Gift Projects #1: Need a Gift? Make This Elegant Keepsake/Jewelery Box

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by ScottBelleri posted 02-01-2018 09:48 PM 767 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Gift Projects series no next part

View on YouTube

I made this box as a gift for my friend Linn from the Darbin Orvar channel. We made plans to drive down to Corvallis to meet with Linn and her husband Matt, and I decided to make this wooden box for them as a gift. I used some tropical hardwood for the sides (I think it was Ipe), and cherry wood for the top and bottom. The liner was Paduk.

I only had a few days to make it, so I worked up until the last minute. I did what I could to save time, and ran into trouble fighting the clock on glue dry time. I clamped for the minimum required time, in a somewhat cold shop, and then used my disk sander on it. The joint opened up a bit, and I quickly injected some glue and reclamped. I usually clamp for way longer than the recommended time, but was curious about how far you could push it. I learned a lesson, and probably won’t do that again.

Even though I didn’t have time to put a finish on it, the project came out great. I was proud to give it to Linn and Matt.

Visit DarbinOrvar channel here: and her blog here:

Follow me on instagram:



2 comments so far

View Mean_Dean's profile


6128 posts in 3053 days

#1 posted 02-03-2018 11:29 PM

This box turned out very well, especially under your time constraint—I’m sure she loves it!

By the way, you don’t need to raise your tablesaw blade so high—raise it just enough to cut 99% of the way through the sides, and cut all four sides. By leaving just a thin bit of wood, it will keep the lid from getting damaged by the blade. Just use a saw (like you have) to cut the lid free, and sand smooth.

Much safer this way…....!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View JamesPEstrada's profile


1 post in 17 days

#2 posted 02-04-2018 09:05 PM

Thank you soo much for sharing your idea. I was looking for gift ideas post by some essay writers for my best friend’s birthday and i was looking for something handmade as a present.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics