Ladies Jewelry Box, Walnut and Spalted Hackberry With Wooden Hinges

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Project by Blackie_ posted 09-08-2014 12:40 PM 2986 views 11 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve been making men’s valet boxes I thought I’d give the ladies a turn, this box instead of the previous ones I’ve made, I opted to put the necklace hangers in the door opposed to the side wall of the box, the inner part of the box is cut with a bandsaw and then panels were cut of the fronts to give it a more professional look pretty much the same method I use to make the valet boxes, the bottom drawer is a ring drawer, the larger drawer in the center has a hidden drawer in it and I also optioned for an open tray on the very top of the box for a quick drop and go per-say, two of the drawers have lift out trays and the top drawer I partitioned, it offers my wooden hinges on the back for the side wing doors, both wing doors have book matched panels as does both the front and the rear to allow the spalting to flow vertical, the top plate, The top plate, I used a scroll saw to cut the center out with, earth magnets along with wood screws were used for the wing door latches

The woods I used to make this box were walnut and spalted hackberry for the outside and alder for the inside.

The measurements are 15” H x 12” W x 8 3/4” D and is finished in a single coat of tung oil, two coats of my own mix of satin wipe on poly and a final wipe with paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

Due to all the parts involved in this project, I added more photos below.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 01:46 PM

This turned out beautifully and I like the design.

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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#2 posted 09-08-2014 01:49 PM

very nice

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 02:16 PM

Looks really fantastic Randy…
The hidden drawer is always a nice trademark of yours and a recognizable style…
some lucky lady will most certainly snatch this up…or even better some guy will get this as a super present for his wife or girlfriend….

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 03:32 PM

this is a beautiful jewelry box, i love the woods you used, the spalted hackberry is some beautiful wood, your lucky to have it, i love the drawers and the side pieces for the necklaces, you designed it well and i always enjoy your secret drawers, its a clever thing, and a great use of the space, i think some women will really enjoy this, and i hope it sells soon.keep on doing your great work randy, i enjoy seeing it every time you post.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 03:36 PM

Really great design. Love the color combination.

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

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 03:37 PM

Looks great! Should be a big hit! The choice of walnut and spalted hackberry make it fit with your signature in woodworking.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-08-2014 04:29 PM

That hackberry is nice. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 05:10 PM

I love it! I’m wondering though if it is more masculine than feminine? Might get a woman’s view of the piece?

Nice craftsmanship and design. It’s definitely you.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-08-2014 05:12 PM

Beautiful wooden details!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 09-08-2014 05:16 PM

Very nice Randy! I like the illusion in the end grain drawer/tray . It looks like an eye.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#11 posted 09-08-2014 07:59 PM

Randy I see you have once again raised the bar!! What a beautiful box you have designed and built. Love the choice of woods and the wood hinges are a great addition. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 09-08-2014 08:33 PM

Randy – you’re in a class by yourself…. another wonderful box.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#13 posted 09-08-2014 10:39 PM

Randy, this is outstanding work. Your ideas and creations continue to evolve and change. Each new turn seems to grow in complexity and beauty. It has been a joy for us to ride along with you on your journey. You really have taken the band saw box to a completely new level and have made the genre your own…not an easy task. I hope you are soon rewarded with a sale to further confirm that are doing all the right things. Your creativity and craftsmanship deserves recognition. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 09-08-2014 10:42 PM

Gee where do I start? Love the choice of woods – great combination. Love those side doors for necklaces – very practical to prevent tangles. Love the wood hinges – perfectly proportioned to the size of the box. Love the hidden compartment – always a good selling point. In other words Great Job!

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 09-08-2014 10:59 PM

Randy, this is a beee-u-teee-ful jewelry box. I really like every detail about it. The hinges are a big plus. I like both sides for hanging things. Very genious. That Hackberry & Walnut make gr8 combinations. Very nicely done. Where do you get the material/s for the ring holders, and drawer inners?? Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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