|Project by MHarper90||posted 10-30-2015 05:54 PM||1627 views||16 times favorited||13 comments|
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.