My First Jewelry Box

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Project by fred posted 04-20-2007 03:03 AM 3322 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a jewelry box. The box is solid maple with a somewhat curly maple lid. It is 6” x 9” and 3 ¾“ tall including the feet. It was both fun and frustrating making it. More details in the blog.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#1 posted 04-20-2007 03:42 AM

Beautiful jewelry box and your first attempt! ;^)

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 04-20-2007 03:48 AM

Man, that turned out wonderful Fred. Terrific piece! Bet your wife was thrilled.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 04-20-2007 04:42 AM

Very nice jewelry box! Nice and simple in its design – I’m a softy for simplicity. Well done.

-- † Hops †

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#4 posted 04-20-2007 04:43 AM

Fred – Beautiful piece. Congrats.

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#5 posted 04-20-2007 05:57 AM

Very classy Fred. The corners melted together perfectly.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#6 posted 04-20-2007 07:08 AM

This is a really fine job on the jewelry box Fred, inset hinges and all. Very well done as a matter of fact. Bet it made your wife happy!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 04-20-2007 12:45 PM

it’s lovely !!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 04-20-2007 01:05 PM

Nice Fred. Bet that made the mrs. very happy. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-20-2007 01:08 PM

Very nice Fred,
Now that you have that fancy bit you’ll have to start mass producing them.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 04-20-2007 03:04 PM

It sure looks good!

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#11 posted 04-20-2007 03:05 PM

Very nice inside and out.

-- John

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#12 posted 04-20-2007 03:28 PM

Your first attempt? Well from the looks of it you could have been making them for some time. Very nice. I hope my first attempts at projects turn out as well.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 04-20-2007 04:08 PM

Nice job! I’m currently making two jewelry boxes for my wife and Mom’s Mother’s Day presents. What was your source for the hinges? My local WW store has a Rockler section and the hinges I like are about $20. Seems high. Rockler does have a nice selection of self-adhesive felt and other inserts for jewelry boxes I did like however. Great job, again.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#14 posted 04-20-2007 05:12 PM

To everyone – Yes, it was my first jewelry box. I did, however, make a letter box for my daughter. My wife has not seen it yet. We have an anniversary on April 29 so she will receive it then.

Dick – Now that I have everything worked out and the jig, I could mass produce them. Oak, Cherry, Walnut, etc. Hmmmm, not too early to start on Holiday gifts.

USC Jeff – hinges at Rockler $2.49 pair. Stock #21141. I guess the USC is not University of Southern California. I asked my wife if she wanted a felt lining and she said no. BTW, I am not affiliated with nor employed by Rockler or any of their advertising agencies, suppliers or distributors.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#15 posted 04-21-2007 04:36 AM

Nice jewelry box! Excellent work, nice miters, flawless hinge installation which isn’t easy to do.



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