Walnut Jewelry Box

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Project by Blair Helgason posted 1916 days ago 2351 views 23 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This jewelry box was my first commissioned piece as well as my first venture into solid-wood, woodworking. In spite of this, the project went very well, aside from a few set backs and mistakes.

The box was made for a friend, and fellow designer’s, wife. I was given complete design control so I started with some rough sketches and eventually completed a digital rendering. After that was approved we discussed price. Since this was my first piece and I couldn’t give the customer much of a guarantee on the quality we started fairly low. This was fine with me since I figured he was taking a bit of a chance.

I started with approx. 9’ of walnut and a half sheet of 1/8” baltic birch. I rough cut all of the pieces and milled them to their final thickness. I then moved on to the joinery using keyed mitres for the back corners and mortise and tennons for the front. The drawer was made with simple rabbets on the back and stopped dadoes on the front.

I sanded the whole box down to 180 grit and finished with Tung Oil, rubbing with fine steel wool between coats.

Both my friend and his wife couldn’t be happier with the box, so I guess it was a success. Thanks for reading!

P.S. I’d just like to thank James for taking a chance on me with this project and I hope it lasts for years.

-- Blair

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#1 posted 1916 days ago

Hey Blair
very nice jewelry box clean design and nice walnut

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1916 days ago

very nice , easy to look at , majestic !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 1916 days ago

Very nice… I like the flow of the grain around the piece. I also like the false drawer front and how you worked the lid into it.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#4 posted 1916 days ago

Great piece. It looks very sturdy. I am sure your customer’s great grandchildren will still be enjoying it a century from now.

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#5 posted 1916 days ago

Nice box!

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#6 posted 1916 days ago

Beautiful results. Very accurate.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 1916 days ago

Simple and elegant at the same time.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#8 posted 1916 days ago

Nice and tight. Well done!

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 1916 days ago

Super clean design with all the internal bells and whistles. Great job!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1916 days ago

Hi Blair;

This is a nice box. I like the lines.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Ronnie Jackson

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#11 posted 1912 days ago

very cool design, nice work


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Jay Neale III

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#12 posted 1912 days ago

Excellent design! It should, indeed, last for years.

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#13 posted 1457 days ago

good show,time for another.

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#14 posted 1457 days ago

Missed THIS one, first time around.

Wow !


I asked my mom if I could make her a tea box, but … her house has very little counter space. What she WOULD like is a jewelry box. This one is a real inspiration for me.

Well done !

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 595 days ago

This is beautiful. I love the design and the wood you used.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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