Pagoda Jewelry Box

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Project by themaddriver posted 10-27-2015 08:49 PM 1974 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Pagoda style jewelry box that I saw an image of on google. My first take is made out of left over oak and I believe poplar or aspen. Got all the lumber from the local big box store. Of course way over priced for their lumber. Any way it took me about a year to complete. On and off and a lot of time under the ocean cruising the seas. Well I had to buy some specialty router bits to complete the project and afterward upgraded my entire router setup from a cheap $99 craftsman set up. This is where I learned why wood burns as it is shaped. Now I have the famed Porter Cable router and Incra table. I also made my first set of wooden hinges on this box. I don’t think it turned out that bad. Finished it with dark walnut for the oak and I believe it is called Autumn for the poplar. Cleared it with standard minwax poly. Ordered some General Finish poly and hope for a marked increase in the quality of my finished projects. I read somewhere it is best to take on projects that are way over ones ability to really grow. Continuing to learn at a remarkable rate. Anyway I ended up gifting this to my sister.

-- Hope is not a course of action!!!

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#1 posted 10-27-2015 09:03 PM

Nice little box.
I like different…......................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 10-27-2015 09:21 PM

Nicely done. This has already gone into my ‘gotta try that’ file.

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 11:24 PM

Very nicely done my friend.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 11:56 PM

Great looking jewelry box—I really like those drawer pulls!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 01:17 AM

very nice!

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 08:18 AM

Well done, I may try to make one as well.

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#7 posted 10-28-2015 09:53 AM

thanks for sharing, great design, I’ll try same

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#8 posted 10-28-2015 12:16 PM

This design is very nice and unusual. You really have done a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 10-28-2015 01:40 PM

nice build

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#10 posted 10-28-2015 03:49 PM

Really nice. I like the idea of wooden hinges. I haven’t tried it yet but you have me thinking again. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#11 posted 10-28-2015 04:47 PM

Wooden hinges and the diamond drawer guides really make this unique. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Don, -

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#12 posted 10-28-2015 05:30 PM

Excellent work. It’s nice seeing a stacked drawer style box every so often. Even though I slightly favor the internal tray style it’s nice to change things up sometimes. I might have to plan a multi drawer for my next box build.

Love the choice on lumber contrast.

The lid design / construction really intregies me. It’s a bit of a riddle of how you attached it square and cut the lid with out slicing threw the sides. Did you mill some dowels for alignment then cut into 3 pieces and glue with the dowels?

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#13 posted 10-28-2015 06:29 PM

I really like the unique design of this box. The hidden splines on the drawers are a nice touch also.
By the way, thank you so much for your service.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#14 posted 10-28-2015 06:55 PM

The lid design / construction really intregies me. It s a bit of a riddle of how you attached it square and cut the lid with out slicing threw the sides. Did you mill some dowels for alignment then cut into 3 pieces and glue with the dowels?

- athomas5009

All I did was take a measurement from the side and slice that part of the lid off on both sides. Then I set the lid and the sides on the box and ensured I had equal distance used some paper between the sides and the movable lid and glued the fixed top sides to the box. Then I set the hinges and attached the top. Note this is entirely held together with glue. No nails or screws.

-- Hope is not a course of action!!!

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