Jewelry/Collection Boxes

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Project by jack1 posted 03-09-2009 06:02 AM 1807 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a copy of an old beat up jewelry (?) box I acquired a few years ago full of bolts from I don’t know where (the second picture). Any ways, I was teaching a woodworking elective at school and thought it would a simple design for 13 + 14 year olds.

The boxes are made of fairly clear poplar that was minimally milled. They measure about 10” long by 6” wide by about 3” tall. I used a 3/8 round over bit for the top and bottom and a 1/4 round over for the top edges of the box walls to reduce perceived thickness of those sides (I used 3/4” stock to keep things simple). The cleats are 1/2” thick and formed on the bandsaw and sanding table. The curves on the cleats came from the round ends of two steel machinist rules connected with a straight line, nothing fancy. All joints are butt ends. Easy to make and nice if done tightly.

A few pin nails, “Tite Bond II”, clamps, copper nails used as pivot hinges for the top, Min Wax Stains and Wipe on Poly and, voila!

I just finished this pair today. I’ll probably use them for gifts or donations.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 09:58 AM

Thats a good project for the Middle School/Junior High crowd.

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 02:24 PM

Pretty faithful copies of the original.

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

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 01:34 AM

Perfect project to introduce the kids into a great hobby. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 03-10-2009 03:27 AM

Nice Jewelry Boxes.

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#5 posted 03-11-2009 08:23 AM

I was asked to make a couple dozen boxes for a customer but I declined because I did not want to deal with all the miters and the grooves for the bottom, etc… This design is simple and great for production work.

I’ll build one and ask the customer if they like it. I won’t mind making 2 dozen of these, they seem pretty straight forward.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#6 posted 03-11-2009 08:57 AM

They are simple and look pretty good. If you use poplar, you can get many looks with different stain and natural wood combinations since poplar goes from near white to near walnut. If you use carpet (double sided) tape you can cut at least 2 pairs of cleats at a time on a bandsaw which saves time. Good luck.
By the way, thank you for your service to our country. We are all proud of you and your fellow service men/women.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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