Alder meets Cherry, Ladies Jewelry Box

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Project by Blackie_ posted 02-21-2014 04:33 PM 4623 views 23 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another box created using my newest design, in combining bandsaw box making with joined box making, the inner core is made from Alder, a solid block of glue ups, the outer wood is cherry, I’m kind of new to working with cherry and I do like what it produces, both side doors open up to sets of hooks for necklaces to be hanged on the top drawer designed to hold rings, the two bottom drawers have lift out trays and the large center drawer has a hidden drawer, by removing the drawer and spinning it around it reveals the hidden drawer, I also added an open tray to the top of the box for a quick drop and go sorta-speak, the back of the box I added 1/2” box cut joint wooden hinges also made from Cherry then made cherry dowels to pin with.

The Build starts off with a glue up of several cut 7” x 14” planed slabs of Alder, square the block up, there are no front or back slices that needs to be cut off I just simply mark the drawer measurements on the face of the block to be cut and off then off to the bandsaw to cut the drawers out, drawers are sanded to a smooth finish before assembly then glued (back of drawer only), I then cut the face from the outer wood for the front and back, I cut the front (face board) to the size of the block face, each drawer cavity I allow 3/16” over lay for the front slabs I then cut the front board into drawer front slabs, before gluing the back board on, I place each drawer into the cavity making sure the orientation is correct, front to front back to back I then add glue to the front edges of the drawer the front slab is then pressed against the drawer front then I use squeeze clamps to press the slab against the drawer as it sits inside of the drawer cavity, I use business cards to gap between each slab so they aren’t rubbing each, the edges of each slab is also rounded with a 1/4” round over bit, once all that is down I then added the side miter cut panels to make up the necklace wings, then the back cut to size and glued on to make up the back of the box and the lid goes on last, I used a scroll saw to cut the top out to allow access for the open tray on top.

For the lining I used color choice felt and double stick carpet tape.

The box measures 14 1/2” x 11 1/4” x 7” and is finished in a single coat of tung oil, two coats of my own mix wipe on poly satin finish and a final coat of paste wax.

More pictures below.

Thanks for looking and all comments are enjoyed and replied too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 04:39 PM

This is a beautiful cabinet and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 04:41 PM

Lovely work! I like it allot. Nice clean look.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 04:51 PM

WOW! This took some time and looks very professional. Nice job Randy!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 04:51 PM


Almost not a bandsaw box? LOL! Looking where you are now, and where you were. Evolution of a Boxmaker! Is this sales driven or new thinking?

Well crafted, clean and precise.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 04:58 PM

A special box. Nicely done, Randy! We go about making a box in entirely different ways, but your results are certainly worthy of praise. I like this one a lot. I particularly like the way you handled the lifts/pulls? for the side openings. And your wood hinges work really well here. Great box.

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

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 04:59 PM

Really awesome Randy…! You set the bar a rung higher on the bandsaw box evolution…

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 06:27 PM

Great details.
Gotta do those hinges…...............

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 06:35 PM

Thanks Charles, Oak, Randy, Roger and Greg

Doc, you are right, if you think of a typical bandsaw box they look nothing like this at all, so I’d go as far as to say it’s not classified as a bandsaw box but like a normal box. As for as the design goes, I think it’s a little of both, it started out as new thinking but the design did take off in sales, just takes longer to build then my other boxes.

Randy, I plan on bringing this box to the next meeting if it hasn’t sold by then :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 06:48 PM

Beautiful work. Great design.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 02-21-2014 06:57 PM

Hello Blackie

This is a beautiful cabinet and you’ve done a fine job on it.
The best jewelry cabinet I’ve ever seen.

I like the bandsaw drawers and all the construction

Thanks a lot for sharing

A must in the jewelry cabinet

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 02-21-2014 07:47 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 02-21-2014 08:37 PM

I like the design and good execution.

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#13 posted 02-21-2014 08:39 PM

This is a very attractive piece—you’ve done an outstanding job!

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

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#14 posted 02-21-2014 08:54 PM

simply perfect

-- bambi

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#15 posted 02-21-2014 09:55 PM

Great job, nice clean lines, well done.

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

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