"Wood" Anniversary Jewelry Box

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Project by Rb12 posted 05-19-2014 12:36 PM 1397 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So it’s my fifth wedding anniversary in two weeks, which is the wood anniversary so I decided it would be fitting to actually build something for my wife. For years I have been asking her to tell me what aspects she would like in a jewelry box and never been told conclusively… so I guessed based on the items she had (hope I am right lol).

Anyway, this turned out to be quite a challenge for me. I did not anticipate this being so complicated but it required a lot of little pieces that were placed in such close proximity that I could only glue up one at a time. That is until the whole body which required an 11 piece glue up at once.

Built to accommodate flat storage in the top tray or drawers; the drawers have removable ring holder inserts mde from foam and wrapped in velvet, there are two brass spinners mounted on a sliding dovetail for necklaces, and 4 removable holders for earrings on a different sliding dovetail (each insert can be pulled out and re-inserted).

All that aside, I think it came out pretty well. The doors are blood wood panels with curly maple frames, the carcass is cherry, and the drawers are poplar and bloodwood. All the handles are cocobolo as are the earring holders. The sliding dovetails for the necklace rack and earring rack are also maple.

To give credit to those that inspired many of the aspects of this design, thanks to

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 05-19-2014 01:11 PM

Very nice and she’ll love it!

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 05-19-2014 02:28 PM

Nice project! You’ll have to give us a report back in 2 weeks…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 05-19-2014 04:01 PM

Absolutely astonish! I like this ’’small wardrobe’’ design, especially small dovetails.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-19-2014 04:12 PM

This is a beautiful jewelry box and you’ve done such a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 05-19-2014 04:14 PM

Beautiful work, believe you have done the wood anniversary proud! Sure she will love it… Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan

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#6 posted 05-19-2014 04:58 PM

Thx for the kind words.

Those dovetails were a total pita even doing the pins two sets at a time

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#7 posted 05-20-2014 02:17 AM

Wow, you really put allot of work in that lovely box. I’m sure it will be loved for years

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 05-20-2014 07:05 PM

Very cool, great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 01:19 AM

Well I am happy to report that even though I was “guessing” at the design elements she would like, she really loved the box

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