Hand Made Jewelry Box

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Project by RLindberry posted 10-09-2015 07:49 PM 1390 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago a friend asked me to make her a jewelry box. Her dad owns a local sawmill and she said she wanted to provide the wood: quilted maple and some Koa. When she finally gave me the wood, I started making plans for the box. There was a single plank of highly figured maple that had some spalting and rotting and a lot of wane, so I had to plan the pieces very carefully. The Koa was already sawn to about 3/8” and highly warped, so about all I could think of to use it for was veneers.

This was done entirely with hand tools, except for the woodburning. All of the maple is from a single plank (originally a rough sawn 5/4 board), and I used poplar that I had on hand for a secondary wood. Drawer veneers were hand sawn, and applied with hot hide glue. The “secret” compartment behind the top drawer is one of my favorite features, and is held in place with a tapered sliding dovetail on the divider. Finish is BLO and dewaxed shellac. I’m still not happy with my shellac skills, but this came out OK.

Questions, comments, or suggestions for next time (if there is a next time) are all welcome.

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#1 posted 10-09-2015 08:35 PM

You want comments you say? Here’s one, HOLY CRAP!!! That is a beautiful box. Having beautiful wood is one thing, knowing how to use it is another. You, beyond question, know how to use it. Nice tight joints, ( I couldn’t make a tight dovetail if my life depended on it). I don’t see anything wrong with the shellac job either. An all around awesome job, thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 10-09-2015 08:37 PM

Beautiful. Really like the curl in this wood. The hidden compartment is a nice touch!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 10-09-2015 09:31 PM

This is an awesome project! I don’t think I have seen grain like that before & your design & build of the jewelry box looks flawless. Very inspiring.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 10-09-2015 11:57 PM

That is a beautiful jewelry box! And I love the figure in that quilted maple—spectacular! I’m sure your friend loves it, and enjoys it every day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 11:58 PM

That is the most amazing figured maple I have ever seen! And you did it proud with your woodworking skills. Finish looks flawless from here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 01:14 AM

gfadvm stole my words. Great box.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 10-10-2015 03:23 AM

Wow, Spectacular maple and a very nice designed box.

-- When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disapointed they are not it.

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#8 posted 10-10-2015 03:27 AM

Mother nature certainly know how to make beautiful wood for people like yourself to turn into beautiful timber items.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#9 posted 10-10-2015 09:56 AM

the figure on that maple is astounding..great job on the box!!!!

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#10 posted 10-10-2015 01:38 PM

Awesome! I like how the drawer fronts attach to the sides. Beautiful wood. You should be proud!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 10-10-2015 01:45 PM

This piece really looks nice. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 10-10-2015 07:58 PM

looks great

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#13 posted 10-11-2015 04:31 AM

Outstanding box – from choice of wood, beautiful joints and hidden compartment. Nice decoration on front top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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