Jewelry box

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Project by iminmyshop posted 03-30-2015 02:31 PM 1979 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A niece’s wedding overseas prompted the making of these boxes. It also seemed like a good place to put an envelope. Her new husband, concerned about having to fill it, commented that this was probably the most costly (to him) gift they had received : )) While I was at it, a great niece got one too.

Every project has its own challenges. This was my first crack at compound miters. Once the outside box has them, the inside boxes need them too. The first box has sides of solid Maple, legs of Bubinga, a handle of Birdseye Maple and a top of veneered Quilted Maple. The second box has sides of solid Maple, Cherry legs, and a handle and top of highly figured Birdseye Maple.

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 02:38 PM

Modern elegance .
Very nice and unique style .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 04:41 PM

you know that imitation is the most sincere form of a compliment -

now have said that I’m gonna make a couple – thanks for sharing and the ideas : )

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 04:55 PM

Very nice design and good choice of materials. One question though, are the legs attached to the box sides with the two keys on the top only?

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 05:09 PM

Unique and intriguing on top of excellent work!

-- just rjR

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 05:13 PM

re the legs attached to the box sides with the two keys on the top only?

First, thanks for the compliments.

The legs were jointed with the sides for about their upper third and then glued. It’s a very strong attachment. The keys were therefore not absolutely necessary but I had designed them in and went ahead anyway because of the way they looked. If I did them again I would have made them thinner.

The keys were done by hand because the legs were added after the box was already glued. And since the holes for the top’s hinges are on the inside of the boxes only I had to attach the top at the same time that I put the box together so that would get in the way of using a tablesaw for the cuts. One could have used a router well backed up on both sides to avoid tear-out but the curves in the legs and angle on the insides made just doing it by hand easier.

Alternatively, you could attach the legs to the sides before putting the box together and then it would be easy to cut the keys with the table saw. But then, putting the box together with the legs already attached looked like it might present its own challenges.

Of course one could just keep everything square and skip the compound angle stuff and curves but where’s the fun in that? Or maybe I’m just overthinking the whole thing.

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 07:27 PM

Super grain in the wood choices and really neat work. Lucky girls!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 08:11 PM

I like it nice design.

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 12:00 AM

Beautiful jewelry boxes! I’ll bet the new bride just loves hers!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 03-31-2015 02:43 AM

nice box andwood

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 03-31-2015 08:52 AM

Stunning little well-crafted box.
Love the handle and the feet.

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#11 posted 03-31-2015 12:24 PM

Very sweet design and craftsmanship, on these beautiful boxes!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 03-31-2015 06:30 PM

I like the way legs are incorporated and joined with box body. Beautiful box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 07-13-2015 03:51 PM

Very beautifully done.

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

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