In between working on a larger project, I’ve been fitting in a few minutes (hours) to fiddle with this jewelry case. Today I cut the top and bottom to size, ran rabets and dados, milled some trim on my router table and mitered the trim to fit. This included making up a simple miter jig for the table saw. Once complete, the jig is an excellent way to get perfect miters every time. It’ll come in handy when making picture frames etc too.
To make the stopped dados in the top and bottom, I first sliced off a strip from the front of the blank, ran the dados through then glued the slice back on. That worked pretty good, there is almost no indication the pieces were ever cut.
It was suggested that a “secret drawer” in the base would be a welcome surprise to any little girl. I decided to try this out and I must say I’m pleased with the result. I simply ran a groove around the inside of the base and slipped in a piece of 1/8” baltic birch plywood. I also grooved the back trim piece and then glued it to the plywood. I then glued small drawer sides to the face of the plywood. On the “back” of the drawer I placed two small rare earth magnets to keep the drawer closed tightly until it’s time to pull it open to access the secret treasures held within.
-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, 360 Woodworking