jewelry box

  • Advertise with us
Project by bilsborough posted 05-17-2008 08:46 PM 3177 views 16 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend saw some purpleheart and said, “ohhh, make me something with that! A jewelry box.” I’ll take any excuse I can get to take on a fun project so I got some purpleheart from the woodsmith store and some maple leftover from some other project, and a little bit of Koa I’m gradually using up. I had recently seen a few pictures of boxes with the half-blind dovetails meeting the corner pieces, so I was looking for a project I could try that out on, this one seemed to fit the bill pretty nicely. So I went with maple sides into purpleheart legs, routing my dovetails on my porter cable jig. I cut the top inch off the box sides for the lid, and filled in the kerf with the koa. I also used the koa to fill the kerf around the drawer face. I carved some contour on the legs to add some more visual interest


I used some brusso 95 degree stop brass box hinges, pretty expensive but nice, though the lid could probably use a third.

corner view

The finish is nitro-cellulose laquer hand rubbed to a gloss finish. The white in the grain of the lid was in the wood, it isn’t polishing compound.

-- What do you learn from being right?

19 comments so far

View Woodhacker's profile


1139 posts in 4401 days

#1 posted 05-17-2008 08:55 PM

Wow bilsborough, this is an amazing box. I love the combination and have used that on a few boxes myself…at least the maple and purpleheart.

Your joinery looks excellent! Great design too!

I see from your project page you’ve made some guitars…in high school I made a few accoustics, but quit woodworking until about 5 years ago…now I’m making boxes primarily.

Anyway, great job on this box, I’m sure your girlfriend loves it.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

View davidtheboxmaker's profile


373 posts in 4483 days

#2 posted 05-17-2008 09:57 PM

Great box – the corners look really sharp. Well done.

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 4666 days

#3 posted 05-18-2008 12:03 AM

Great looking box! Lots of fantastic details.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View teenagewoodworker's profile


2727 posts in 4446 days

#4 posted 05-18-2008 12:07 AM

wonderful box. great dovetails too. I know what you mean about purpleheart. every time a girl sees it they want something made out of it.(I just haven’t got around to filling their orders yet, lol) great job and i look forward to your next post.

View CharlieM1958's profile


16285 posts in 4896 days

#5 posted 05-18-2008 12:12 AM

Man, that is really a fantastic box. Tons of great details and beautiful joinery. I’ll bet you get a lot of brownie points with the girlfriend for this one!

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

View darryl's profile


1795 posts in 5004 days

#6 posted 05-18-2008 04:51 AM

this is a very nice piece. love the contrast of the maple and purpleheart in the dovetails.
great job!

View Dusty56's profile


11856 posts in 4365 days

#7 posted 05-18-2008 06:14 AM

someday I hope to achieve this level of craftsmanship

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 4499 days

#8 posted 05-18-2008 12:53 PM

This is a beautiful box. The details are simply great. I am sure your girlfriend adored the box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View BobR's profile


136 posts in 4662 days

#9 posted 05-18-2008 03:01 PM

Great design, good choice of timber, and wonderful workmanship.

-- Bob

View Paul D's profile

Paul D

2131 posts in 4426 days

#10 posted 05-18-2008 03:05 PM

Very nice box and great details.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

View IcemanSam's profile


19 posts in 4438 days

#11 posted 05-19-2008 04:18 PM

Gorgeous box. Love the added touch with the carved sides/legs.

-- Sam, Texas

View Wade Putnam's profile

Wade Putnam

148 posts in 4407 days

#12 posted 05-21-2008 03:36 PM

Nice work, love the combination of woods

-- Wade, Nashville,

View YorkshireStewart's profile


1130 posts in 4579 days

#13 posted 05-21-2008 08:02 PM

Lovely design, exquisitely made. Lucky girl!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

View flomp's profile


25 posts in 4325 days

#14 posted 06-01-2008 08:08 PM

im thinking of doing the corner dovetail thing now thanks

View Andraxia's profile


133 posts in 4186 days

#15 posted 11-06-2008 11:27 AM

Isn’t it funny how us Aussies envy your selection of woods and you Americans envy the wood selection us Aussies have – Sigh I wish I had access to a decent (and cost effective) supply of purple heart – This looks fantastic mate!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

showing 1 through 15 of 19 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