Jewelry Box

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Project by JADobson posted 01-27-2015 05:33 PM 2062 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a small jewelry box for my youngest sister. The box is made of a beautiful piece of spalted birch. Really pretty, but really soft and punky. Took some getting used to working with it. The top and feet are, I believe cocobolo. I think the two contrast nicely. I used Brusso hinges and knobs and can see why they are the best. Any comments or critiques are very welcome.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 06:11 PM

Really Cool!!! I like the wood selection. It is going to my favorites!

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 07:24 PM

I love spalted wood. The dark wood goes great with the spalting. Very nice over all look :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 08:17 PM

very appealing. how did you stabilize/finish the maple?

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 08:26 PM

Hi Ratchet, its actually spalted birch. I just finished it with shellac. I was a little worried that the wood would be too soft for the hinge’s screws but it was solid enough. I was planning on stabilizing there with CA glue but didn’t need to. Otherwise its just shellac and paste wax.

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 09:17 PM

i really like this, love the spalted birch, ive had some really nice spalted oak that has had some similar looks, but its a nice design for its intended use…

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 09:32 PM

James, your wood selection is great. You should be proud of creating such a beautiful jewelry keeper. The legs are a nice touch and help bring the whole design together as a unit. It is difficult to tell what is going on inside your box with the pictures you have posted, but it looks like jewelry is supposed to hang from the knobs in the back.

It really helps your readers get a better grasp of projects if you include dimensions. If you want to, you can add information to your posting at any time by clicking the red “edit” icon in the upper right corner of your original post. You can edit a post even years later.

I would have added corner splines, to strengthen the construction, especially with spalted birch, but it would detract from the look you have achieved. In the spirit of sharing you might look at this posting.

This is a really beautiful jewelry box. Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 01-28-2015 02:25 AM

HI James,

I think that is a nice choice of materials and I like that matched the grain around the circumference of the box.


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#8 posted 01-28-2015 03:08 AM

Thumbs up dude.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#9 posted 01-28-2015 11:32 AM

Well done. Nice wood combos also.

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

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#10 posted 01-30-2015 03:39 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Al, I thought about putting some splines in but I didn’t think they fit. I sealed the end grain in the mitre joints with a 50:50 glue water mixture before gluing and they seem strong enough. After all the box is going to sit on a dresser and not be subjected to much handling. If it breaks, lesson learned I suppose.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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