Jewelry Box

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Project by bobasaurus posted 09-13-2009 05:00 AM 2839 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at making a jewelry box. It took about 3 days to make the box, and all week to finish it (I hate finishing… someday I’ll have to get a sprayer to speed the process). The sides are red oak, the top frame is purpleheart with laminated padauk strips (also the main box splines), the center panel of the top frame is figured sapele veneer (the same as on my wooden computer) on a baltic birch ply substrate, the bottom is MDF, and the splines in the top frame are hard maple (from some scraps I had lying around). Since I made this quickly, there were a number of mistakes. The main box splines were too deep and the splines too thick… the strips split and shredded horribly while pounding them in. I had to make lots of little wedges to hammer in the remaining gaps. Noting this mistake, I made the top frame splines smaller, but my jig slipped a bit on some of them. Oh well, I think it looks decent overall. The hinges also gave me a bit of trouble, as they were not very straight (stupid cheap Chinese parts from the local hardware store). Another mistake was using normal Titebond wood glue for the veneering. It bled through the veneer pretty badly and made the finish a bit uneven. I didn’t have much luck with contact cement when I was working with the wood comp, so maybe I’ll have to come up with a different solution (urea resin?).

The design is similar to a jewelry box tutorial I found on this site (I can’t find it now, so I’m not sure who wrote it). Eventually I’ll make at least a velvet-covered bottom insert, and maybe some dividers. I finished with 5 coats of a tung oil / poly blend.

Bigger versions of these pics:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 06:16 AM

Nice box, I love the look of purple heart when used properly (which you did). :D

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#2 posted 09-13-2009 06:19 AM

Beautiful box, it came out great!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 07:03 AM

Wow, that top really pops.. the figured sapele veneer is amazing. Great job.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#4 posted 09-13-2009 07:30 AM

Very nice box. Love the use of the splines to add suport to the corners as well as a decorative feature.

Great job. Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 09-13-2009 07:34 AM

Thanks for the comments. The sapele veneer is neat stuff. I bought it cheap off ebay since it was slightly damaged and really warped. The warping makes it difficult to apply, though it would be simple with a vacuum press. Before it is finished, the sapele looks really bland, but several coats of oil or poly make the figure stand out beautifully.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 09-13-2009 04:40 PM

wow this is an amazazing box great wood and super details.

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#7 posted 09-13-2009 05:14 PM

Nice looking box. Nice wood and finish. Beautifully matched.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 05:24 PM

good job, I dont see the mistakes your talking about, looks great to me. is a mistake a mistake if ya make it go away?

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#9 posted 09-14-2009 04:52 PM

Beautiful colors. Great job.


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#10 posted 12-05-2009 01:11 AM

sweet box i have to move faster u guys are killing me i was gonna put that same lock on my next box but u beet me to it and yours came out really good.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 03-21-2010 01:22 AM

Glad to see a fellow Coloradan here at LJ. You are just down the road. I live in Erie. Maybe we can get together someday and discuss saw dust.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 03-21-2010 02:03 AM

I was surprised to find a comrade woodworker so close by, John. It’s good to know I’m not the only one around wallowing in sawdust every chance I get. You should come by some day and give some tips to a newbie woodworker… I’m still trying to lay out and set up my small shop, as I moved into this house less than 6 months ago. I’m always scouring craigslist and amazon for tools, building up my equipment. Right now I’m applying coats of finish to my first Andy-style box.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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