Jewelry Box with First Splines

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 01-10-2016 01:02 AM 1304 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try out my new spline jig so I put this box together for the wife’s birthday. These are my first keyed spline joints. Its my first mitered box as well, for which I cut on my new miter joint jig built from a YouTube video by Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

The riser medallion was somewhat of a challenge but worked my way through until I found what I liked. I decided to use a hinged door on top, with trays that lift out. For versatility the small dividers in the trays are removable.

The mirror in the top of the lid was an after thought. I routed the trim work with beaded edge on the router table before cutting them to size.

The over-all size of this box is 13” x 8” and 7-1/2” tall. Finished with 3 coats of natural danish oil and 3 coats of lacquer.

Box is made of maple, cherry and walnut.

Thanks for looking.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 01:18 AM

Very nice splines Mike, great job, the mirror is a nice added touch.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-10-2016 01:45 AM

Good job on all those parts. Went together really well. I know it takes a bunch of time. Keep up the nice work.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#3 posted 01-10-2016 03:01 AM

Nice box- wood and workmanship.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 01-10-2016 12:34 PM

Very nice jb Mike. I like the design, and wood combos.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-10-2016 01:38 PM

Nice looking box and great splines. I love the wood used for the base the brown and reds just stand out.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 01-10-2016 02:01 PM

Mike, this is very nice. Congratulations.

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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#7 posted 01-10-2016 02:52 PM

Thanks everyone. I learned a lot working on this one and the wife really loved it. Always trying to up my game in woodworking and LJ has been a great connection to learn from too. There are so many fabulous and talented folks on here. I still have lots of room for limprovement so to you top notch woodworkers, please keep posting.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#8 posted 01-10-2016 04:35 PM

Very nice work!!

-- -Joe, If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane. -JB

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#9 posted 01-10-2016 08:41 PM

Nice job on the box, Mike

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 01-10-2016 09:24 PM

Lovely box and I am sure your wife was pleased! Nice job.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 01-10-2016 11:23 PM

Great job Mike. Turned out great.

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

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#12 posted 01-11-2016 12:54 AM

Quite a box, very nice

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#13 posted 01-11-2016 01:09 AM

Very nice work.

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

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#14 posted 01-11-2016 01:18 PM

Very nice and inspiring box!

-- Sean Hollick ~

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