Sapele Cove Side (secret stash) Jewelry Box

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Project by jumbojack posted 03-01-2013 12:53 AM 4560 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodcraft had some Ribbon Sapele on sale some time ago; it begged to be a jewelry box. I obliged and used the basic design of my Secret Stash Jewelry Boxes, documented here on LJs
The cove, cut with a 45 degree fence on my Shopsmith really helped bring out grain on this beautiful wood. I mitered the corners and pinned them with ¼” walnut dowels. I used the same fence to angle the box to bore the holes with the horizontal boring function; one of my favorite functions on the Shopsmith. The 45 degree angle caused the dowels to get elliptical, the cove made them angle in a bit, like cats eyes. This was quite a surprise as I did not envision this, but I think it looks GREAT. The frame and panel lid and base were cut with a miter jig I made a couple of years ago. The panel is 3/16” ply with Redwood burl veneer on both sides. Since they are sequential sheets it took on the look of a solid panel. I pinned the frame with 1/8” walnut dowels again using the horizontal boring function. I used the cuts offs from the frame to fashion the feet keeping the endgrain for the boxes sides and the long grain for the front and back.
The tray is from some Redwood milled by a neighbor. He gave me several 5”x5”x38” pieces just to be a nice guy. I resawed them and rabbeted in a ply bottom. The dividers were all milled from some Beech left over from another build. My dado stack with no shims cuts a 21/64ths dado, so I thicknessed the stock to 22/64ths and cut the laps for the dividers. They came out pretty well,
I cut the dado for the floor of the box ¾” of an inch in to provide the stash area.
The box and base are held together with rare earth magnets. You can see I counter sunk and used epoxy to hold them in. Getting the polarity going the same way on the box and base nearly drove me to drink.
The finish is Satin Lacquer. Two coats on all the bottoms. Three coats on the insides and 8 plus on the tray and outside. I knocked it all down with some 400 grit shot another two coats and then some 600 grit followed with Johnson Paste wax.
Thank you for putting up with this long winded description.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 01:54 AM

You’ve created another beautiful box. That burl on the top is really nice and I love the doweled miters. Cutting that cove with the Shopsmith worked very well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 01:58 AM

Your box really came out very nice. The sapele most certainly has one heck of a nice grain and you did it proud…
I use magnets frequently and I learned a good and easy trick for properly lining up the polarity. I take 2 magents and stick them togerther and them put a dot on each exposed end with a permanent marker. After drilling the holes for them I epoxy them in with the dot facing the epoxy…works every time.

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 02:30 AM

Greg, that is exactly what I thought I did. i glued them all in, top and bottom and let them sit over night. Went out the next morning and two matched up but the back was levitating. I ended up drilling out four magnets. The magnetic stuff inside is like powder. The heat from drilling out the magnet case caused the stuff inside to ignite. kinda dicey, it actually scorched the wood.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 07:22 AM

Gorgeous box

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 01:01 PM

Wowza! I likes every bit o it. Super nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 03-01-2013 04:00 PM

Great design and construct. I’m a bit confused by your description of using the 45 degree fence to drill the dowel holes. Are you saying that the dowels are angled such that they install across the corner joints? If so, neat idea. It is nice to see someone using all the functions of the ShopSmith. I have an old one I purchased in the mid-80s that still gets a lot of use for drilling and the circular sander functions which work very well. Although I used all the functions for many years, I finally gave up on the table saw function and purchased a cabinet saw which makes things much easier and more importantly to me, safer. Having said that, I built a lot of large pieces using the ShopSmith in a very small shop and I still have all my appendages.

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#7 posted 03-01-2013 04:33 PM

tnwood. yes the dowel goes entirely through the mitered corner. i had been wanting to try this for some time. I did not even do a practice run. I set up the fence, and let her rip. The 1/4” was a piece of cake. The 1/8”not so much as the bit wanted to deflect. Since I could not back up the cut on the cove side, I just took it really slow when i saw the end of the brad point coming through. Sapele is a very forgiving material to work with.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 03:45 AM

Beautiful Jumbojack! I love the secret compartment … well worth the magnetic struggle, even though I’m sure the air around you was ready to ignite from sheer frustration too!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 10:02 PM

That is a beautiful jewelry box! The grain of the sapele really complements the design. Whomever you give this box to wll love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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