:42 AM

Thanks guys for the nice coments.
@bobasaurus, the kuri wood machined nice. Its soft and took to the finish.
@JohnMeeley, the little #1 soss hinges are pretty tight. Only time will tell if they sag.
@Tokolosi, she puts up with a lot. she’s pretty cool.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 02-18-2012 12:55 AM

You knocked it out of the park on this one. The little attention to detail is noted throughout the piece. The choices of wood came out perfect.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 02-18-2012 03:17 AM

Very nice work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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