Krysta's Jewelry Box

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Project by Grumpymike posted 07-27-2014 10:17 PM 872 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jewelry box that I made for my 23 year old Granddaughter as she amasses the jewels (memories) of her life.
While she was visiting recently, we stopped in at the Woodworkers Source for something that I needed.
After seeing her eyes as big as saucers and her mouth agape at all the beautiful woods, I asked her what kind of wood she wanted her new jewelry box to be made out of? “Zebrawood” with out hesitation was the answer.
Back at the shop: I had never worked with Zebrawood so that is a first. I had never done an inlay, nor banding, so those are two more firsts.
After the box was made it looked naked, so I milled some cherry quarter round for the crown, and added some Sapele feet. I inlaid the (purchased piece) medallion into the Country Maple top and it was beginning to look like a nice box.
This whole thing was a ‘Design as you Build’ kind of thing, so it evolved into what you see in these poorly taken photo’s.
For the finishing touches, I used water based poly and flocked the box bottom and slider tray, then installed a 120 degree self stop hinge. (never used one before … another first)
Using box joints was not a good choice for Zebrawood as the wraparound grain gets lost at the corners, miters and splines would have been a better choice.
I have expanded my skills and plowed new ground, so even with all the mistakes and boo boo’s I am happy with this piece.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 10:56 PM

Mike, I am certain she will always treasure the box her GD made for her. I agree that zebrawood and box joints aren’t the best together. I had a lot of trouble with the zebrawood tearing out even though I used a backer board. Yours looks good.

-- Art

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 11:58 PM

Hi Art,
I used a new up spiral bit for the box joints … The planer on the other hand, even with new blades created a lot of tear out …. sand, sand, sand, sand, and it looks good .. (really I used a scraper and sanded)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 12:01 AM

Very beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 12:28 AM

beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 01:41 AM

Gorgeous box, Mike. She will love it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-28-2014 03:17 AM

Whole lotta firsts here, Mike, and beautifully done, too! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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