Xmas Jewelry Boxes

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Project by gashley posted 12-15-2014 03:31 PM 2631 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year around Xmas I get a lot of demand for gifts from my shop. This year I did a run of these jewelry boxes. I think it’s an old Tony Lydgate design from one of his books – I’ve done so many of these over the years, I’m not sure I remember where the design first came from. They’re about 14×9 x 4 in dimension.

Boxes are of Lacewood, Maple or Claro Walnut, with splines of whatever thin material I happened to have laying around that gives a good contrast (usually maple or cocobolo or purpleheart).

They’re relatively simple to make, splined mitered corners, simple wooden frame top. But what gives them a nice character that’s hard to really see in the photos is the subtle curving of the sides and tops. I set my table saw blade at around 10 degrees and run the box and the top through on all edges. Then take a belt sander and blend the resulting profile into a nice convex shape that’s pleasing to the eye and hand.

For finish of these types of projects – I love rattle can finishes. I spray a couple of sealer coats of shellac, sand it smooth, then several coats of sprayed semi gloss poly. Rub it out with #0000 steel wool and wax.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 03:44 PM

Attractive boxes.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 12-15-2014 05:18 PM

Wow, beautiful boxes! Love the variety.

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#3 posted 12-15-2014 05:25 PM

Beautiful boxes Gary

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-15-2014 06:47 PM

A lot to like in all three of these boxes…...great wood, excellent design and craftsmanship. I think my favorite is the walnut one.

-- jbschutz

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#5 posted 12-15-2014 07:06 PM

I have made this style before and still think its one classy design.
You really do nice work and have an eye for combing woods and patterns. Well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#6 posted 12-16-2014 12:30 AM

Fantastic Gary!. Some gals are gonna be very happy happy happy.

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

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#7 posted 12-16-2014 02:11 AM

Very nice boxes.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 12-16-2014 03:04 AM

Great looking bunch of boxes!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 12-16-2014 11:40 AM

Simply beautiful.

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 12:27 PM

These are some beautiful boxes. Really like the walnut version.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 12-16-2014 12:49 PM

Nice, you’ve inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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