|Project by TedM||posted 02-01-2009 08:58 PM||6007 views||16 times favorited||25 comments|
Today is my daughter’s 21st birthday and this is a jewelry box that I finished yesterday for her.
When she saw the small Zebrawood and Ebony box that I made a few months ago she asked if I could make her one. As any father will know that what ‘the princess’ asks for she gets! Thruout the course of design she decide that it was to be larger, with a tray and a drawer. :)
It’s about 11” wide, 7” deep and 5” high and finished with a wipe-on poly. It is made with African Zebrawood and Nogal, also known as Peruvian Walnut, from South America.
Here’s a view of the top showing the lamination of the Zebrawood and Nogal:
One of the neatest things was that I was also able to incorporate a hidden compartment. I noticed that if the drawer compartments went the full depth of the box you would pull it out completely and then you would have to fit it back into the box. Putting the end of the compartment about an inch back eliminated this problem and left a nice spot for a secret spot. One has a tendency to now stop pulling the drawer once the back side of the compartment is seen, like in the photos above.
Here’s the drawer pulled out completely:
The top of the ‘extension’ is friction fitted and with a tug and a pull a hidden compartment is found:
For the drawer I first cut the four sides of the box to size and then mitered them to 45 degrees. Then, after ensuring all the sides fit together correctly, I cut the drawer face from the box face. Then I cut the drawer ends from the box sides using the tablesaw sled and stops. Then just glued the three pieces together.
This still left a kerf sized gap between the top of the drawer and the sides of the box. I was able to find, no, sorry, I was really, really lucky to find, a strip of Zebrawood with matching grain. I sliced this to thickness, mitered and glued this to the top of the drawer front. The grain of Zebrawood is actually quite forgiving so this is pretty much undetectable as you can see (or not) here:
Now all that’s left is to tie a bow on it and give it to my daughter when she comes home later today. I hope she likes it as must as I enjoyed making it for her. :)
Thanks for looking.
Update 02/02/09 – Within a few minutes of giving her the box here is what it looked like. She loved it! :)
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