Jewelry Box for my Bride

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Project by MHarper90 posted 10-30-2015 05:54 PM 1906 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t had much time or space to do any woodworking while the Navy has me working hard in South Carolina and living in an apartment, but I made a friend with a small shop and used all of my available time towards the end of this past summer to build this jewelry box for my wife to give to her at the rehearsal dinner before our wedding last month.

This is a design I borrowed from another project on this site, but I made some modifications and enlargements in order to build exactly what I was looking for.

The dimensions are 13” x 8.5” x 5”, and it’s made out of curly maple and purple heart that I milled to size at the furniture maker’s shop where I bought it.

The box and trays are mitered corners with surface glued top/bottom surfaces. All hardware is solid brass and the ring bars (left and right sections of the top tray) and padding is all velvet. The ribbon is a flush inlay around the entire box, including the bottom surface.

This was a first project for me on many levels. First box, first use of Brusso quadrant hinges, and first attempt at a wooden bow. I think it turned out really well and went together smoothly, but the wooden bow definitely took a lot of patience to get perfect.

I was very critical over my work on this project because I know that I will see it every day as it will live on our dresser for ever. I finished it with many coats of lacquer before adding the velvet, mirror, and brass hardware. I am pleased with the outcome, and I know my wife loves it too. She cried when she opened it.

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 06:16 PM

I really like the ribbon boxes and you have really done a wonderful job on this one. I’m sure it was very well received as it should be. Good job

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#2 posted 10-30-2015 06:39 PM

nice box…

-- Robert, HolguĂ­n

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#3 posted 10-30-2015 06:49 PM

Really nice so much I am adding it to my list of projects for inspiration.

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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#4 posted 10-30-2015 07:42 PM

As my daughter just said that ribbon is intense. Totally amazing.

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 11:36 PM

That is wonderful….and worth seeing every day…great job

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#6 posted 10-30-2015 11:44 PM

Great job, excellent gift. Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 10-30-2015 11:58 PM

Beautiful jewelry box! The ribbon is outstanding, and I like the mirror inside—classy touch!

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

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#8 posted 10-31-2015 12:19 PM

what a beautiful project and you can tell that it was made with great passion! Outstanding work and thanks for sharing!. I’d love to see more on how you did the bow.

-- Jeff Lemont, IL.

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#9 posted 10-31-2015 02:34 PM

Bravo that ribbon is awesome

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#10 posted 10-31-2015 02:38 PM

This is a beautiful box and I’m sure that she loved 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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#11 posted 10-31-2015 04:05 PM

I’m always amazed when I see ribbon boxes and this is no exception. She’s a lucky girl.

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

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#12 posted 11-01-2015 12:33 AM

Great work, a real beauty.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 11-02-2015 03:10 PM

Great job. Really like the hinged necklace section. I am sure it will be loved for a long time. ;)

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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