Jewelry Case Build #1: Rough Cutting Parts

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Blog entry by RoadHogg posted 04-22-2014 06:45 PM 1740 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to build, what I think is, a nice jewelry case for my Niece’s birthday this summer. The case is Walnut with Bird’s Eye Maple for drawers and accents. There are some secondary 1/8” panels that will be either Baltic Birch or hardboard. Plans are from an older issue of Wood magazine.

Here’s what it should look like when complete:

Yesterday I cut everything but the hardboard to rough size.

Then I dadoed out 10 tiny rails and stiles for half lap joints.

I really like the look of the case in the example pictures so I hope it turns out nice.

The smallest frame and panel glue-up I’ve done to date. It’s about 5” across, 3/8” thick.

I have a question. This is the first time I’ve worked with Walnut. I see that it seems to have a number of open pores similar to oak. When I sand the Walnut, the light coloured sanding dust gets into these pores and contrasts against the darker wood surface. Should I be concerned? This dust mostly blows away with the air gun but some of it remains. I plan to polyurethane this project when complete, will this dust, or these pores be something to contend with at that point?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 12:06 PM

Your plan looks great. Your sanding dust problem is caused by tear out and it will cause problems when you go to finish this piece. You’ll need to sand or plan the wood to remove the divot. If you don’t, you’ll see a a divot under the finish. From the pictures, it doesn’t look too bad. I’d start at 150 or 180 grit and remove the dimple using a sanding block to keep thing flat. Then work your way back up the grits. Good luck.

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 02:17 PM

Thanks kenn. I was afraid that was the answer. My fear is that much sanding will throw my dimensions off too much on such a small piece. I have sanded some and I don’t see much difference. I’ll follow what you suggest here and see what happens. I appreciate the reply!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang,

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