Jewelry Box

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Project by Joe Brumley posted 01-06-2009 07:04 AM 3366 views 15 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In August of 2008, just before I started my new job, I took a weekend veneer class with Bill Hull at the Marc Adams School of woodworking. The course focused on veneering techniques by applying them to this little jewelry box. We used veneer bags so while I learned that veneering is tricky the bags make it a lot easier. The class was great and Bill is a great instructor and super nice person. Even in the hectic weekend class he still had time to field each question.

I finally got around to putting a finish on it and attaching the lid this past weekend. I was going to shellac it and try a french polish but I found this really nice wax that has a lavender scent and just couldn’t resist. I have also never used wax and since this was a little box I thought it would be easier. It took about an hour and a half to apply the finish and buff it out. I used a heat gun to melt the wax into the wood. That worked really well for getting it in the corners too. I am pretty pleased with how the finish worked out so now I will see how well it stands up to use.

The only noticeable flaw is in the top. I had the piece of veneer sitting under one of the veneer covers that we were using and one of the helpers grabbed and ripped the piece of veneer. I could have gotten a new piece but since it was learning situation I tried to use veneer tape and pull up the rip. Well that worked initially but as the glue dried the crack opened up and that is how it stayed. I tried to fill it with some sawdust and epoxy but that did not work either. I know what to do next time though.

For the photos I decided to try Blake’s technique of using a piece of dark velvet for the photo background. Thanks, Blake. I look all professional now.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 07:16 AM

Very nice and clean look, great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 10:04 AM

You look professional woodworker too – not only as a photographer.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 03:53 PM

Very nice. You used a nice proportion of dark wood to light wood as well.

-- Have a blessed day!

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 04:00 PM

Nice looking box, and that black velvet sets it off wonderfully.

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

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#5 posted 01-06-2009 04:06 PM

My my, that is just stunning. Beautiful design.

Note to self: Learn to veneer.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-06-2009 04:09 PM

Questions: Did you veneer the endgrain of the top too? What is the substrate?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-06-2009 04:18 PM

I love it! Like Savannah said it has a clean line to it and exudes simple elegance. Did you through-pin the lid for your hinging? Is it possible to take a side shot?

Anyway, congratulations on an awesome box. I hope the wax alone will serve you well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-06-2009 05:43 PM

The frist thing I noticed was the carved handle, it really stands out for me. And the Veneering, If you didn’t tell me that it was veneered I would not have believed it. You did a great job.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#9 posted 01-06-2009 05:51 PM

Great Box

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#10 posted 01-06-2009 08:29 PM

Awesome job Joe!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 01-07-2009 04:29 AM

Great looking box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 01-07-2009 07:36 PM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 01-11-2009 06:14 AM

Thanks everyone. I can’t take all of the credit though because this is a project from a weekend class and the instructor came up with the design and the wood. Spalm the lid is veneered on both faces and both ends. The substrate for the top is 1/2” birch plywood and the substrate for the front and back is maple. The maple was used so that we did not have to veneer the visible edge. Yes, Douglas, it is through-pinned using a brass pin. Here are a couple of shots:
Through hinge pin
Through hinge pin 2

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#14 posted 01-11-2009 08:19 AM

Thanks for the follow up Joe. I am currently favoring this style of box lid, and that shot was very helpful.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 01-11-2009 02:25 PM

It’s a beautiful box. The crack in the veneer is not evident in the photo.

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