Jewelry box 2

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Project by JADobson posted 04-20-2015 03:42 PM 1166 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this box as a birthday present for my wife. It is made of spalted birch and walnut. It is my own design though I’m sure you’ll notice bits and pieces lifted from here and there. I’ve never been terrible good with proportions so I usually find something of an appropriate size and copy the dimensions. In this case, this box is exactly the same size as The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.

The box is built with mortise and tenons. They have to be offset to fit them into the narrow walnut posts. This means that the long sides of the box have two tenons while the short sides only have one that fits between. There is about 3/32” between the mortises so some delicate chisel work was needed. The curves on the corners were cut by hand with my Gramercy bow saw. I’m not sure how I did anything before I had it. After my block plane, its my favourite tool. The bottom is lined with felt.

The till is made with 1/4” walnut from the same piece of wood that the sides and lid came from. I re-sawed it with my bow saw. The corners are dovetailed together and I cut the stopped rabbit for the bottom by hand with a chisel as well. It is also lined with felt.

The lid is made from 1/4” walnut as well. The piercing was done with the bow saw. The idea for the lid came from Rob Brown’s article in Canadian Woodworking Magazine ( ). Same idea but on a larger scale. The handle is mortised into the top and is made up of a hand shaped handle, cut with the bow saw and then sanded. I originally wanted a more fluid curved shape to the walnut uprights that hold it but I’m not good enough yet to get curves to fit tightly in that sort of space. I tried hard though, before switching to the straight ones I eventually used. That is really my only disappointment with this project. There are bamboo skewers pinning these joints as well.

Finish is shellac.

Any comments/critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- James

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 04:28 PM

Very impressive. I can’t wait until you get good enough. :)

-- Bob

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 06:15 PM

Very nice James, I especially like the fret work on the lid. The only thing that I might have done differently would be to replicate the leg post design into the lid handle but yours works just fine. I presume the lid is rabbeted into the body opening. Again, very nice

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

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#3 posted 04-20-2015 11:44 PM

That is way awesome James. The handle gives it a Viking kind of look.

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

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 12:18 AM

Great looking jewelry box! Kind of has a Klingon look to it!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 12:35 PM

I really like this.

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

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#6 posted 07-02-2015 02:18 PM

This is a real beauty and has a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 09:45 PM

Thanks Charles, I’m still really proud of this one.

-- James

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#8 posted 01-22-2016 10:59 AM

wow, that is a really nice looking piece. What’s even more impressive is that you cut those posts by hand. Lots of attention to detail there. and that handle is a thing of beauty in-and-of itself.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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