Jewelry Box

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Blog entry by Kiwib0y posted 08-30-2015 04:50 AM 822 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have started my next project that will certainly test my abilities in all aspects of woodworking and marquetry. I have decided to construct a jewelry box with bombay curves. I have never built a box with curves and never veneered a curved surface so it will certainly test me.
I had problems trying to locate a web site with designs that took my fancy (some good designs on craftmanspace well above my ability). I sat down looked at the wife’s quilting books and come up with some designs I decided to go with.
At work where I am restoring a historic barn that is 110 years old(old for New Zealand) I had some 300×25 (12” x 1”)pine so I machined the blank for the box from this.

I machined the curves by fixing a fence along the edge of the timber lengthwise and set my Makita 185 mm skill saw blade to approximately to 3 mm and draw the saw sideways then lowered the blade another 3 mm and drawing it along until I reached the desired curve then re-fixed the fence along the other edge and repeated the process. then turned the board over to scollap out the inside. I used this method as I could not access the spindle moulder in the companies joinery shop machines.
next step was to cut the groove lengthwise to accept the bottom of the box when the box is assembled.
I had to laminate a strip on top of the main board to get the thickness for the curves.
I then cut the mitres for the corners on my Makita compound mitre saw and glued the up.
After a good sand up to remove the machining marks this was the out come.

Time to work on the lid.

I’m out of here like a bold man.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 07:56 AM

that is awesome pine. Not a knot to be seen. Should polish up brilliantly. I like the feet and the shape.

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 03:36 PM

This is an ambitious project but then challenge is where the fun is, right?
If there is no marquetry on the sides they can be hammer veneered quite easily as the curves are easy and smooth. If you are using marquetry on the sides, matching cauls will work just fine. That may be difficult to achieve however as, not having used a bandsaw, you don’t have off-cuts to make them from.
I like your ingenuity. I use circular saws sideways too, they work well that way.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 08:55 AM

Thanks Paul, When I first started marquetry the elderly gentleman that has been giving me pointers said I should learn to walk before I run with my marquetry. My reply was if I wanted some thing easy I would be doing something else or cut straight lines in veneers. Saws can be a mans best friend on site or in the shop.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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