Jewelry Box - First Project

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Project by Bovine posted 05-13-2009 08:11 PM 1586 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project. Let’s just say that I had a LOT of educational opportunities as I made it. The box is made of Padauk with a Maple inlay and lid. I finished it with a spray-laquer as I wanted a nice glossy look to it. I like the look of contrasting woods. I know that the Padauk will turn to a brownish color over time, but I think it still should look ok with the Maple.

Since this is just a simple inlay and it’s symetrical, I first inlayed the rough Padauk with the Maple. After a few quick passes through the planer to smooth it out, I cut the various pieces. My son designed the lid. He didn’t want it too fancy, so that’s how it stayed.

Lessons Learned (remember, this is a first project)
1. Even thought the Table Saw’s blade adjustment says 45 degrees, that’s really only a ballpark guess
2. Accurate 45 degree cuts are important for a square mitre joint (see #1)
3. A fine-toothed sawblade reduces chipout
4. Use the same mesuring device for all measurements.
5. Make all cuts a bit over, then make a final cut to size.
6. Sharp pencils are more accurate than dull ones.
7. Padauk leaves a dust that will speckle Maple. Once it’s in, you can’t get it out without some serious sanding.

I had a fun time making this!

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 05-13-2009 08:21 PM

Nice Box love that Padauk. Good list of Items to remember. As far as the 45 degree part if you build a sled just for flat work using 45 degrees an set your blade as close to 45 degrees as you can get with what tools you have then you cut your wood for boxes and label your cuts left and right (as to what side of the blade you cut it) Then your box will have tight corners as long as when you glue it up you have one left and one right and on each corner and it is squared properly.

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 08:54 PM

Pretty little box, and it sounds like you learned a lot!

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 09:01 PM

As charlie said you learned a lot which is always a good thing i like the contrast in the padauk and maple

what did you make the base from ….....

thanks for posting


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#4 posted 05-13-2009 09:04 PM

Great start.
Some other suggestions.
Marking knife is more accurate than a pencil
A1Jim was right but also on mitered corners try to cut your boards in consecutive order and you will get a “wrap around” affect in the grain as it goes from one side to the other. At least on 3 corners (-;
I have also had some problems with Paduk bleeding color into Maple when I use an oil finish (on cutting boards).

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 04:20 AM

What a great first project you and your son did a very good job. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing your progress. Thanks for sharing Billp

-- Billp

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 04:55 AM

I really like that padauk ! I made some shelves out of paduak and it turned an almost purplish Burgundy (I used tongue oil as a finish )

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