Spagnuolo/Rogowski Jewelry Box

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Project by bhacksaw posted 11-24-2014 06:14 PM 1998 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently invited to the second wedding of a friend’s father. The invitation said “No gifts, please”. I chose to see this as “Please don’t BUY any gifts”. I had been eager to build the jewelry box which I saw on The Wood Whisperer’s site ( and thought it would make a good Remembrance Box for the new couple.

I learned many things on this journey. Mainly, read your choice of finish’s drying time WELL in advance of the finishing stage. I haven’t done much finishing work and thought I could do the three coats of wiping varnish in one day. Each coat took a day to dry, however (due to my shop-time availability). Hence, the picture of gluing on the feet and letting the felt settle which was taken in my hotel room at the wedding.

That also leads me to my next lesson learned: felt. Just because you CAN do something from scratch doesn’t mean you SHOULD. I used emerald green flocking fibers and color matched adhesive. The adhesive ended up all over the place and I’m sure I left that hotel room with a thin layer of felt over everything. Next time, just buy a sheet of felt fabric.

Not sure if I’ll attempt breadboard ends again anytime soon. I like the idea, but I don’t think I’m skilled enough to pull it all together without gaps and a bit of slop.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the process. It contained many firsts. I’d love to have another shot at the proud, chamfered finger joints. I used a sanding block for the chamfers but will use chisels next time since I also honed my chiseling and sharpening skill with this project. It was a bit saddening to let it go, but the appreciation from the recipients made well worth it.

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 06:16 PM

Where’s that little info section next to the project that I can specify what wood I used, how many hours, etc.?

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#2 posted 11-24-2014 11:23 PM

Well done this is a fun project getting ready to make some more of these soon. I’m sure he loved the gift

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 03:44 AM

bhack, I like this design. the curved dividers really pick up the inside. I recall giving a box as a gift and doing the final wax coat on the trunk of my car in the parking lot. It makes the hotel room work seem like planning. Just in the spirit of sharing ideas…here are a few thoughts and examples you might want consider for a future project.

Breadboards are a bit of a pain and a lot of work for a box, though it certainly adds to the look and function. Hardwood plywood and solid ends connected with a dado is an alternative and much easier to do. The plywood is stable and the ends won’t expand lengthwise. Example.

You might consider this cloth cutting system as an alternative to flocking. It takes some tools, but not many.

Have you considered this hinging alternative?

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 02:45 PM

Thanks Ken and Thanks Boxguy! Great suggestions and lovely examples.

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#5 posted 11-25-2014 05:32 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 11-25-2014 06:05 PM

This box looks super .very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 07:59 PM

Beautiful work. I used simmilar metod of overlaping corner finger joints on some big pice of furniture project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-26-2014 05:33 PM

Great story Good choice for box form. And you learned some things about yourself?

Thomas Hucker said”Do something you don’t like to do. It will add to your knowledge.” I think this is a great example?

Nice piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 11-26-2014 06:27 PM

I was probably enjoying it too much to learn anything. ;)

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#10 posted 11-26-2014 06:44 PM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 11:33 AM

Very nice build. I just finished mine (literally the finish is still drying) and noticed in your picks you put your inside liner in after it was all built. I am doing the same and was wondering what you used to adhere it to the bottom of the box. I was planning on the Super 77 only on the one side of the material I had planned to cover the bottom. Not sure if that’ll be strong enough of a bond though.


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#12 posted 05-26-2015 01:16 PM

Thank you, Fred. As I said, I used Donjer adhesive and flocking powder. I did it after glue-up and thought painter’s tape would help. The adhesive ended up leaking through the bottom, however, and it was a near disaster. Next time, I’m going to use a simple spray-on adhesive (pre-glue-up!) and a sheet of felt fabric. Not sure on the exact method, but a quick YouTube search should sort you out.

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