Jewelry Box in Walnut

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Project by Joe Watson posted 1868 days ago 3056 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend gave me some walnut and I was asked to build a jewelry box for my niece since she was getting her first jewelry on her birthday. I decided to try my hand at inlay. The inlay is purpleheart from some scraps the same person who gave me the walnut was throwing out. I again thank this person who I am sure will read this. The maple was left over from my entry way table. I also got to try doing a mitered key. I am most proud of the finish i put on this. I started with sanding to 150 grit. Used tung oil from minwax then sanding between coats with 220. Then buffed with #0000 steel wool and added a coat of finishing wax.

-- Got Wood?

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#1 posted 1868 days ago


I really like the wood combinations.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 1868 days ago

Great box Joe. You sure put that walnut to good use. Love that little purple heart.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 1868 days ago

Nice job for a lot of “firsts”!

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

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#4 posted 1868 days ago

Beautiful box, nice finish.Your niece will love it. Whatever the box is sitting on also looks interesting. What is it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 1868 days ago

The table is an Oak round table.

That’s purple heart you gave me as well. That walnut works for itself starts glowing the minute you put the oil finish on. again i cant thank you enough it gave me a chance to work with a really nice wood.

-- Got Wood?

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#6 posted 1868 days ago

Great job. Just love the color combination ans the inlay.

Very nice present for your neice. I’m sure she will love it.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 1868 days ago

Simply gorgeous! Very, VERY well done! The purpleheart was perfect for the inlay. And the contrasting woods look great together.

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#8 posted 1868 days ago

You’re welcome Joe. I knew that wood was going to someone who would appreciate it and use it wisely.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#9 posted 1868 days ago

Great looking box.

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#10 posted 1867 days ago

cool box great design well done

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1527 days ago

I love the heart on the box, & your simple lift out box with dividers is nice addition.

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

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