jewelry box

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Project by bygrace posted 12-14-2013 02:13 AM 3212 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the jewelry box I made for my 10 yr. old daughter. Purple is her favorite color so purple heart was a no brainer. I thought curly maple would make a nice contrast. Purple felt (of course) lines the bottom of the trays. Finished with 3 coats of Watco natural, 2 coats of lacquer sanding sealer, 3 coats of spray lacquer, and 2 coats of paste wax.

Since I’m pretty new to all this, every box is a learning experience for me. I didn’t secure the box well enough with the template when I drilled the holes for the sides, so the trays don’t line up exactly. Hinges went on pretty well, I used a ” flippin’ story stick” on my router table, but I should have mortised them slightly deeper.

All in all I was pretty pleased, but still in pursuit of perfection. Learning on every project is part of the fun!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 02:30 AM

I like the idea of the leg in the back to keep it from tipping over when fully open. Clever.

-- accidental woodworker

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 03:14 AM

Very beautiful work. I really like the 3 trays. Well done. It’s funny I’m working on one with purple heart and maple too cause that’s my daughters favorite. Only 1 tray. Lol

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 03:24 AM

Really neat build, My 1st thought, looking at it was what was going to keep it from falling over. Neat back leg, I have always liked that style.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 04:10 AM

Great looking jewelry box—really like the way the trays open.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 05:06 AM

Andy, I think this is a great design. If the opening mechanism is your idea, it is an especially wonderful job. Congratulations. I have seen such mechanics applied to tackle boxes and sewing boxes, but not the way you used them. Until I read about the leg and rechecked the pictures, I couldn’t figure why it didn’t tip over backwards.

Since you have the potential for two more photos on this project, would you please edit your post to give us an additional picture of how the support leg works…say with the lid closed and from the rear? I suppose the top of the leg also acts as a stop to keep the lid from opening too far.

Information about how to lay out the angled pieces on the sides would also be appreciated. I get it that all the slats have the same 45 degree angle, but how did you decide where to put the pivot screws in relation to the front and back of the box? This is a great job of craftsmanship. If the third shot was the first shot you might draw even more eyes to your project posting. Your daughter should really prize this as a gift. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 05:31 AM

Just like everyone else, How’s that not going to tip over is what caught my eye ;-)) 15# lead in the bottom section? As soon as I got to the last picture; How cleaver!! Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-14-2013 09:58 AM

Outstanding box with nice colour contrast.Complete idea is very good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-14-2013 11:30 AM

Very cool looking jewelry box…really like the way you have done it and how it opens…nice job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 12:32 PM

Dave – One tray is probably a better idea. Now I have to fill up three trays with jewelry!
rjb37,Bob, Big Al, Topa, Ivan and Dave – would love to take credit for the design, but it came out of the book “Basic Box Making” by Doug Stowe. A great book filled with many different designs, jigs, and hints.
Between that book and the tutorials here on Lumberjocks its been a lot of fun learning the basics of woodworking.

Thanks everyone for your comments. Kind words and ideas from your peers are always encouraging!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#10 posted 12-14-2013 12:32 PM

Nice job, very pretty.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 12-14-2013 06:36 PM

Nice design! A beautiful result as well.

Thanks for sharing – the book will go on my “Need to get” list…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 12-14-2013 09:55 PM

Absolutely love the hinge system. Great build. Lucky daughter! : )

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 02:37 AM

Big Al – Sorry but I can’t post anymore pictures. I was barely able to get these four and my wife took it and wrapped it, so it now sits under the Christmas tree.

The back brace is visible in the last photo, and is only attached to the top tray. That way it is free to move as the box is opened.

As for the side arms, each hole is drilled at exactly the same level on each tray, two on the bottom, three on the middle, and two on the top shelf. They are also exactly the same distance apart. I made a template that I could flip over and use on either side so the holes would be in identical positions. this keeps the whole thing from binding as it is opened. As for the length of the arms, it depends on how far you want it to open. The longer the arms, the longer the distance the trays will travel.

Sorry I wasn’t able to respond quickly. I had to work today and then went to a Christmas program my daughter was in.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 02:50 AM


-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#15 posted 12-15-2013 08:06 AM

It’s that back leg that makes that jewelry box so special. It is a really clever way to stop the box from tipping over. Great job.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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